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Preparing Financially for a Divorce

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Many people are unprepared for the true cost of getting divorced. They usually factor in filing fees and attorneys’ fees, but divorce has other financial ramifications you need to be aware of. Put simply, living as a single person again is usually much more expensive than sharing a household with a partner. Unless you… Read More »

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Are Retirement Accounts Marital Property?

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

They can be. Under Pennsylvania law, a couple that divorces or legally separates must divide their marital property, which can include retirement accounts like your 401(k), 403(b), IRA, self-employed 401(k), and pension plan. To make sure that you do not get hit with a penalty for withdrawing funds, you will need your attorney to… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Considering Change to Law on Pets in Divorce

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Stories of divorce are usually full of anecdotes about spouses fighting over property, child custody, or alimony, but rarely are the stories about how to deal with the family’s pet. Pets are an integral part of the American family at this point, but divorce can upend how the family pet fits within the new… Read More »

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Scrutinizing Property Transfers during Divorce

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Few issues are more contentious in a divorce than the division of property. No one wants to give up an asset or assume a liability, especially in light of knowing financial resources will be smaller once the divorce is finalized. Unless there is a prenuptial agreement saying otherwise, marital property will need to be… Read More »

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Can My Spouse Be Required to Pay My Attorney Fees?

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Many considerations go into the decision to get divorced, including how a person will pay for the process. The repercussions of divorce are numerous, but finances are an area that is especially impacted by the dissolution of the marriage. Along with the court fees and costs of filing the paperwork and having time in… Read More »

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How Fault-Based Divorce Works in Pennsylvania

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

The reasons couples get divorced are endless, but at some point, a break occurs and one or both spouses decide to end the marriage. Most states offer no-fault divorce to make the process of dissolving the marriage relatively quick and easy. Pennsylvania is one of the few states that still offers divorcing couples the… Read More »

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What to Know about Meeting with a Divorce Attorney

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Divorce is a big word that brings big consequences, and the first step for most people is meeting with a divorce attorney to discuss what to expect out of the legal process and what they hope to achieve by the end of the divorce. This may be the first time a person has ever… Read More »

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How to Plan for the Changes of Divorce

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Recognizing the need to end a relationship takes courage and the determination to follow through on a decision a person knows will cause a lot of heartache. Divorce may be necessary, but the significant repercussions make it advisable to plan for the changes in advance, perhaps some put into place before speaking to the… Read More »

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Valuing a Business in Divorce

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Dividing marital property in divorce is one of the most challenging aspects of the process, and an issue that often leads to disputes and ongoing litigation. Figuring out how to allocate assets and liabilities is not easy when emotions of this event are bound to influence each spouse’s goals. If one or both spouses… Read More »

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Basic Rules for Filing for Uncontested Divorce

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Marriage is a complicated venture, and while each spouse usually makes a true effort to keep the relationship going, things do not always work out. Divorce is a hard, but sometimes necessary, decision to right an unhealthy relationship that is causing unhappiness and stress. Some spouses may be blindsided by a request for divorce,… Read More »

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