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Why do so many people sell homes in a divorce?

Have you and your spouse been contemplating getting divorced? If so, you are not alone despite how it may feel as many others in Pennsylvania have either been in your situation are are currently. Among the many things you may be wondering about is where you might live after you get divorced. It is natural to want to try and stay in a home where you are already established and comfortable, especially if you have young children at home. However, doing so might not be your best bet.

Are student loans split in a divorce?

If you are contemplating a divorce in Pennsylvania, you know that you and your current spouse will have to figure out how to split any assets you share. You will also have to figure out how to split any debts you have. If your spouse owes money for student loans that have not yet been fully paid, you might be concerned as to whether or not you will be held responsible for this money. On the other side of the equation, if you are the one who owes student loan debt, you might be wondering if your spouse will be held accountable for some of this, especially if they have clearly benefitted from your education.

2-time WNBA MVP ordered to make one-time alimony payment

Many may go into divorce proceedings in Reading thinking that an award of alimony to one side will be automatic. They may be unpleasantly surprised to find out that alimony is not a given. Spousal support is not meant to be punitive towards one side in a divorce agreement in any way; rather, it is supposed to help one side support him or herself until he or she is able to finance the same standard of living he or she enjoyed while married on his or her own. This also reveals another misunderstood fact about alimony: It typically is not meant to be permanent. It may be paid for a predetermined period of time, or be revoked upon the review of the court that ordered it. 

Amending a custody agreement

If you are a divorced parent in Pennsylvania or the parent of a child you share with a former partner even if you were never married, you may well have a legally binding child custody agreement in place. This document outlines the specific times and days that your child is with you and when they are with their other parent. Other details such as locations and times of handoffs may also be included in your agreement.

The opioid epidemic and america's family dynamics

As the opioid epidemic continues to take its toll across America, Pennsylvania appears to be one of the most severely affected areas on the map. As a result, countless grandparents in the state have welcomed their children's children with open arms. Although this step is certainly an honorable one, it is not always easy.    

Selling a home may be best in a divorce

Pennsylvania spouses approaching the end of their marriages often mourn the loss of many things including their family homes. The emotional ties that people can develop to their houses is understandable especially if they have raised their children in those homes and the kids are still young and living at home. Maintaining consistency for young children is also a reason that many people work to avoid losing their homes in a divorce. 

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