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How will divorce affect your taxes?

Pennsylvanian couples have a lot to consider during and after a divorce. In the heat of the moment, long-term changes may be forgotten. For example, after getting a divorce from your spouse, you will have changes to your tax exemptions and filing status that may affect your potential tax return.

Can I spend child support on whatever I want?

When you became the custodial parent after your divorce and began receiving child support payments, you might have received some unsolicited advice from others. A fellow single parent might have said you can spend child support on non-essentials. Your mother may have advised you to use the money for food and clothing for the children. Your ex might be asking you for receipts and giving you specific instructions on how to spend the money. Understandably, you and other Pennsylvania parents may wonder how free you are to spend child support as you wish.

Reclaiming financial health after a divorce

A divorce is said to be one of the most emotionally difficult experiences a person in Pennsylvania might encounter in their lifetime. However, the impact of a divorce can extend far beyond the loss of a partner and even friends that choose to go with the former spouse but to the lost financial assets and stability that one previously enjoyed. There may be no way around the fact that divorce can be a hard financial blow but it is possible to move forward and making a good plan is step number one in doing just this.

How do you decide who gets what post-divorce?

Every state has its own laws for handling divorce, Pennsylvania included. But exactly what should you expect from the state when it comes to property division? Pennsylvania is a state whose laws follow equitable distribution, which can impact how you may handle your assets and tackle their division.

Making summer positive with your ex

If you and your spouse in Pennsylvania are in the midst of a divorce, you may well be looking at the calendar and wondering how in the world you can make the fast-approaching summer a positive one for your children. Co-parenting is never easy and is its own ongoing art but it can feel especially difficult when your breakup is fresh as you are navigating unchartered waters. Fortunately there are some tips you can keep in mind to help you and your kids not only get through this time but make it happy and memorable.

Evaluating your divorce options before the new tax law

Now that the holiday season is well behind everyone, it is not uncommon for Pennsylvania couples to make the decision to end their marriages. Many people who have challenging marriages make the conscious choice to at least make it through the busy winter holiday time and then deal with their marital issues. For some, the holidays may be a time to reignite their marriages. For others, it is a time that confirms the decision to get divorced.

Custody arrangements when you have a criminal record

When you get divorced in Pennsylvania, one of your concerns is usually finding a good custody arrangement. If you have a criminal record, though, determining custody may sometimes be more complicated. At Marinaro Law Firm, we understand that you want a custody arrangement that allows you to see your child, regardless of your criminal record.

How will you financially support your child post-divorce?

Divorcing Pennsylvanian parents have more than just your own financial situations and well-being to consider. You also need to decide how you will continue supporting your child. Marinaro Law Firm can help you understand how best to meet their financial needs even after your source of income changes with your divorce.

Top ways to prepare your wallet for divorce

In general, divorce is not easy for anyone. It often takes both an emotional and physical toll. In addition, without some planning, it can put a major dent in your finances. Even if you end up with a substantial amount of your marital assets, you might still find yourself in a financial mess if you do not make some key preparations.

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