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Federal Tax Reform Effect on Alimony Deductions in 2019

November 29th, 2018

When parties file for divorce there are usually two main issues that need to be addressed before the parties will receive a decree in divorce: How the marital property is distributed between them – think: houses, bank accounts, investments, retirement accounts, etc. If one party must pay the other alimony. Alimony is not always awarded,…

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Three Types of Spousal Support in Pennsylvania: How Are They Awarded?

October 3rd, 2018

Three different types of spousal support exist in Pennsylvania: spousal support, alimony pendente lite, and alimony. When examining these types of support, the spouse with a lower income is often referred to as the “dependent” spouse. Spousal support is available only for parties who are separated but have not yet filed for divorce. After a…

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Protecting Your Children Before, During, and After Your Divorce

August 29th, 2018
By Raffaele Puppio

When going through a divorce, your children need special attention before, during and after your divorce to help them get through this very difficult time. Published by the American Bar Association, “Protecting Your Children Before, During, and After Your Divorce” outlines ways of helping your children get through the struggle of divorce. The recommendations start…

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Educational Decisions for Children After Divorce in Pennsylvania

July 31st, 2018

When creating a custody order a court must make decisions regarding both physical custody and legal custody of children. Physical custody dictates who a child lives with and when. The State of Pennsylvania defines legal custody as, “The right to make major decisions on behalf of the child, including, but not limited to, medical, religious and…

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Exclusive Possession of the Family Home in Delaware County, PA

May 30th, 2018

During a pending divorce matter, the court has the power to award to a party the right to exclusively reside in the marital residence, otherwise known as “exclusive possession.” To be awarded exclusive possession of a residence the party must file a Petition for Exclusive Possession with the court. Unless both parties agree that that…

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When You Can’t Be There in Person

May 3rd, 2018
By Raffaele Puppio

Separation and divorce will change family lifestyles in a variety of ways, most profoundly in the amount of time spent with children. With the high rate of divorce, it is common for children to live apart from at least one parent, sometimes far away. Virtual parenting offers a partial solution to the problem of long-distance…

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How to Turn Your Case into the Divorce from Hell

January 24th, 2018
By Raffaele Puppio

Thinking of creating even more havoc in your already contentious divorce in Delaware County? Then focusing on your own emotional destruction and playing games are sure to do the trick. Published by the American Bar Association, “Turn Your Case into the Divorce from Hell” is a worthwhile tongue-in-cheek read if you are in the process…

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Marital Settlement Negotiations

November 17th, 2017
By Raffaele Puppio

During a divorce, your family law attorney is the advocate for your objectives. Divorce proceedings or child custody disputes can be especially emotional and challenging for the people involved, and it is imperative that family law attorneys have the skills to prepare their clients for the toughest negotiations. The American Bar Association published Planning for Settlement…

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Divorce and Financial Considerations

August 10th, 2017
By Raffaele Puppio

The thought of divorce can trigger fear of the unknown and concerns about your future and the future of your family members. There are many questions to be answered, and all are related in some way to financial considerations involving the equitable distribution of marital assets including retirement savings, possible alimony, child support, attorney’s fees…

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Dealing with Trusts in Divorce Cases in Delaware County

May 18th, 2017
By Raffaele Puppio

Trusts are a unique vehicle available to estate planning attorneys to accomplish a multitude of goals. They tend to be the longest and most complex of all estate planning documents. For even the most experienced family law attorney in Delaware County, ascertaining why a trust was set up in a certain way by the original…

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