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Some jobs more prone than others for divorce

Pennsylvania couples might be interested in the findings of a study on occupation and divorce in the United States. Data from the 2015 American Community Survey was examined and gathered for presentation by FlowingData comparing divorce rates across different jobs. According to the study, people working as bartenders are more likely to get divorced than those working in any other field. Flight attendants were also found to have a high risk of divorce.

Indeed, individuals working in jobs that involve nightlife or travel were found to be most likely to divorce. The occupations with the lowest risk of divorce included scientists, software developers, medical professionals and actuaries. It's possible that these professions simply attract more level-headed personalities while nightlife and travel jobs tend to go to the impulsive, but there are also indications that income plays a role. According to the study, jobs with higher incomes tend to have a lower risk of divorce on average.

The impact contradictory rules have on children

Pennsylvania children of divorced parents who split their time between two households may face contradictions when it comes to house rules. Parental rules on the things ranging from food choices to bedtime to entertainment options may change depending on which house the child is staying in. Too many contradictions in co-parenting could have a detrimental mental and emotional effect on the children involved.

Ideally, divorced parents will meet together face-to-face and come up with a uniform set of rules that apply regardless of which home their child is staying in. This allows parents to show their children that they still have respect for their ex-mate. When appropriate, parents may include their children in the rule-making process.

Hidden assets and other sticky issues in high-asset divorce

Divorce is difficult under any circumstances, but couples who have significant assets may experience issues that are more complicated than those affecting couples of more modest means.

In addition to the attorneys for both parties, complex high-asset divorce proceedings may require experts in other fields to provide answers to difficult questions.

Shared parenting helps to foster parent-child bonds

Parents in Pennsylvania who are heading towards divorce have another alternative when it comes to child custody: shared parenting. This custody system is standard in many countries around the world and has grown in popularity in the United States as well, especially amid the growth of dual-career families.

Shared parenting is a flexible system that is based on equal time with the children for both parents as well as equal and shared responsibility for decision-making. It is designed to foster strong relationships between the children and both of their parents as well as a positive co-parenting relationship.

Making alimony payments tax deductible in Pennsylvania

Divorce can be a fresh start and welcome escape from a bad situation. However, new arrangements can be financially weighed down with heavy tax burdens. Someone who has just gotten out of a divorce will want to minimize their tax liabilities on alimony payments.

There are certain requirements for alimony payments to be considered tax deductible by the IRS. Related payments that don't meet these requirements are considered part of the divorce settlement or child support, which are not tax deductible. These rules are applicable only to federal income tax, and some states may have different tax regulations.

The process of getting a DNA test

For a Pennsylvania resident, getting a DNA test can be a useful step toward determining parentage. During the DNA test process, a person's mouth or cheek will be swabbed for cells. Once the cells are collected, the chain of custody of those cells is tracked meticulously. This helps to ensure that the results are accurate, and samples are tested twice before they are certified to further ensure accuracy.

On average, a DNA test is 99.99999 percent accurate, which is why one is generally ordered to find out who a child's father may be. If it is to be used as part of a court proceeding, the sample must be taken at a hospital or other approved medical facility. However, a DNA test is not the only way in which parentage may be determined. In some cases, the father may voluntarily acknowledge that he is the father of the child.

When to avoid mediation during a divorce

For Pennsylvania couples who are considering divorce, there are several methods to go about ending a marriage. One of the most popular methods is called mediation, where couples come together to hash out an agreement with the help of a trained neutral third party. While this method is affordable, it does have some drawbacks that may make other methods more appealing.

Mediation is not a fast process. In some cases, it can take several months to work through all of the couple's problems and resolve matters in a way that satisfies both parties and the judge. If couples attempt mediation while still angry, the process can take even longer. Some former couples start the mediation process and then stop halfway, either going the litigation route or taking some time off and getting through the emotions associated with divorce before attempting it again.

Tough tasks of the executor in estate administration

Pennsylvania residents who go through the sometimes difficult task of estate planning deserve the thanks of their spouses and beneficiaries. However, they may not be deserving of such thanks from the executor of their will. This individual often faces many tasks that can sound simple enough when stated but are made difficult through poor planning. The testator who goes to great lengths to keep assets out of probate and limit the burdens faced by heirs can also make the executor's job easier with a few extra steps.

One of the executor's first tasks is to alert the relevant financial institutions of the testator's death. This can include retirement account administrators, banks, mortgage companies and creditors. Providing a list of these institutions with contact numbers and personal information can reduce an otherwise time-wasting burden on the executor and surviving spouse.

Support order types and calculation in Pennsylvania

If you are the breadwinner in your relationship, you may end up paying support upon or after divorcing. How do you know for sure, and how much do you pay? A few things affect the type and amount of support that you must provide.

Should you have to pay support, it may be beneficial to have some knowledge of how it works and what contributes to calculations.

What to know about beneficiary designations

It isn't uncommon for Pennsylvania residents to overlook beneficiary designations when they are making an estate plan. This may be because they are but one of numerous decisions that a person must make when setting up a retirement or brokerage account. In some cases, many years may go by before such a designation is reviewed. In that time period, it is possible that a person's needs have changed significantly.

When making a beneficiary designation, it may be best to think for an individual to think about the people who he or she is closest to. However, it may not be the best idea to name a minor or someone with special needs as a beneficiary as that person may not be able to receive or use the funds properly. In many cases, leaving assets to a spouse results in better tax treatment.

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