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January 2018 Archives

How do the courts decide on child custody cases?

Deciding on child custody cases can be a complex process; however, there is one clear standard that all judges abide to. This is that all child custody cases must rule in the best interests of the child in question. Therefore, there are a great deal of investigative processes that can occur to ensure that this standard is being kept.

How are child support payments calculated?

For divorcing parents, a primary concern may be the cost of child support. In Pennsylvania, child support is a source of income for many families. Over half a million children are recorded on the state’s child support caseload records and in the 2014 fiscal year, the Pennsylvania Child Support Program (PCSP) collected and distributed $1.3 billion in child support. The average amount of a child support payment in Pennsylvania is $421 per month, which is slightly lower than the national average of $481 per month.

Alternatives to Chapter 7

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the type of bankruptcy that most debtors qualify for most easily, but it is not always the only option that a debtor has. Depending on several factors such as the nature of the debt and the income of the debtor, he or she may qualify for Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcies, for instance.

What is a third-party special needs trust?

When it comes to planning your wealth and taking care of all family members, it is essential that you look into all options fully. If you have a child that has a severe illness or disability for example, you may want to set up a trust that can help to support them with everything that they need. In desiring this, you may want to set up a special needs trust.