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Agreements for property division in Pennsylvania divorces

Many married couples separate with intentions to file for divorce, and it might be important for them to come to an agreement for how they plan to divide their assets. The attorneys for each party will write out the agreement for the divorcing spouses to sign after the negotiations are complete. It is a contract between the parties that the court could enforce in the same way as a court order.

Pennsylvania real property and marital division

When people divorce in Pennsylvania, a part of the divorce settlement will include a division of property acquired during the marriage. Most couples jointly own a home, while some own several pieces of real estate. If a home was jointly purchased during the marriage, the spouses are considered to be "tenants in the entirety" of the property sharing equal rights in it.

Child custody and the Pennsylvania court system

In Philadelphia, parents may file for one of two forms of child custody, namely, legal and physical. While physical custody gives a parent the right to spend time with their child, legal custody entitles them to make independent decisions about their children's lives. This seems straightforward, but the determinations courts use to decide whether or not to award specific forms of custody are not always as clear-cut.

How Pennsylvania awards child custody

When a Pennsylvania court is handling a child custody portion of a divorce proceeding, the primary consideration is the best interests of the child. The court weighs factors that affect the safety of the child, whether the child would require relocation and the child's school situation, among other considerations. In addition to interviewing the child's parents, the court may also speak with the child or a representative of the child to glean information regarding custody and visitation rights.

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