Tag: Pennsylvania

Homeschooling Children Does Not Justify Alimony, says Superior Court

March 19, 2011 | Alimony, Blog, Child Support, Court Decisions, Divorce

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In Kent v. Kent (March 18, 2011), the Superior Court of Pennsylvania rejected a parent’s argument that she should be entitled to collect alimony for a period of eleven years so that she could continue to homeschool the parties’ minor children. It was undisputed in this case that the mother had withdrawn from the workforce five years earlier in order to home-school the parties’ children, which she continued to do up […]

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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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Lump Sum Divorce Payment: Exempt Property in Bankruptcy

September 09, 2010 | Blog, Court Decisions, Divorce, Marital Property, Settlement

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In Re Miller, 424 B.R. 171 (M.D. Pa. 2010) Wife/Debtor filed a chapter 13 bankruptcy petition, in which she attempted to classify an “income maintenance award” of $88,500 received in a divorce decree as property exempted from the bankruptcy estate.  The divorce decree provided that Wife was to receive $88,500 cash in order to effectuate a 67%/33% division of marital property.  Next, Wife’s former divorce lawyer filed a proof of […]

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