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3 reasons to reduce or terminate spousal support payments

Now that it has been a few years since your divorce, you might be wondering if your alimony payments are still necessary. Perhaps you have noticed your former spouse moving in with a partner who is financially supportive. Maybe you lost your job. Whatever the situation is, you might have a chance at reducing or terminating your alimony payments.

According to Pennsylvania law, modification of spousal support requires “a substantial change in circumstances.” What does this mean? Here are a few reasons why you may be able to pursue a modification.

How to modify a child custody order in Pennsylvania

The finalization of your divorce can bring a huge sense of relief and mark a turning point in your life. Unfortunately, a divorce degree does not necessarily mean that you and your ex are done with legal battles. 

One of the ways in which lawyers may become involved again is through a child custody modification. if your ex is cooperative, you can quickly handle any requested changes to an existing child custody order outside of court. If however, you or your ex take issue with the requested changes, changing your current agreement can be a long and contentious process. 

3 tips for winning your child custody case in Pennsylvania

Being a parent, as you begin the divorce process, one of the most emotional and confusing aspects may revolve around child custody decisions. Regardless of your marital problems, you love your child and want to be involved in his or her life. As a father, you may worry about the outcome of a child custody hearing. It is important to know that Pennsylvania child custody laws are gender-neutral and based on the best interests of your child.

This fact, however, does not guarantee that you will win your child custody case. Keep reading for three tips to increase your chances of success.

3 strategies for protecting your business during divorce

As a business owner with a considerable amount of assets, there are specific things you need to consider when going through a divorce. Along with the personal and financial difficulties associated with any divorce, you must evaluate how your business may be affected. If your spouse contributed to your business’s growth or your revenues substantially increased during the course of your marriage, you likely share a significant amount of joint assets.

Even if marital and business assets aren’t co-mingled, barring a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, your spouse is likely to still have a financial interest in your business that must be considered when dividing assets. Find out three things you can do to protect your business during divorce.

Why do people get abused in nursing homes?

Whether you are researching nursing homes for yourself or for a loved one, it is good to know why abuse can occur in these homes. With this information in mind, you can take steps to minimize the chances of abuse in your situation.

Background checks on staff are not thorough enough

Some nursing homes may try to cut corners here and there by, for example, letting someone start work before background check results are in, or using a company that promises inexpensive, if incomplete, checks. Ask about the level of screening that the nursing home staff goes through, and also inquire about what happens if/when a fellow resident with a troublesome history is admitted.

Why men are getting more alimony and how it effects you

When it comes to divorce, there is often a financial burden placed on one party upon separation. The spouse who earns less may be faced with the pressure of finding a new job to replace the income enjoyed while married. If you assume that the woman is the partner in this position, you may be surprised to learn that it is men who are increasingly being named as recipients of alimony after a divorce. According to Reuters, in fact, shifting social values have motivated more men to seek support. There are several other reasons, too, and things to consider regarding men and alimony.

What to know about hit and run accidents

Earlier this year, Dennis Rodman made the news for an unfortunate accident after driving the wrong way on the highway.

Apparently, he did not leave behind his contact details with the other driver. While he did not ultimately walk away with a hit and run charge, not everyone is so lucky when they make a mistake.

Warrant required? Cellphone owners may not be protected in these situations.

When ringing in the New Year, you may have resolved to limit time you devoted to surfing or texting on your cellphone. If you're like many Americans, however, the urge to grab the phone to respond to whatever message has been sent your way may override any well-meaning goals proposed in the early hours of January 1. The desire to use this device to document all aspects of daily life, maintain a database of contacts and stream shows may have elevated the status of your smartphone in your eyes. Some people may claim they can't live without their cellphone; you may find yourself entering that camp of cellphone adherents.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts echoed this sentiment in explaining the court's decision to require warrants be obtained before searching a cellphone. Citing the "pervasive and insistent part of daily life" that cellphones play in facilitating transactions, recording images and communicating with others, Chief Justice Roberts extended the same protections to cellular devices as are provided to homes.

Understanding Waivers/Exculpatory Clauses

Waivers, sometimes referred to as exculpatory clauses, limit or prohibit claims that may arise for personal injuries or property damage. They are typically included in contracts with fitness clubs, ski resorts or other types of athletic or recreational facilities. In some cases, the waivers or exculpatory clauses are printed on tickets for admission to sporting events, such as baseball games and hockey games. The legal effect of acquiescing to the waiver is that the individual agrees to assume the risk of personal injury or property damage that may be associated with a particular activity, notwithstanding the negligence of the other party. Examples of spectators being injured and waiving their right to sue for personal injuries would be fans struck by foul baseballs, errant bats, or hockey pucks.

Separation Period for No-Fault Divorces in Pennsylvania Reduced

As of December 5th, 2016, the mandatory separation period required under Section 3301(d) of the divorce code will be reduced from two years to one year. This new rule is only applicable to parties separating after December 5th. The current two-year separation period remains applicable to married persons that separated prior to December 5th. This means that anyone who separates from their spouse after December 5, 2016, and files for a no-fault divorce, but does not have the consent of the other spouse to be divorced, only has to wait one year before he or she can establish the grounds for divorce. Establishing the "grounds for divorce" enables a party to either proceed to obtain a decree or begin litigating the division of the marital estate. Determining a date of separation can be difficult in its own right but oftentimes the date of the divorce filing becomes the default date of separation. When first enacted in 1980, the Divorce Code imposed a three-year separation period. In 1988, the law was changed to reduce the waiting period down to two years. As of December 5, 2016, the separation period that has been in place for roughly 28 years will be cut in half. If you have questions regarding the new changes to the Divorce Code, be sure to consult with an attorney experienced in these matters before proceeding. Keep in mind that this article should not be viewed as legal advice and is for informational purposes only. Feel free to call me, Liam Duffy, or anyone at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford if you are interested in a free consultation.http://www.rgsglaw.com/Family-Law/
Gregory R. Gifford
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