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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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A Snapshot of the Financial Considerations in a Divorce

December 8th, 2016
By Raffaele Puppio

Published in Family Advocate, Vol. 37, No. 1, (Summer 2014) p. 4-7. © 2014 by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the…

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New Types of Protection Orders Available in Pennsylvania

November 23rd, 2016
By Raffaele Puppio

Most attorneys are aware of the protections available to clients through Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Act, but new alternative protective orders expand the protections offered to victims of sexual violence and intimidation in Pennsylvania. The protections afforded under the PFA Act are conditioned upon the victim being a spouse/former spouse, a parent of a child…

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Estate Planning Tips During a Divorce

October 14th, 2016

For most, a divorce is a foreign, complex and highly emotional process. Once a party has decided to divorce or has been served with a divorce complaint, the issues that take the forefront are the ones which affect a party’s everyday life – how will expenses be paid, where will each party live, how often…

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Understanding the Financial Ramifications of Divorce

September 15th, 2016

While money can be a significant source of stress in a marriage, that stress and discord can be multiplied exponentially during a divorce. Understanding – or at least asking the right questions about – the financial aspects of divorce is important even before divorce proceedings begin. Ensuring that your finances are stable and that the…

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Share and Share Alike – The Many Ways to Co-Parent

September 1st, 2016

Once a couple has decided to divorce, one of most important challenges they face is deciding how to continue to parent together even though they will be living apart. But how, exactly, can they share parenting duties after a divorce? No single approach works best for all families, and reaching an arrangement that benefits the…

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Talking to Kids About Divorce

August 18th, 2016

Getting divorced is hard on everyone involved, but perhaps the hardest blow affects the youngest members of a family. Although they may not understand all the particulars, most children are perceptive enough to know when something is askew in the home. Even if they sense that something is “off,” however, many still are stunned by the…

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Social Security Benefits and Divorce in Delaware County

June 1st, 2016

As divorce becomes more prevalent among “baby boomers,” questions often arise on the treatment of Social Security benefits in divorce. Pennsylvania Courts do not consider Social Security benefits as an asset to be distributed between divorcing spouses. Each of the parties retains his or her benefits upon divorce. It doesn’t matter if the matrimonial action…

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