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What happens to your mortgage after divorce?

Over 60 million people in the United States are married, and around 60 percent of the population owns a home. As almost 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, the combination of owning a home and ending a marriage can be extremely complicated.

Your home is one of the biggest investments you will make, but what happens when the marriage ends? If your name is on the mortgage with your ex, then you have several options to split yet another part of your life together.

3 strategic tips for a relocation child custody case

Divorce and child custody issues are emotionally charged and difficult, and parental relocation is no exception. If you want to move out of Pennsylvania with your child, you probably have a lot of questions. These cases can be especially hard to understand and navigate. While this process is hardly ever easy, here are some tips to keep in mind if you want to move out of state with your child.

Can you use deadly force?

You have a gun to protect yourself, your family and your property, so it only stands to reason that the law should allow you to use it for that purpose. Although this seemingly common-sense conclusion is not actually the case in many states, in Pennsylvania, legislators agree that you have a right to stand your ground. However, you could be facing a weapons charge or worse if you cannot answer the following questions the right way:

Understanding property division during a divorce

Divorces can be messy, high-conflict processes, especially if your marriage has gone on long enough to include kids and a fair amount of shared property and assets. That's why it is important to understand how the property division process works in a divorce. When you understand that process, it is easier to focus on strategies that will help you achieve your goals, and it is also easier to weigh the advice you receive from your attorney and other sources.

Mandatory Minimum Sentence Does Not Apply to "Failure to Register"

The mandatory minimum sentence provided in 42 Pa.C.S. 9718.4 for failure to register is unconstitutional.

In Commonwealth v. Blackney, --- A.3d ----, 2016 WL 7322797, 2016 PA Super 287 (Dec. 16, 2016), our Superior Court determined that the mandatory minimum provisions of 42 Pa.C.S. Section 9718.4, requiring a mandatory minimum sentence for a second or subsequent offense of failing to register as a sex offender, is unconstitutional.

Criminal charges have serious, long-lasting impact

Many people know about the penalties that come with criminal charges, such as jail time or fines. Those convicted of a crime are not off the hook after these penalties though. Having a criminal record can affect a person for the rest of their life, seemingly continuing the punishment for years and years to come.

How does a criminal record affect someone's future? And is there anything that can be done to start moving forward again?