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Religious exemption laws deny LGBTQ right to adopt or foster

When LGBTQ parents try to adopt or foster in Pennsylvania, they often worry about how their sexual orientation or marital status may affect the adoption. This anxiety is not without good cause. NBC News reports that LGBTQ parents suffer from discrimination sanctioned by the states they called home. This led to the American Bar Association taking its own stance to represent the rights of the community.

Marital dissatisfaction and the decision to divorce

When it comes to marriages, every couple is different. Some married couples are able to happily live together for the rest of their lives, while others may find that things are not working out several months after they tied the knot. There are so many reasons why marriages fall apart, from spousal abuse and financial hardships to difficulties associated with raising children, an affair or even just incompatibility. When someone is dissatisfied in their marriage, they may try to work things out through counseling. Others may have no desire in trying to repair their marriage, or these attempts may prove unfruitful.

Financial problems and family law

People experience financial hardships for a myriad of reasons, including the loss of a job and a health problem that seemingly came from nowhere. Unfortunately, these financial problems can do far more than cause daily life to become difficult from a financial point of view. Unfortunately, they can also leave a non-custodial parent unable to pay child support, prevent someone from moving forward with a divorce due to legal costs, result in missed alimony payments and cause a variety of other challenges. If you are going through a tough time financially, or anticipate these problems in the near future, it is important to focus on the potential impact with respect to family law.

Approaching your divorce with the right attitude

Divorce can be very hard in a number of ways, from the financial burdens associated with ending a marriage (paying alimony or child support, distributing marital property, etc.) to those which affect a child's daily life as well as their future. Understandably, some people become overwhelmed when they even think about splitting up with their spouse, whether they were the one who chose to end the marriage, or their spouse announced that they will be filing a divorce petition. If you are struggling with any divorce-related matters, it is crucial to approach your divorce with the right attitude.

Less common reasons for divorce

Many marriages come to an end because of major differences, a couple growing apart over time, infidelity and wanting to start a new life. With that being said, marriages also end due to a variety of other factors, including some that may be less common. For example, someone may convert to a particular religion during the course of their marriage and their spouse may not want to continue with the marriage any longer. Regardless of the reason why a marriage is called off, you need to approach this situation cautiously and know what may be at stake.

How can single parents navigate the holidays?

For single parents in Pennsylvania, the holidays are often a challenging time. From worries about money to conflicts with your ex, you might feel like you're all alone in your glum feelings and dour outlook. In fact, many single parents go through the same thing this time of year, which is why Live About offers the following tips.  

Factors that can influence a custody decision

Ending marriage can bring various challenges into your life, but legal matters which involve your children may be the most difficult of all. Child custody, in particular, can be incredibly emotional and may leave a parent distraught. If you are worried about losing a custody battle or whether you will be able to see your child in the future, it is pivotal to do what you can to prepare yourself. There are many different factors that courts will review when making a custody decision and it is important to be aware of how they determine what is in a child's best interests.

Disapproval of your decision to divorce

Many different hurdles may surface for those going through a divorce, such as legal matters involving kids or finances. While these can be hard for sure, it is important to keep in mind that people splitting up with their spouse may encounter other challenges. For example, their friends or family members may disapprove of their decision to divorce. Or, if they are relatively famous, some of their fans and followers may disagree with their decision. This can place a great deal of pressure on someone who may already feel stressed out and overwhelmed about the end of their marriage.

Emotional challenges due to spousal support

When a married couple splits up, various difficulties may become a part of daily life, such as issues involving child custody or financial matters that revolve around child support. However, it is important to bear in mind that other divorce topics which do not always receive as much attention can also be very difficult for divorced people to work through. For example, spousal support payments can create challenges for those required to pay and those who receive alimony also. Aside from financial troubles, spousal support can also bring up emotional issues for people.

Can unpaid child support result in tax refund interception?

A recent post on our blog focused on back child support and passport applications. Now, we will focus on tax refunds and some of the financial consequences that parents may face when they fail to pay their child support. In Pennsylvania, parents may fall behind on these obligations for diverse reasons, including the loss of a job, health problems and so on. However, failing to stay caught up on child support payments can make life even more challenging.

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