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What do divorcing couples argue about the most and why?

Letting go of a marriage and starting over at any age is filled with challenges, most of which revolves around money. Women are particularly vulnerable to financial instability after parting ways. Undoubtedly, money and how much you have can play a major role of contention within divorce disputes.

What you have left in your bank account can dictate your living arrangements, provisions for your children and your quality of life. Oftentimes, couples make statements about divorce in the heat of an argument. Emotion-driven decisions can lead you down a path of no return and wreak havoc on your future.

What types of custody awards can be made?

If you are getting divorced in Pennsylvania and you have one or more minor children with your future former spouse, you will no doubt be very concerned about what might happen to your relationship with your kids.When it comes to child custody awards, there are two primary forms of custody that can be granted but there are ultimately seven different forms of custody awards.

As explained by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the two overarching types of custody are legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody grants one or both parents the right to make essential decisions on behalf of their children. These decisions include anything related to the health care, education, religious observance and other matters of their children. A court may award shared legal custody which grants this right equally to both parents or sole legal custody which grants this right to one parent only.

Informing kids about divorce

Parents in Pennsylvania who face the daunting task of telling their children that they are getting divorced may understandably feel their stomachs in knots when picturing the conversation. There is no easy way to break the news to kids that their parents will be splitting up but there are some things that moms and dads can do to prevent the experience from being worse or more difficult than it needs to be and to help children begin to process the changes to come.

Psychology Today advocates that parents have an initial conversation, like a family meeting, with all children present at one time. Certainly, children of different ages and different temperaments will react differently, understand differently and have unique concerns and questions. Many of these things can be addressed individually after the first communication about the divorce has been made to everyone.

Private school and child support

Divorcing spouses in Pennsylvania who have minor children often need to determine if one person will pay child support to the other and, if so, how much money will be paid every month. When evaluating this, it is always important that you have a clear understanding of the purpose for child support as there are some expenses that may be outside the scope of these payments. If you are the spouse who will receive child support, you will want to know what additional expenses you may be liable for on your own.

As explained by the Pennsylvania Code, the state uses a Basic Child Support Schedule to determine if child support is owed by one parent and how much that parent should pay. This schedule is based on the fundamental needs and rights of children so that kids are ensured a proper place to live, clothes to wear and food to eat. Children are also acknowledged the right to an education so purchasing school supplies, for example, may be a reasonable use of child support funds.

What can and cannot be in a prenup

Engaged couples in Pennsylvania might naturally want to focus their energies on planning their wedding and honeymoon but smart couples will also look beyond that and focus on planning their lives beyond the wedding. Part of doing this involves looking at some of the challenges they may encounter, including even a potential divorce. This exercise can force people to talk about difficult topics that they may otherwise avoid but that can help them in the long run.

Couples who choose to create a prenuptial agreement must certainly have these conversations. Business Insider indicates that anyone getting remarried can benefit from a prenup and so can partners who have businesses or other assets they need to protect.

Parental relocation and parent-child relationships

If you and your spouse are getting divorced in Pennsylvania and you have children still at home, you will no doubt be concerned about helping your kids through this experience. Maintaining strong relationships with both parents is generally considered to be in the best interest of children barring unusual circumstances such as when one parent is abusive to children. What happens when one parent feels they must move out of the area in order to support themselves and meet their financial obligations to their children?

Every state and divorce decree may have a different view on parental location but some of these decisions may rest with you and your children's other parent. As explained by Psychology Today, should the two of you as adults agree that a parental relocation is acceptable, you will next want to work together to do what you can to protect that parent's relationships with the children for the good of the kids.

College costs and divorced parents

Spouses in Pennsylvania who have children still in high school or lower grades when they get divorced will want to pay special attention to planning for the cost of college during their divorce. as explained by Student Loan Hero, it is not uncommon for divorce decrees to stipulate financial support for children up to the age of 18. In some cases, a clause may include support through high school graduation, understanding that many children turn 18 during their senior year of high school.

Any support beyond that point may be left up to the discretion of a parent unless the spouses had more detailed terms outlined in their divorce agreement. Doing this is possible but requires foresight on the part of both parents and this may feel very far in the future for parents of very young children compared to parents of kids who are in high school at the time of the divorce.

3 reasons why it’s time for a child custody modification

Life after divorce strings along many changes. For some people, they want a fresh start and clean slate. For others, they want to continue giving their children a normal life. Sometimes this means they want their child to spend equal time with both parents. Other times, the court might find it beneficial for the child to stay with one parent versus the other. Regardless of the finalized custody arrangement, things change and children grow. It’s necessary to make adjustments to accommodate them.

How can you divide your assets?

When residents in Pennsylvanian go through a divorce, you're going to be dealing with things like property and asset division. This is where Palange, Endres & Marks, P.C., come in, as we can help guide you through the process as simply and easily as possible.

First, there's the option of amicably deciding how you want your assets to be divided. Though this isn't possible for everyone, it's a good option to consider if you and your ex-spouse are still on good terms. Amicable resolution of asset division means that all parties involved can decide without court interference on who will be getting what. You will be able to decide on your own terms how you want your property, joint finances, retirement funds and more to be divided.

The effect your financial situation has on child support

When Pennsylvanian parents split, there are still financial matters to take care of, such as child support payments. Support payments in particular can get a little tricky, but the plus side is that they're also very flexible and can change based on one's financial situations.

FindLaw takes a look at the steps that are necessary to file for child support modification, which can be used to change the child support arrangement that is currently in place. For the most part, the biggest catalysts of change revolve around one or both parent's financial situations. For example, the paying parent may be able to reduce the payment if they lose their job, start supporting a new family, or get into an accident. On the flip side, they may be required to pay more if their spouse loses a job but their situation remains stable.

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