Author Archives: Jay Butchko
Who Can Adopt A Child In Pennsylvania?
Adopting a child to expand a family is a very joyous time for the whole family. While the process is emotional for everyone involved, it is also a legal process and there are certain requirements on who can adopt in Pennsylvania. Fortunately, the Keystone State has some of the least restrictive requirements on adoption… Read More »
Steps To Take If Your Former Spouse Is Withholding Visitation
When your divorce became final, you likely knew that the final decree included court orders relating to how property would be divided, which party was awarded child custody, and who is responsible for paying child support. Unfortunately, it is not always possible for people to co-parent peacefully after a divorce. If your former spouse… Read More »
The Law Does Not Consider Your Pet As Family During Divorce
Any pet owner knows that the pets in our lives are not just animals. They are members of the family. As such, when the family breaks up because two spouses get a divorce, it affects the people in the household, as well as the pets. Unfortunately, the family courts in Pennsylvania do not view… Read More »
Steps To Take If You Do Not Pay Child Support
When two married people have children together and they get a divorce, one parent is often ordered to pay child support. All parents in Delaware County, and throughout Pennsylvania, have a legal obligation to financially provide for their children until they are no longer minors. Once a child support order is issued by a… Read More »
Understanding The Different Types Of Divorce In Delaware County
In Delaware County, there are many different types of divorce and the one a person or couple chooses will depend on the facts surrounding the case. It is important people choose the type of divorce that is right for them, as this will significantly affect the length of time the process takes, as well… Read More »
How To Divide Marital Debt During Divorce
Most people know that when they get a divorce, marital assets are divided between the spouses. Marital assets include any property the couple acquired together during the marriage. Although dividing marital assets can be difficult, dividing marital debts can present even more challenges. It is not uncommon for spouses to try to shield themselves… Read More »
Physical Vs. Legal Custody: What Is The Difference?
When a divorce involves children, it is common for both parents to want child custody so they can still spend time with their child. However, many parents do not fully understand the concept of child custody, or that it is not a singular issue. In Pennsylvania, as in the majority of states, child custody… Read More »
How To Avoid The Most Common Financial Mistakes During Divorce
There is a lot to think about when you are getting a divorce. You will have to collect a lot of paperwork, understand your finances, and outline goals you want to achieve during the process. Just as there are certain things you should do before and during the divorce process, there are also many… Read More »
Five Common Misconceptions About Premarital Agreements
Premarital agreements are important legal documents that can protect both spouses in the event the couple gets divorced. Premarital agreements classify separate and marital property and outline which spouse will be held liable for certain debts and who will receive certain assets. Still, there are many misconceptions and myths surrounding prenuptial agreements. If you… Read More »
Wedding Rings: Are They Marital Or Separate Property?
During any divorce, the division of assets always has the potential to become a complex and contentious process. Under the equitable distribution laws in Pennsylvania, marital property is divided fairly during a divorce, but that does not always mean property is divided fairly. It is fairly obvious that some assets are marital property, such… Read More »