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What is international child abduction?

As a divorced parent in Pennsylvania, you wish the best for your child. Unfortunately, there are some situations in which your child may be endangered, or put into dangerous situations, by your ex-spouse. International child abduction is one of those potential situations.

What is international child abduction? According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, international child abduction occurs when a parent or relative takes a child who is not under their custody and flees the country. This includes the concealment of said child, or their wrongful retention. The country that they flee to doesn't have to be the ex-spouse's country of origin, but that's usually the chosen destination due to familiarity and having financial, social and economic support already in place, in many cases.

These jobs have the most divorces

Work is a large part of most people's lives, and couples across Pennsylvania know that the career path they choose can impact other parts of their lives, including their marriages. A recent study used data from the U.S. Census Bureau to measure which jobs had the highest divorce rates for people by age 30.

The study was conducted by Zippia, who was interested to see how different occupations measured up against one another when it came to divorce. According to the data, military jobs have some of the highest rates of divorce, taking up three of the top spots on the list, including the first which went to first-line enlisted military supervisors with a 30 percent divorce rate. It is no secret that military couples are more likely to divorce, although there are no definite answers why. Couples who are separated due to deployment are one population who are likely more vulnerable to end their marriages. Some also believe that since the military recruits people who are in more difficult financial positions, that could be a factor as well. Frequent moves, often rigid schedules and troubles bringing a spouse back into the family after a deployment could also be to blame for the high rate of divorce.

The benefits of joint custody

When divorcing parents in Pennsylvania are trying to determine who will get custody of the child, there may be some difficulties in determining if one parent will get sole custody or if both will get joint custody. Which one is better for a child, and which one suits the unique circumstances of their families?

The answer differs from situation to situation, as no two are exactly alike and the solutions that work for one family may not work for others. However, Newsweek has an essay on the benefits of joint custody, written from the point of view of a teenager who had been through the divorce of their parents. They stated that joint custody was something that positively shaped the relationship with both parents, and that the closeness and trust may not have otherwise been present if it weren't for spending equal time with both parents.

How to divide retirement assets during divorce

Dividing property and money during divorce can be daunting. You must not forget about the proceeds of your retirement plan. Your retirement account may hold a significant amount of wealth. Separating your retirement funds requires careful consideration and a unique process of obtaining a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO).

If you do not divide your retirement plan properly, you may face serious tax consequences. Keep reading for a quick guide to dividing your retirement assets with a QDRO.

Getting along for the children's health

As any divorcing couple in Pennsylvania knows, trying to get along for one another through the feelings of frustration, anger and sadness that often accompany a divorce is no small feat. But new studies show that going through the stressful and acrimonious divorce of parents can have lasting effects on the health of the children--reaching into adulthood.

As HealthDay News reports, researchers at Carnegie Mellon studied 200 healthy adults to see how they would react when exposed to a common cold virus. Adults who had parents who remained married throughout their childhoods and adults whose parents divorced as children but remained in contact had an equal chance of catching the cold virus. Yet adults whose parents divorced during and did not speak throughout their childhoods were three times more likely to catch the cold virus than the others. Previous studies have shown that adults with divorced parents are in worse health, and the researchers involved in this study believe their work may provide insight into those prior conclusions.

Uncovering hidden assets during divorce

A strong, successful marriage is often based on mutual trust, and once that trust starts to dissipate, it can be hard to find it again. If you have lost trust in your spouse and believe that he or she may be trying to conceal assets ahead of an upcoming divorce, performing your due diligence can help ensure you get your fair share when the day comes.

Hiding assets is becoming increasingly difficult, given today’s modern technologies and the electronic trails such actions often leave behind, but that does not mean your husband or wife will not still try to do so. If you suspect your spouse is hiding assets from you, consider taking the following steps.

Supporting the children through a divorce

As parents across Pennsylvania know, taking care of children is not always easy. Providing attention, love, and support to children can become more difficult when dealing with the anger and frustration that often accompany a divorce. Yet, as the Washington Post explains, successfully parenting through a divorce can keep the child feeling safe and loved, even as his or her world changes dramatically.

As long as it is safe to do so, helping a child to maintain a relationship with the other parent is one of the most effective ways to help ensure he or she will have a childhood. This means keeping frustration and animosity out of sight in the child's presence and maintaining strict compliance with any parenting schedule. Any attempts to circumvent an ex-spouse's parenting time is putting the child squarely in the middle of the conflict, which is precisely where he or she does not want to be. This also includes avoiding negative comments about the other parent, as Huffington Post explains, which can undermine a relationship.

How are child support payments decided?

When Pennsylvanian parents split, there are still plenty of things that need to be considered in regard to your child. Child support payments are often at the top of any potential list of concerns, and both of you may have a lot of questions to ask.

One of the most common questions is: how are child support payments even decided? The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania highlights the basics of child support, including payments. Aspects that may be considered by the court include:

  • Spousal assets
  • The net income of both parents
  • Any previous financial obligations like alimony or child support to children of other relationships
  • Each parent's share of health expenses
  • Each parent's share of basic monthly support expenses

The rise of gray divorce

While divorce can be complicated no matter how long a couple is together, as those who divorce in their older age will find, there are specific concerns those over 50 will face that may not be at the top of mind for their younger counterparts. Gray divorce, or couples ending their marriage after age 50, is on the rise, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and a quarter of those seeking divorces in 2010 fell into the gray divorce category. While some of the marriages that are ending were first marriages, the baby-boomers now seeking divorce are also subsequent marriages, which tend to end in divorce at a higher rate.

Many say that these couples are seeking divorce because of longer life expectancy, and that also leads to greater concern for the financial aspect of a divorce. While not all couples have a dependant spouse, for those who were out of the workforce, especially to raise children, the cost of retirement could pose significant problems if they were not saving or paying into social security for a long amount of time.

Stalking laws in Pennsylvania

If you are in potentially abusive relationship in Pennsylvania, you may be looking for ways to keep yourself safe as you look to get divorced from your partner. You may also be concerned about keeping any children you have safe in this process.  For some people, fears of stalking may arise even once they have separated from a partner. If you are wondering if the actions of your former partner may be considered stalking, it will be important for you to know how the law defines this.

According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, there are different things that may be classified as stalking. One involves the ongoing communication to another person that is meant to instill a sense of potential imminent danger. This danger may be of physical or emotional harm. Physically following a person with similar intent may also be classified as stalking.

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