Yearly Archives: 2015

Same-Sex Couples Need Prenups before Marriage

July 15, 2015 | Blog, Prenuptial Agreements

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Same-sex couples who are getting married after spending many years in committed relationships may need prenuptial agreements even more than new couples who are just starting out.  That’s the conclusion I’ve reached after contemplating the ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, ___ U.S. ____ (June 26, 2015). In Obergefell, the U.S. Supreme Court held that all Americans have a fundamental right, protected by the U.S. Constitution, […]

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Emotional Connection Does Not Guarantee Award of Marital Residence

According to the old saying, “possession is nine-tenths of the law.” Perhaps that’s true in some context, but in a Pennsylvania divorce decision that was recently published by the Superior Court, possession of a marital home during separation did not dictate the outcome.  In Markle v. Markle, No. 968 WDA 2014 (June 22, 2015)(non-precedential), the marital home was occupied by the wife during the separation period.  During the master’s hearing on […]

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Market Risk in Dividing Retirement Assets upon Divorce

June 14, 2015 | Blog, Court Decisions, Equitable Distribution

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Divorcing spouses in Pennsylvania might be well-advised to consider the risks associated with various retirement vehicles, as they decide which assets to retain or divide in equitable distribution.  A recent non-precedential decision of the Superior Court, Wyatt v. Wyatt (No. 1228 MDA 2013, June 11, 2015), illustrates this point. In Wyatt, one of the spouses had a railroad pension that would pay a guaranteed monthly annuity over the employee spouse’s […]

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Divorce Attorney Candice Komar to be Featured Guest on ‘Pittsburgh Now’

June 09, 2015 | Press Releases

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PITTSBURGH — Candice L. Komar, founding partner at Pittsburgh family law firm Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC, will be featured as a guest commentator on PCNC’s “Pittsburgh Now” on Wednesday, June 10, live at 10 a.m. Komar has appeared multiple times on WPXI’s Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (PCNC) programming, which airs for most viewers on the regional cable channel of Pittsburgh’s NBC affiliate WPXI-TV. On tomorrow’s program Komar will […]

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