Category Archives: Divorce

Same Sex Marriage in Pennsylvania

Same sex marriages have been legally recognized in Pennsylvania since May 20, 2014, as a result of a decision of a U.S. District Court Judge. On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges established a constitutional right to marriage for same-sex couples. These decisions have had a broad impact […]

Pennsylvania’s No Fault Divorce Law Has Changed

The Pennsylvania legislature has changed the no fault divorce law. The waiting period for a unilateral divorce was reduced from two to one year. Act 102 of 2016 was signed by the Governor on October 4, 2016, effective in 60 days – December 3, 2016. The new law applies only to periods of separation which […]

Divorce Agreements

The most common method of settling a Divorce case is through a property settlement agreement. The agreement will typically resolve issues such as distribution of property, spousal support and alimony. Other issues, such as child custody, can be included in the agreement as well. Before signing any agreement, be certain that you understand it. Even […]

Who Gets To Stay In The Home Until The Divorce Is Final?

When a couple separates, one of the first questions is who will stay, and who will leave the marital home. Sometimes both will stay: this is rarely a good long-term solution, although there are some situations where it makes economic sense to do this. Ideally, the parties would come to an understanding about this, and […]

Annulment in Pennsylvania

What is the Difference between a Divorce and an Annulment in Pennsylvania? An annulment is a declaration by a Court that a marriage never existed – it was never valid. Divorce makes the opposite assumption: the marriage was valid, but should now be terminated. What are the Grounds for Annulment in Pennsylvania The grounds for […]

CAN I RECEIVE SOCIAL SECURITY ON MY SPOUSE’S ACCOUNT AFTER A DIVORCE?

Persons who are divorced may still be able to draw social security benefits on your former spouse’s account. Social Security Retirement Benefits The requirements for these benefits include: A marriage that lasted 10 years or longer; You have not re-married. If your spouse is deceased, you may still be entitled to benefits if you are […]

PROTECTION FROM ABUSE IN PENNSYLVANIA

Domestic Violence Resources In Pennsylvania There is a wealth of resources available in Pennsylvania for victims of domestic violence. A good place to start is the website of the Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence: www.pcadv.org. They have a directory of local programs, and a hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). In Blair County, there is a local shelter, […]