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How is the Marital Home Divided in a Divorce?


Spouses going through a divorce typically have a lot of assets to divide. When a marital home is part of the assets to be divided, what are the options for keeping the home? One of the most important issues to determine in whether the marital home can be retained by one party, has to do

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The Great Estate Podcast, May 7, 2020: Family Law Procedures During COVID-19


On this episode of the Great Estate Podcast, attorney Christopher Brown from Eckell Sparks sits down with his colleague Melanie E. Tunaitis, Esq. to discuss family law proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite court closures, there are still family law cases that need to be handled in a timely and efficient manner. Many of the

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Divorce Records Are Public


Separating couples who go through divorce proceedings may not realize what happens in court may become public record. This does not mean that it will be broadcasted on the local news. However, in some states, interested parties can request copies of divorce petitions and final divorce decrees from county clerks or obtain them through other

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PUTMA Accounts Versus 529 Accounts: Why it Matters in your Divorce


The recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case of Brooks v Brooks highlighted a common misunderstanding that can frustrate the intent of people who are divorcing.  The case revolved around one party using the 529 Accounts of both children to pay for the post-secondary education of one child.  The parties, when married created both PUTMA (Pennsylvania Uniform

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Divorce Considerations for 2020 and Beyond


For some couples, the year of 2020 will not just mark the turn of a new decade, it will be the year they start their divorce proceedings. Although many aspects of getting a divorce stay the same from year to year, others tend to shift with times and regulations. For that reason, anyone contemplating a

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Maintaining Privacy During Divorce


During a divorce, it is best for those involved to keep intimate details private; this is especially true if these details include children, assets, or sensitive information about each spouse. Maintaining privacy is crucial because details could be used as evidence in court. How Privacy Is Invaded During a Divorce Sadly, gossipers will sometimes search

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Overcoming Fear of Divorce


Divorce is undoubtedly one of the most stressful events a person can go through in their lifetime, so it is no wonder why many people may remain in an unhappy marriage purely out of the fear of the divorce process. If the thought of going through a divorce causes you immense fear or anxiety, it

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January, The Month of Divorce


The holidays can be difficult, particularly for married couples. Unstable marriages seemingly cannot overcome the added holiday stress at this time of year. Perhaps that is why January is unofficially classified as the “divorce month”, where most divorces happen compared to any other time of the year. All marriages are different, and divorce can happen

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Are Professional Degrees Marital Property in Pennsylvania?


The task of dividing up marital property can be complicated, especially when a detail presents itself that had not been considered before. Couples will expect to divide up savings accounts, furniture, and items they purchased together. There is another factor that some separating spouses will also need to think about, and that is professional degrees

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Keeping the Magic in Christmas in Separate Houses


Celebrating Christmas in two separate houses can be difficult for children with divorced parents. However, it can also be difficult on the parents as well, especially when it comes to giving gifts. It is important to avoid doubling up on toys, electronics, and clothes, but that may happen if you and your ex-spouse fail to

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A Message to Our Clients About Coronavirus COVID-19:

We want to assure everyone that during this unprecedented and difficult time, we are still operating and will continue to meet all the legal needs of the residents of the Delaware Valley. While the Governor’s recent orders have restricted our ability to maintain and run our physical offices, Eckell Sparks has deployed a variety of applications and hardware that allows both our attorneys and our support staff to work remotely from home, prepare legal documents, confer with clients remotely, and provide consultations to those seeking legal advice. For more than 50 years, our Firm has been a force in the Delaware Valley legal community. And by leveraging technology, we will continue to do so both during, and after, the current public health emergency.

So, if you need us, we are here. Do you have a question about whether it’s more beneficial to file your taxes by April 15, despite the postponement of the filing deadlines? Are you an employer and don’t know what to do under all the new Corona-virus laws being passed in Washington? Were you injured in a car accident either before, or during, the current crisis? Call or email us. We can help. www.eckellsparks.com 610-565-3700.

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