Divorce Separation

Divorce is the formal legal dissolution of a marriage. The divorce process implicates many diverse areas of the law including, but not limited to, real estate, wills and trusts, child custody, and tax.
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Can I Date After I Separate?

Rumor has it that Miss Piggy, after separating from her long-time love Kermit the Frog last month, has publicly announced her readiness to begin dating again. In fact, a photograph recently surfaced in which Miss Piggy and...more

The Ashley Madison Hack — Will It Cause Couples To Divorce?

Everyone is speculating that the Ashley Madison hack will mean an increase in business for divorce lawyers. This remains to be seen. However, the real question is what happens if your name appears on the list of users? And...more

Did the California Supreme Court Clarify "Living Separate and Apart" Standard in Dissolution Cases?

In Marriage of Davis (July 20, 2015, S215050) 2015 Cal Lexis 5115, 2015 WL 4394006, the California Supreme Court tackled the question of whether, in a dissolution proceeding, a couple may be characterized as "living separate...more

Till Death Do Us Part. . . or at Least Until the Divorce Becomes Final

When important changes occur in life, it is advisable to reevaluate your estate planning to ensure it continues to meet the goals and objectives you have for your estate and your beneficiaries – and going through a divorce is...more

Can I Be Legally Separated in Pennsylvania?

As the song goes, there may be “fifty ways to leave your lover,” but none of them will constitute a legal separation in Pennsylvania. A legal separation may only be decreed by a court, through a written order, which sets...more

Avoiding the Pitfalls from Separation to Divorce and Beyond

Going through a legal separation or divorce is a very stressful, emotional and financially taxing period in anyone’s life. There are many pressing issues that take center stage in a divorce, especially if you have minor...more

How do I get a “legal separation” in Pennsylvania?

You don’t! Unlike several other states, Pennsylvania does not require separating parties to go to court and request that a judge issue a formal decree separating the parties. Rather, separating parties in Pennsylvania may...more

Putting A Ring On It (And Not Getting It Back)

State rules vary governing what happens to an engagement ring if the marriage fails to occur. There are even different rules from state to state determining whether the ring becomes marital property subject to division after...more

“Magic” Words To Ensure an Ex-Spouse Remains in Will

Attorneys often encounter situations in which someone makes a will or designates a beneficiary naming their spouse as the heir or beneficiary, separates from their spouse, fails to make changes to their will or beneficiary...more

Tips to Protect Your Privacy When Separating – Part 1

For most folks the decision to separate is hard, and the reality of what separation means can be harder. One of the most important aspects of separating is privacy. Whether you stay in the marital home or get your own new...more

Long Time Separation Does Not Equal Divorce

Most employers know that a married participant in a qualified retirement plan must name a spouse as beneficiary for at least a portion of the benefit unless the spouse signs a notarized written consent or the spouse cannot be...more

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