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Bucks and Surrounding Counties - Family Law COVID-19 Limbo

First and foremost, how is everyone doing? I assume you’ve all been better. These are tough and unpleasant times. Making matters worse, many folks who were expecting resolution of family related issues in their lives have now been told to wait patiently until the pandemic is over. This is easier said than done.

As a result of the court closures, trial dates have been cancelled, while some have yet to be scheduled. This state of limbo has caused tremendous stress and anxiety. But there is good news on the horizon! Starting on June 1, 2020, the Bucks County Courthouse will be open for regular business hours. Cases not yet scheduled will soon receive hearing dates. Cases that had previously been scheduled, will be rescheduled upon the simple filing of a motion. Emergency Order 2020-15

How to plan for college expenses when getting a divorce

Pennsylvania parents may be aware that the costs of going to college are increasing on average every single year. While parents may have initially agreed to help their child with covering the costs of his or her higher education, the decision to get a divorce could have an impact on the matter.

About divorce mediation

Pennsylvania couples have multiple options when it comes to the method they use to get a divorce. While divorce mediation is a viable option, it is ideal only in certain situations. Before engaging in mediation instead of hiring an attorney, individuals should first consider some important issues.

Holiday time can be an occasion for co-parenting collaboration

Divorced parents in Pennsylvania and across the country may find that the winter holiday season is a particularly challenging time, especially with all of the special events, family gatherings and important moments that take place during that time of year. Even in the most relaxed of occasions, co-parenting already can require a certain amount of difficulty and stress. The frenzied schedules that the holidays can bring add particular pressure to ex-spouses that are working on sharing parenting time and custody over the holidays. However, it also can be an opportunity for parents to show their kids how much they prioritize them and serve as an important occasion for demonstrating psychological support and a shared love for their children after a divorce.

The benefits of co-parenting after a divorce

While experts say that Pennsylvania children who grow up in stable families with happy, married parents often get the most benefits, the fact is that approximately one-half of all American marriages end in divorce. If the parents are able to amicably co-parent, however, the kids will be just as likely have a healthy childhood.

Advantages and disadvantages of nesting after divorce

Pennsylvania parents who are considering options for custody in a divorce might want to consider an arrangement known as "nesting". This is a joint custody arrangement in which children continue living in the family home while the parents take turns living there.

Prenups aren't very romantic, but they serve useful purpose

Prenuptial agreements aren't very romantic; no one planning a wedding likes to think theirs will end in divorce. With about half of marriages ending that way, however, savvy Pennsylvania couples may want to consider a prenup in case their marriage ends through annulment or death. A prenup agreement spells out what will happen if the couple later divorces.

Mediation may make co-parenting easier

Pennsylvania parents who share child-rearing duties with their ex-spouses may find it wise to rely on tools like mediation as their lives and circumstances evolve. Experts say that mediation can help families deal with significant changes, like the relocation of a parent. Even though co-parenting can become more difficult when former spouses live far away from each other, hashing things out with the assistance of an impartial third party has the potential to let people come to terms more amicably.

How to choose the right mediator

Pennsylvania couples who are getting a divorce and who plan to go through mediation may have heard a lot about how to choose a mediator. Those tips could include choosing someone who is experienced and trained in the field. However, there is one critical factor that many of those tips do not mention. The couple must trust the person that is retained.

Deciding on divorce mediation

Pennsylvania couples who are considering divorce may have heard of divorce mediation. In this form of alternative dispute resolution, a trained professional mediator works with the couple to resolve issues such as property division, child custody, parenting time and spousal support. While using a mediator can be a good option for some couples who are ending their marriages, it is not always a good option for everyone.

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