Pennsylvania residents may have heard that a California court has ordered the ex-husband of actress Kelly Rutherford to return the couple's two children to the United States and place them in her custody. The children have been living with her estranged spouse in France for a few years.
The Pennsylvania-based reality television show 'Jon and Kate Plus 8" was renamed 'Kate Plus 8" after the titular couple went through a contentious divorce in 2009. While Jon Gosselin may no longer appear on the rebooted program, he continues to be fodder for celebrity gossip columnists. The 38-year-old father was in the news again in May 2015 when reports emerged that he was contemplating a legal action to obtain custody of one of his eight children.
Individuals in Pennsylvania who are divorcing may want to consider using a mediator to negotiate issues such as child custody, support and property division. While mediation is not the right solution for every couple, in some cases, it can be less expensive and less stressful than a divorce that takes place in a courtroom between two adversarial parties.
As many Pennsylvania residents who have gone through one likely know, divorce is not only emotionally difficult but can also be very expensive. While there is a common perception that lawyers are responsible for the high cost of divorce, the truth is that couples have a great deal of control over the cost of the process. Essentially, the more quickly a couple can agree on the issues in their divorce, such as alimony, child support, child custody and property division, the less the divorce will cost.
When people have been married for a long time, they often have built up significant assets, including such things as retirement accounts. When they divorce, 401(k) accounts are often considered to be a part of the marital estate, and thus are subject to division.
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.
Pennsylvania residents would probably like to know more about an ongoing divorce trial for which the judgment could end up the largest in history. The estranged wife of an Oklahoma oil tycoon stands to receive billions of dollars upon the finalization of her divorce from Harold Hamm, whose estimated net worth tops $20 billion.
Philadelphia couples seeking a high-asset divorce may be interested in the story of one billionaire hedge-fund founder and his split with his wife of over a decade. The property division in this case will reportedly be dictated by a prenuptial agreement.
Though Pennsylvania law is not supposed to favor one gender over the other when it comes to child custody, there are many people who feel as if father's have a more difficult time getting a fair child custody arrangement. Maybe the court believes that a child needs more time with his or her mother. Maybe the court thinks that because the mother was a stay-at-home parent that it is in the child's best interests to stay with the mother. Regardless of why, it is important that fathers, just like mothers, have their parental rights respected when it comes to child custody and support.
At one point in America's history, there was an unbearable social stigma in ending a marriage. While in some pockets of the country and in some communities, there are still those who will look down their noses at people who divorce, the fact of the matter is that divorce is increasingly more prevalent. As times have changed, it is not just younger people choosing to divorce, but older generations, as well.