Pennsylvania Family Law

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1.State statute TITLE 23 DOMESTIC RELATIONS
2. Fault or no-fault (typically when a state allows fault based and no-fault divorce, fault based divorces require no separation period. Fault based and no-fault
3. Equitable distribution or community property Equitable Distribution
a. Methods of apportionment
i. Periera and Van Camp in CA
b. Property distribution factors http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=23&div=0&chpt=35&sctn=2&subsctn=0
4. Legal separation? No
a. Waiting period/Separation period 2 years, but under review ( as of 2015) to be shortened
5. Is mediation required Optional
6. Forms used Pennsylvania divorce forms
7. Alimony guidelines and factors 17 PA factors
Alimony formula PA child support and alimony formulas
a. Types Rehabilitative, permanent, reimbursement
b. Term Limits None
Cohabitation Section 3706 states alimony ceases upon payee's cohabitation
c. Imputing income "No alimony if cohabitating (Court may modify order upon substantial and continuing changed circumstances 23 Pa.C.S.A. § 3701)"
d. Change in circumstances Section 3706 states alimony ceases on cohabitation
e. Ceases on retirement "McFadden v.McFadden, 386 Pa. Super. 506, 563 A.2d 180 (1989) (error to hold that retirement is a foreseeable change which is not sufficient as a matter of law to justify modification);"
Impute income on early retirement
Early retirement for health reasons is involuntary
f. Definition of income PA Income defined
8. Child support factors and guidelines Child support factors
9. Child support calculator PA child support calculator
10. Lump Sum  Support allowed? Yes
11. Valuation
a. Valuation date Complaint
b. Goodwill divisibility Personal goodwill is not divisible.  Enterprise goodwill is divisible. - DeMasi v. DeMasi, 366 Pa. Super. 19, 530 A.2d 871 (1987)
c. Standard of value Fair market value
d. Discounts Allowed
e. Shareholder/partner agreements Should be considered - Buckl v. Buckl, 373 Pa. Super. 521, 542 A.2d 65 (1988)
 12. Double dip  Impermissable double dip, not issue because personal goodwill not divisible
 a. Stock options  
 b. Retirement accounts "Permissable - McFadden v. McFadden, 386 Pa. Super. 506, 563 A.2d 180, 184 (1989)
 c. Child support
 13. Key cases  
 14. Premarital agreements  Binding if certain conditions are met
 15. Common law  No


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