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Brian Christopher Vertz

Pittsburgh Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Is PA state a community property state, how is separate and marital property divided upon divorce in PA

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.
    2. Brian Christopher Vertz
    3. Margery Ellen Golant
    4. Jozefa Kristina Jackson
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    Pennsylvania is NOT a community property state. Pennsylvania, like the majority of states, is a "marital property" state and utilizes an "equitable distribution" procedure for dividing marital property. In general, all property acquired from the date of marriage to date of separation is "marital property," regardless of whether it is titled in the husband's name, wife's name or joint names. The major exceptions are property acquired by gift or inheritance, premarital property, and property...

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  2. What happen the spouses filed for divorce separate in two different states, Ej puero rico en pennsylvania

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Brian Christopher Vertz
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    When two spouses file divorce proceedings in different states, the issue is "personal jurisdiction." Does the Pennsylvania court have personal jurisdiction over your wife who resides in Puerto Rico? Does the PR court have jurisdiction over you? The answer to those questions is fact-specific. You would have to answer several other questions: How long have you been separated? How long have you lived in Pennsylvania? How long has your wife lived in Puerto Rico? Where was the last marital domicile?...

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  3. Am i liable for my fiances back taxes after we marry

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Brian Christopher Vertz
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    I cannot see how you could be held liable since you did not file a joint income tax return and your fiance's income taxes were incurred before you were married. Be careful, however, about acquiring property in joint names with your new spouse. The law of most states protects jointly-titled property, but you might want to keep your property and money separate to ensure that joint property is not seized to pay taxes.

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