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How Will Divorce Affect My Business?

Divorce and business. For the owner, running the business can be never-ending and all-consuming. In many cases, the commitment and passion for it can contribute to strains in your personal life, leading to a struggling marriage and divorce. Consult with a divorce attorney if you own a business and are facing a divorce proceeding. Will […]

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Can Catholics Get a Prenuptial Agreement?

A Catholic prenuptial agreement is commonly viewed as planning for divorce before a marriage even begins in the Catholic Church. The mere mention of the word “prenup” can incite a gasp and an inquisitive raise of the eyebrow, especially if you're talking about a Catholic prenuptial agreement. However, prenuptial agreements are not necessarily executed with […]

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How Might the Pandemic and The CARES Act Impact a Divorcing Couple’s Business?

Beware: the CARES Act may distort business cash flows from 2020. Almost every business faced an unusual year in 2020. When the pandemic hit, work slowed dramatically then came the whiplash effect. In particular the sweeping Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided short term help for many businesses. While the hospitality and […]

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Is it worth getting Short-Term Limited Duration Health Insurance during the Pandemic?

STLDI coverage was designed as bridge coverage so the consumer has some insurance until better coverage is arranged. The premiums are low and so is the protection. After passage of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA, often called Obamacare) standards were proscribed for comprehensive major medical insurance policies. STLDI medical coverage is Short-Term Limited Duration […]

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Filing Taxes During Divorce - Should You File Jointly or Separately in PA?

It's not safe to assume that divorcing couples filing their income taxes one way over the other is better. In late March/early April, if you're filing taxes during a divorce, you'll have to make an important decision about filing your income taxes. Read some tips to answer your questions from family law attorney and divorce […]

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Changes to PA Spousal Support Guidelines for Dependent Spouses

Updated for 2020, learn from a family law attorney if spousal support changes and APL guidelines help or hurt, in terms of one’s personal cash flow. On December 28, 2018, new Pennsylvania spousal support changes and APL guidelines were issued that took effect on January 1, 2019. Litigants and lawyers both need to understand the […]

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Mary Cushing Doherty's Observation About PA House Bill 1397

On December 9th, 2019, Mary responded on behalf of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers regarding PA custody statutes. Her presentation was to Representatives Delozier and Davis as well as the sub-committee on Family Law. Thank you Representatives Delozier and Davis for the opportunity to present my observation about House Bill […]

If you have children and you are getting married, you need a premarital agreement. Why not make it Romantic?

March 15, 2017 By Mary Cushing Doherty When a couple is marrying, if either fiancé is a single parent or divorcee, friends may suggest  they sign a prenuptial agreement.  A premarital agreement need not be a divorce plan. The quick brushoff that this suggestion is offensive could be misplaced.  Why not write a prenuptial agreement […]

Romantic Premarital Agreements: Solving the Planning Issues Without “The D Word”

March 10, 2017 By Mary Cushing Doherty This post originally appeared in the Journal of the AAML, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2016. I. INTRODUCTION When a couple is planning to marry, either or both may be urged by friends, family, a financial advisor and/or business partner to consult an attorney to prepare a premarital agreement. […]

Reducing No-Fault Divorce Separation to One Year: The Significant Impact on Divorcing Couples with Business Interests

January 26, 2017 By Mary Cushing Doherty Before Pennsylvania’s Act 102 became law in late 2016, parties to a divorce in most Pennsylvania counties were unable to meet with a divorce Master until they had established grounds.  Without both parties filing Consents to the divorce, the delay put the business owner’s livelihood at risk.  To […]