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How the rise of autonomous vehicles could affect divorce cases

Driverless or autonomous vehicles could impact many aspects of society, from commercial development to divorce. As cars requiring little or no human intervention become more prevalent in Pennsylvania and across the country, it's predicted that the demand for parking space may decline by as much as 90 percent. One of the less obvious ways that AVs may impact daily life is divorce proceedings, especially contentious ones.

Getting ready for a divorce

Pennsylvania couples who think filing for divorce at the beginning of a new year are not alone. According to statistics, this is one of the periods in which filings increase sharply. Some estimates show that 20 percent of married couples consider getting a divorce after the holidays. There are some things these couples can do to get prepared.

Parental alienation and divorce

Parents in Pennsylvania who are divorced from a spouse who has been diagnosed with a borderline or narcissistic personality disorder might want to be particularly vigilant for signs of parental alienation. This involves one parent manipulating a child so that they turn against the other parent.

An omitted clause in a divorce agreement can be costly

Few parties to a divorce wish to pay excessive alimony to an ex-spouse. However, it is worth noting that alimony is a tax deduction for the paying party. In order to take advantage of the deduction, the divorce documents must be drafted properly. Those required to pay alimony in Pennsylvania should be aware of a recent Tax Court ruling.

Preventing credit issues after divorce

When couples in Pennsylvania divorce, finances are typically a primary area of concern. This is particularly true if a couple has joint debt in the form of loans, mortgages and credit card accounts. Therefore, it is crucial that debt and credit related issues be addressed during the divorce process.

Entrepreneurs can face challenges during divorce

Divorcing couples that also are entrepreneurs may find that the emotional and logistical challenges of ending a marriage in Pennsylvania are only exacerbated by the difficulties of dealing with a business during a divorce. When one or both partners own a family or personal business that's subject to inclusion in asset division, the financial and emotional impact of dealing with it during a divorce can be major. Beyond its financial value, a business can have a high level of emotional resonance for one or both partners involved in the divorce.

Children factor significantly into decision to divorce

Making the decision to end a marriage is never easy for parents in Pennsylvania. They might feel the desire to stay together for the benefit of the children. Divorce has the potential to inflict negative consequences on children, which include a lower likelihood of attending college and emotional trouble.

Some factors such as age, education may predict divorce

Multiple studies have looked at different factors to identify which ones are more likely to lead to divorce. It may be possible to predict the likelihood for some couples in Pennsylvania based on indicators such as education, age at marriage and even how affectionate the couples were as newlyweds.

Online dating and its impact on society

Pennsylvania residents may be able to help themselves find a mate by using online dating sites. Each month, there are roughly 30 million unique users visiting sites like Match.com or eHarmony. That is roughly 10 percent of the United States population. With so many people using dating sites, it makes it easier for a person to find a match outside his or her immediate social circle.

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