A Prenuptial Agreement is an agreement between prospective spouses made in contemplation of marriage and to be effective upon marriage. It is a planning document that can be used for a number of reasons.
Divorce & Family Law Articles
In Pennsylvania, there are three types of financial support which one spouse may be obligated to pay the other spouse as part of a divorce proceeding or following a separation – spousal support, alimony pendente lite (APL), a latin phrase meaning "alimony during the litigation", and post-divorce alimony, also referred to, simply, as alimony.
In Pennsylvania, both parents are legally obligated to financially support their child until he or she is 18 years of age and has graduated from high school, whichever is later. A child support order is based on the Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines. The first step in calculating child support is to determine each parent’s net income for purposes of child support, which may differ from the parent’s take-home pay. Once the parties’ net incomes or earning capacities are determined, they are entered into a formula, which results in each parent’s financial responsibility for the child.
In Pennsylvania, a grandparent has the legal right to seek court ordered visitation and/or custody of a grandchild in certain situations. Acting promptly is very important.
Estate and disability planning documents are affected in different ways by divorce proceedings and the entry of a divorce decree. It is very important that you review your estate and disability planning documents, such as your will, power of attorney, advance health care directive or medical power of attorney and contracts naming a beneficiary, with an attorney if you or your spouse files a divorce complaint.