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Don't forget to do this after your divorce

Deciding to divorce and then following through with it is a major event in most people's lives. While most likely feel a sense of relief when they reach the end of the process, the work may not be done. When any major life event-like divorce-occurs, it is important to update your estate plan. The failure to do so could result in decisions being made about your assets and health that you did not intend.

Possible reasons to challenge a will

People in Pennsylvania who are creating an estate plan might wonder what circumstances could lead to challenges to their wills. Someone being able to successfully challenge a will is an unusual occurrence. When it happens, it is usually done by a spouse on the grounds that either the person who made the will was unduly influenced by someone or did not have testamentary capacity.

Keeping the best interests of the children first

Parents know that after a divorce co-parenting can be challenging. Even if they vow to always keep the best of interest of their children as a priority, the emotions stirred by the end of a marriage can often get in the way of that promise. However, there are some things Pennsylvania parents can do to attempt to make the process easier and successful.

What can or can't a divorce do for you?

If you're considering going through a divorce, you might be wondering if there are pros and cons. What can a divorce actually do for you, and what can't it? Here are some common things divorces are capable of by law along with the things a divorce won't be able to help you with.

Will signing requirements

Those who live in Pennsylvania and elsewhere must generally have witnesses sign their will to make it valid. As a general rule, a witness is anyone 18 or over who is of sound mind when he or she signs the document, although some states have no state age requirement. A lawyer who helps to create the will generally cannot be a witness. The same is in most cases true of anyone named as a beneficiary in the document.

Navigating family law matters in Pennsylvania

Family law is one of the most delicate areas of the law to navigate. That is because nothing in this type of law is "cut and dry." On both sides of the equation, the parties are balancing their emotional concerns, which can seem irrational to the other side, with the cold hard facts of their situations. The lawyers representing these parties are then tasked with advocating for their clients' legal rights, while also trying to achieve certain goals that could be purely sentimental in nature.

Divorce filings surge in January

Many Pennsylvania residents make New Year's resolutions, but not all of them resolve to lose 10 pounds in the coming year. Some people may resolve to divorce their spouses in the new year. January is usually the busiest time of year for divorce lawyers, with filings up as much as 30 percent over other months.

Alimony payments are possible in some divorces

When you are getting a divorce, there are many different things that you must think about. If you have been financially supported by your husband or wife during your marriage, you have to think about how you are going to support yourself after the divorce. One possibility is to seek alimony so that you can have some income coming in at least until you can get on your feet.

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