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Family law is complicated. While no amount of research can replace a personalized consultation from an experienced family law attorney, getting informed is one of the best ways to prepare for your divorce, custody, support or other family law matter.

To get you started, we’ve put together articles we think will help you gain the knowledge you need to successfully move forward.

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How to Get Your Life Back After Divorce: Consider Hiring a Life Coach

Guest Blog By Julie Ketover, Divorce and Life Coach Divorce is a major transition in your life. For some, the transition is welcome. For... Read more

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How Child Support is Calculated in Pennsylvania

Child support in Pennsylvania is calculated by a mathematical formula set forth in law.  There are, however, many nuisances to the formula, which are not discussed here.  The court may also... Read more

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How Alimony and Spousal Support is Calculated in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, there are three types of support that a party to a divorce might be ordered to pay a spouse: spousal support, alimony pendente lite, and alimony. The difference between them primarily relates to the stage in the divorce process in which support is paid. For instance, spousal support is paid to a spouse after separation but before a divorc… Read more

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How Long Does It Take To Get Divorced In Pennsylvania?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions here at Cooley & Handy. The shortest answer is that the average divorce in Pennsylvania takes two years. The more optimistic answer is that it all depends on you and your spouse. Theoretically, you could be divorced in just over three months if the matter is simple and you are both extremely motivated – and cooperative. In Pen… Read more

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What Steps Do I Need to Take If I Want to Move or Relocate With My Child?

If you have a child or children that are subject to a child custody order in Pennsylvania and are considering moving or relocating, you need to be aware of a child custody law that went into effect in January 2011, which requires that you obtain court approval for your move. The law provides for a mandatory notice that must be provided to the other parent and the factors that the court mu… Read more

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Can I Withdraw Money From A Retirement Account In A Divorce?

Spouses involved in divorces frequently have an immediate need for cash at the time their divorce is finalized, to pay bills, make a down payment on a home or secure an apartment, or for other reasons, but lack any significant non-retirement assets from which they can obtain such funds. Often, the only significant assets of parties at the conclusion of a divorce are funds in employer-spon… Read more

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do – Especially For Same Sex Couples In Pennsylvania.

NOTE:  SEE UPDATE BELOW While the Supreme Court debates the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law that gives states the right not to recognize same-sex marriage or unions entered into in other states, lower courts across the country are facing a growing number of same-sex couples seeking to dissolve their unions. In states that do not recogn… Read more

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Gen Y Asks: Why Marry?

“Emily Nichols is 20. She lives in Oregon and attends community college. She doesn’t have a job right now for health reasons. She found out several weeks ago that she is pregnant. She and her boyfriend Andy are taking it one step at a time. One step at a time, however, doesn’t entail marriage, at least right now.” - Oliver Read, Generation Next, on PBS.org. Emily is a member of Gen… Read more

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The Viagra Effect: Divorce Rate Also On The Rise In Older Couples

Since 1990, the divorce rate among adults aged 50 and older has doubled. Now roughly 1 in 4 divorces involve persons aged 50 and older.  In Japan, the trend is referred to as “retired husband syndrome.” In the United States it is known as “gray divorce.” Is Viagra partially to blame? While the prescription drug has energized tens of thousands of marriages, it has also destabili… Read more

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Do Parents Have to Pay for College in Pennsylvania?

You have probably heard about Rachel Canning, the New Jersey teenager who sued her parents to pay for her tuition for private school and college after moving out of their home. At the time she sued her parents, Ms. Canning was 18 years old – an adult – making the case especially surprising to most parents. Ms. Canning lost the first round of her lawsuit when a judge declined to order her … Read more

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