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Same sex couples face different challenges when deciding whether to get married. In many instances, the prospective spouses have their own careers, their own assets and own earnings.
Many people are getting married when they are closer to thirty years of age and not twenty years of age, as they did in the 1960’s. Many couples are also remarrying for a second or third time or more in their later years. These couples more than likely have children and wish to provide for their children as well.
There are a lot of misconceptions about legal separation. It becomes especially confusing when each state has their own variations in family law for divorce and separation. Hopefully this will clear up some questions you may have concerning the process in Pennsylvania family law courts.
In Pennsylvania, prior to being divorced, both assets and debts are divided between the parties. If the parties can resolve the division of these items by agreement, that resolution is reduced to writing in a document called a "Property Settlement Agreement" ("PSA").
Let’s face it: The prenup seems so utterly unromantic - or just plain wrong - but it’s also become so right for so many these days: those keenly aware that a marriage may end up in a legal separation, divorce or death. Most prenups tackle financial issues such as real estate, division of bank accounts and potential spousal support in the case of divorce or separation.
A couple can come to their own agreement about property settlement, which the court will generally accept. The Pennsylvania court will decide if either spouse is entitled to alimony, based on age, physical and mental condition, earning potential, duration of the marriage and standard of living. The court decides the duration of alimony, but support ends automatically if the one receiving it remarries or cohabits.
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