Category: Family Law News

Divorce – Your First Legal Strategy Decisions

February 17, 2011 | Blog, Divorce, Family Law News

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The initial weeks of a marital separation are probably the most turbulent, uncertain part of the divorce process. The first few choices that spouses must make when they are contemplating divorce are important legal strategy decisions that require thoughtful consideration. Your divorce lawyer can help to assess the risks and possible consequences of those initial decisions. 1.   Move out or stay put? Pennsylvania doesn’t recognize a legal separation as some […]

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Entrepreneurs at Greater Risk of Divorce?

January 03, 2011 | Blog, Business Valuation, Divorce, Family Law News, Marital Property

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

The holidays have given me some time to catch up on my overdue reading list. One article I recently caught was Inc. Magazine’s November 2010 article on entrepreneurs who divorce. Business owners may be at greater risk of divorce, the article suggests, because of the time and emotional investment that a fledgling business requires, the independent attitudes that entrepreneurs may develop, and the financial sacrifices that may be necessary. Conversely, […]

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Best of 2010 in Pennsylvania Divorce Law

January 01, 2011 | Blog, Family Law News

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This time of year, nearly every magazine and website is publishing a Best-of-2010 article. I won’t buck the trend, because it’s a good opportunity to review the interesting and important development in divorce this year. Here are some links to the most important developments: Divorce courts must tax-affect marital assets even if they will not be sold (maybe) – Balicki Pennsylvania’s new custody law does not create presumption of shared […]

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What’s the Hullabaloo about Balicki?

In Balicki v. Balicki, 2010 Pa.Super.134 (2010), the Superior Court affirmed the trial court’s decision to discount the value of an insurance business, based on the hypothetical income taxes that would be incurred by its owner upon sale of the business. The trial court’s decision was itself a reversal of the master’s report, in which the master found that the tax discount was inappropriate because the owner would not likely […]

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