When parents divorce or separate, they have to come up with a child custody arrangement. Unless one parent is unsafe or it is otherwise in the best interests of the children not to spend time with the parent, most parents in Pennsylvania share custody. If, for some reason, one parent is given sole custody of the child, the other parent typically has some kind of rights to visitation, either supervised or unsupervised.
Even though we see and hear of marriages ending with fights, court battles and divorces that ruin any chance of former spouses ever getting along again, there are other ways to end a marriage. While mediation and collaborative law are not right for every couple, when they are appropriate, they can often lead to better divorce settlements, a more cordial post-divorce relationship with an ex. Talking with a divorce attorney may be one of the best ways to determine if mediation would work well.
There is no getting around the fact that there are a large number of same-sex relationships in Philadelphia. And with New Jersey right across the river, many of the people in these couples are legally married. While a handful of states and the federal government recognizes these marriages, Pennsylvania does not. What that also means is that it is unlikely that any Pennsylvania couple who wished to divorce would be unable to do so. While it may not seem like that big of a deal to not be able to divorce, especially when the state doesn't even recognize the marriage, it is for those who are stuck in limbo.
Though most of us in Doylestown think of divorce as something younger people do, there are adults of all ages getting divorces. What is particularly surprising is that the divorce rate for people in their 20s is falling, at least according to a new study. Yet even more surprising is that the divorce rate among people aged 60 to 65 has tripled and for people over 65 it has increased fivefold since 1990.
Even though many communities across the world, including many European cultures, have had arranged marriages in the past, they are most often associated with South Asia. Since a number of people from South Asia are moving to and raising children in the Philadelphia area, there has been a small number of Pennsylvanians participating in arranged marriages of their own. With a 30 percent increase in Indian Americans from 2000 to 2010 in Philadelphia (not to mention Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Nepali Americans), arranged marriages are an option for many first-generation adults.
There are a number of people in Philadelphia who will undergo some sort of renovation project this year, but many of them may not realize that renovation projects can be the straw that breaks the camel's back with a marriage. While not all people who undergo a home renovation will end up divorced, it is very possible that for already strained or weak relationships, a renovation can end a relationship once and for all.
Though many men and women in Bensalem likely aren't thinking about work when their marriages are falling apart, their employers might be thinking about them and their divorce. Though it may seem obvious that an employer's productivity would suffer during a divorce, many people may not realize just how much. The stress of divorce can be enough to reduce an employee's productivity by an average of 40 percent, but it is not just the person going through a divorce whose productivity is affected. Rather, more than 70 percent of employees may be operating at less-than-full productivity because of someone else's divorce.
Even though there are 28 same-sex couples who have filed a state lawsuit asking for a judge to overthrow Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage, lawyers from the state are actively defending the ban. If Pennsylvania does get same-sex marriage, it will be a ways off.
It is hardly news to people in Bucks County that many marriages will end in divorce. While there are certainly many couples who would much rather be divorced but who will stay together for the children, divorce is also increasingly common among Pennsylvania parents, too. And, with divorce, comes child custody and visitation orders.
According to some within the divorce industry, January to March sees more divorces than other times of the year. Although some dispute that assertion, this time of year still has the reputation of having the highest rate of divorce. Whether people in Blue Bell are seeing a similar rise remains to be seen, but for those individuals considering divorce, it may be time to look for a family law lawyer who can help guide a couple through a collaborative divorce.