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A quarter of divorces caused by household chore disputes

Disagreements are common in marriages, but some fights may be more likely to lead to divorce than others. A recent Harvard Business School study found that of the 3,000 couples interviewed, 25 percent of them listed arguments over housework as the top reason for their divorce. There are some things a Pennsylvania couple can do to avoid fighting over housework and spend more time together.

Guiding children through a Pennsylvania divorce

Pennsylvania parents often worry about the effects of divorce on their children. This is understandable as it's difficult to guide kids through a separation and the negative feelings that come along with the process. Therefore, family therapists caution parents not to conduct themselves in certain ways that could confuse children or make them feel caught between their parents. They also recommend a few actions parents can take to help children transitioning to life after divorce.

OCSE beefs up child support collection procedures

The vast majority of child support payments in the United States are processed via payroll deductions. Pennsylvania parents receiving child support in this manner will be pleased to learn the federal agency in charge of regulating the process has announced improvements that should increase compliance and shorten the timeline for initial payment processing.

Errors in dividing retirement accounts can be costly

Pennsylvania couples who are getting a divorce might have a retirement account they need to divide. Distributions can be made from a retirement account during a divorce without incurring penalties for early withdrawals or taxes, but they must be done according to certain regulations.

Child support enforcement systems could go federal

For parents in Pennsylvania dealing with a former partner who is not paying child support, the state system can be complicated and difficult to understand. The story is often the same for parents in other states as well. In response to this, a federal system is being developed to network child support enforcement throughout the United States.

How to raise children after a divorce

Some Pennsylvania parents may be wondering if they will be able to maintain a relationship with their children after a divorce. In most cases, a parent is allowed to have custody or other rights to a child. Physical custody means that a child spends the majority of his or her time with that parent. Legal custody refers to the parent who has the right to make important decisions about a child.

Start-up culture can lead to complex divorces

For Pennsylvania couples, the end of a marriage carries with it an array of emotional, practical and financial concerns. If children are involved or a partnership has been long-lasting, it can be exceptionally difficult to disentangle all of the accumulated history of a marriage. However, these complexities can be exacerbated when dealing with a marriage with a high level of assets, including businesses, investments or extensive real estate holdings. High asset divorces can mean complex financial disputes and concerns.

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.

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