Category: Marital Property

Concealed Oil and Gas Rights Are Marital Property Subject to Equitable Distribution

A recent unpublished decision of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania confirms that oil and gas rights, not disclosed in the discovery or inventories of the divorcing spouses, nevertheless must be considered when dividing marital property in equitable distribution. In Welsh v. Welsh, No. 237 WDA 2012 (June 19, 2013), the Superior Court affirmed the decision of the Washington County judge. In that case, husband and wife filed inventories in which […]

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Protecting Assets in Divorce

December 09, 2012 | Blog, Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Marital Property

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One of the first issues that spouses may encounter during a marital separation is the problem of protecting assets, particularly bank accounts, investments, personal property, and cash. There is a natural tendency toward mistrust at the beginning of a divorce case, which can lead to paranoia or ┬áreckless misdeeds if it is not handled properly. These tips can help to avoid stressful conflict during marital separation: 1. Start a new […]

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Tracing Nonmarital Property

December 12, 2011 | Blog, Court Decisions, Equitable Distribution, Marital Property

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A recent Superior Court decision, Childress v. Bogosian, 2011 WL 61616 (2011), illustrates the challenge of tracing nonmarital property in divorce. Under Pennsylvania law, the property owned by a spouse prior to marriage, or acquired by gift or inheritance during the marriage, or acquired after separation, is generally nonmarital property if it has not been converted into marital property by re-titling it in joint names. Still, the law creates a […]

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Personal Injury Award is Marital Property, Says Pa. Supreme Court

December 05, 2011 | Blog, Court Decisions, Marital Property

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Stare decisis is a central principal of jurisprudence. That’s why it’s big news when a court explicitly overrules a long-standing precedent. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court did just that last month in Focht v. Focht, a 6-1 decision issued on November 23, 2011. In Focht, the husband suffered a personal injury at an automotive race track about 2-1/2 years before they separated. The personal injury suit was settled a few months […]

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