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State College man sues adoption agency for denying him his rights

A local adoption agency, Bethany Christian Services, is facing legal proceedings initiated by a man who says the agency violated his constitutional right to child custody. The State College baby was placed with a York County pre-adoptive couple two years ago, in August 2015.

According to legal documents, both parents were with each other for a short time. The mother did not inform the father of her pregnancy. He heard from the mother about his baby, and the upcoming adoption six weeks following the birth. The lawsuit further says that the Bethany Christian Services reached out to the man on Facebook a week prior to the birth, but the adoption agency was aware approximately four months before the birth.

Divorcing women: Be careful of financial trouble after divorce

You and your spouse are finally getting the divorce you've been thinking about for years. Now it's time to get real about your finances. Being single is often more difficult financially than being in a partnership. After all, you will only have one income and many of the expenses you used to be able to share will be your sole responsibility. These expenses and financial setbacks can be particularly difficult for women.

Studies have shown that women suffer more than men when it comes to financial setbacks after divorce. Although equal pay, employment and job opportunity for women have come a long way in recent decades, women are still behind when it comes to income earning and job opportunity metrics. Perhaps this is why a recent study revealed that 64 percent of women agreed that they experienced a financial crises after their divorces, and 59 percent of women agreed that they experienced a financial wake-up call after their divorces.

How do I recover delinquent child support payments?

Parents involved in child custody cases usually also find themselves discussing child support. When child support payments become delinquent, the recipient has the right to recover those payments, especially if the agreement has yet to expire. So, how does one go about recovering delinquent child support payments?

When you are dealing with a delinquent parent who is also the non-custodial parent, it's quite possible to have any of the following enacted:

  • Liens issued against property
  • Wages garnished
  • Bank accounts frozen
  • Reporting the person to the credit bureaus
  • Jail
  • Probation
  • Denial of passport
  • Unemployment insurance interception
  • Held in contempt of court
  • Suspension of driver's license or professional driver's license

Adding up your marital assets

When Pennsylvania spouses decide to divorce, they are dealing with a lot of emotional challenges. Even if you're able to keep your eyes on the better future that is to come, it's never emotionally easy to separate from a long-term intimate partner. Eventually, though, spouses need to focus on the business aspects of divorce -- namely, finances and asset division.

A skilled and experienced Pennsylvania divorce law firm, such as Laura Robbins Law, LLC, can hold your hand through every step of your asset division process. Before you head to speak with an attorney about asset division, however, you'll want to take an inventory of your marital assets. These will be the assets subject to division during your divorce. Generally, marital assets include any assets, income and debt liabilities that either you or your spouse acquired after your marriage date. This can include your separate incomes and valuation increases on personal property.

Joint, sole, physical and legal custody options to think about

Child custody is a very serious matter because it can impact the entire future of a child. When parents are going through a child custody battle, they must think carefully about how each decision will impact the child. One important thing that they have to determine if they are trying to work things out through collaborative methods or mediation is what type of custody model is going to be used.

Typically, parents have to decide whether the child custody arrangement is a sole custody or a joint custody arrangement. The vast majority of cases utilizes a joint custody model.

How lying can affect your divorce

Since the time we are kids, we are taught not to lie. Lying can be hurtful and get us into trouble. Unfortunately, when two people are divorcing, they can find it quite tempting to lie in the interest of self-preservation.

However, even if you think a lie could improve your situation, you will likely find that it will not, as there are serious consequences to lying during the divorce process. Below, we take a brief look at how lying can affect you and the various elements of a divorce.

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