A brief overview of a Mutual Consent Divorce. The fastest and cheapest way to get divorced is with a no fault divorce. There are several ways to get divorced. One can get divorced on no fault grounds, or fault grounds, or on both no fault and fault grounds. If, you and you soon to be … Continue reading Mutual Consent Divorce
By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire The Court awarded you alimony (or alimony pendente lite), but now your ex-spouse refuses to pay. This is a serious problem because you rely in one way or another on the alimony to make ends meet. Because alimony is discretionary, the court would not have awarded you alimony if this … Continue reading My Ex-Spouse Refuses to Pay Alimony, How Can I Enforce My Alimony Order?
By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire Clients faced with a divorce often want to know: can I have my marriage annulled? Emotionally and psychologically, an annulment may be preferable. Likewise, for religious reasons, they may prefer a legal annulment. Unfortunately, in Pennsylvania, it is extremely difficult to qualify for an annulment. In our state, there are two classes of … Continue reading Can I Have My Marriage Annulled in Pennsylvania? Part 2: Voidable Marriages
By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire Clients faced with a divorce often want to know: can I have my marriage annulled? Emotionally and psychologically, an annulment may be preferable. Likewise, for religious reasons, they may prefer a legal annulment. Unfortunately, in Pennsylvania, it is extremely difficult to qualify for an annulment. In our state, there are two classes of … Continue reading Can I Have My Marriage Annulled in Pennsylvania? Part 1: Void Marriages
By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire Most couples can agree to get a divorce, but few can agree on how to divide their property. As a result, equitable distribution in Pennsylvania can be very costly and require the assistance of an attorney and experts, such as real estate appraisers and forensic accountants. Many couples, therefore, either choose … Continue reading In Pennsylvania, What Happens if We Divorce Without Dividing Our Property?
By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire Potential clients often call in and want to know: my marriage is over, but we still live together -- can I move out or will that be abandonment or desertion? This is a legitimate concern for many spouses faced with a divorce. They fear being penalized for acknowledging that the … Continue reading In Pennsylvania, Can I Voluntarily Move Out Without “Abandoning” or “Deserting” My Spouse?
By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire A common scenario after a husband and wife separate is neither party wants to move out of the marital residence/home. For a variety reasons (e.g., financial, children, proximity to work, hope for reconciliation, spite, etc.), the parties remain in the same home, as roommates and attempt to maintain as much … Continue reading In Pennsylvania, How Can I Force My Spouse to Move Out of the House?
By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire It's tax season again and the April 15th deadline is quickly approaching! As a result, as a family law attorney, a lot of tax related questions are coming in from my clients. A common question is: can the non-custodial parent ever claim the children on federal taxes after a separation … Continue reading Can the Non-Custodial Parent Ever Claim the Children on Federal Taxes After a Separation or Divorce?
By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire Ellen E. Schultz of the Wall Street Journal recently posted an article titled "When a Divorce Pays Off." The article discusses the effect of divorce on social security benefits. According to Schultz, many baby boomers are receiving less in social security then they are entitled to receive because the person's … Continue reading Recommended Read – When a Divorce Pays Off (from the Wall Street Journal)
By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire It is unfortunate, but it happens: a spouse anticipates a divorce and begins to shift or hide assets to try avoid sharing them during property distribution. If you suspect you are the victim of this fraudulent and improper behavior, then your case will require some detective work. There are a … Continue reading My Spouse is Hiding Assets! What Can I Do?