Fans of Grey's Anatomy tuned into a full-scale custody trial last week as Callie and Arizona battled over their daughter, Sophia. For those unfamiliar, Callie and Arizona are the parents of an 8 year old child whom they have shared custody of since their divorce on the prime time medical drama based in Seattle. Recently, Callie's girlfriend received a job offer in NYC precipitating Callie's request to move with the child. Nearly a full episode was dedicated to a custody trial as a judge heard testimony from witnesses and determined whether the child would relocate with Callie to NYC or remain in Seattle with Arizona. As Grey's has always focused on the medical field, it should come as no surprise that the depiction of a custody trial wasn't quite on the mark, at least based on Pennsylvania Law. Read on to see three things Grey's got wrong:
It is hard to believe that winter is finally nearing its end and the cold temperatures could soon be a thing of the past. But unfortunately, with the end of the cold winter months comes a surge of something most would consider equally as depressing - divorces. A prior analysis conducted by Findlaw.com coined March the "Divorce Month." The article clarified that although January is still the month where divorce numbers really start to increase, March is actually the month where the number of divorces peak. Why is the start of a new year such a trendy time for married couples to seek a divorce? According to Findlaw.com, one possible reason could be that couples prefer to stay together for the sake of the family during the holiday season. Or perhaps the reasoning is as simple as avoiding the tax consequences associated with changing your marital status prior to the end of the year.
Divorce might be easy? Well, when it is difference between an annulment and a divorce, an annulment is much harder to get. There are two categories of marriages for which an annulment may be sought in Pennsylvania. The first are marriages that are void by their existence. The second are marriages that are voidable upon action be either party.
When most individuals think of payments made from one spouse to another in connection with divorce proceedings, most immediately think of the term alimony. Alimony is one form of spousal support in Pennsylvania; however, there are also two others, spousal support and alimony pendente lite. Which one a dependent spouse receives depends upon which stage the parties are at in their Pennsylvania divorce proceedings.
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What if "Kimye" gets a divorce? Last weekend marked one of the most anticipated weddings of the decade, second perhaps only to the Royal wedding. Kim Kardashian had a royal wedding of her own in Florence, Italy where she tied the knot to the father of Kim's nearly year old daughter, Kanye West.
The law governing custody gives the court the authority to direct parties engaged in custody litigation to partake in co-parenting counseling. Co-parenting counseling is designed for parents who need assistance in successfully co-parenting their children due to lingering or ongoing hostility or distrust. The goal of co-parenting counseling is to improve parenting relationships by reducing conflict and improving communication, ultimately protecting and improving the overall well-being of the children involved. While many parties are required by a court order to attend such counseling, many parents undertake co-parenting counseling on their own, as they see it an effective way to improve their relationship for the sake of their children.
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