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  • Moving Out: Child Custody Issues to Consider

    || 18-Mar-2019

    In Pennsylvania, couples have to be separated for one year before they can file for divorce. Usually, this means “physical separation” and this is best accomplished when the spouses are able to live in different residences. While the date of separation is important because it gets the one-year clock ticking, it’s not as simple as moving in with your parents, your best friend, or ...
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  • Transferring a Car Title in a Divorce

    || 11-Mar-2019

    When a married couple decides to divorce, they must divide their marital assets and debts through a divorce settlement agreement. This division will address real estate, automobiles, retirement accounts, investments, and so on. In a divorce, things like automobiles and real estate can be either assets or debts depending on whether or not they are secured by a loan. If a vehicle was recently ...
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  • Divorcing an Addict

    || 4-Mar-2019

    If you’re married to an alcoholic or someone battling another form of addiction, it’s probably taken quite a toll on your marriage. If you’ve been trying to make your marriage work and you’re running into a wall, the only way to put an end to your misery may be to file for divorce. If you’re like a lot of people, you may have not known your spouse was an addict when ...
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  • 2019 Changes to Alimony Laws

    || 25-Feb-2019

    For over seven decades, alimony has been tax deductible for the paying spouse and counted as taxable income for the receiving spouse, but thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on January 1, 2019 all of that changed. Under the new law, all spouses who enter into a divorce agreement on or after January 1, 2019, alimony (spousal support) payments will no longer be tax deductible for the paying spouse, ...
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  • Enforcing an Alimony Order in Pennsylvania

    || 18-Feb-2019

    In Pennsylvania, alimony (also known as spousal support) is what a higher-earning spouse pays to the lower-earning spouse each month for financial support after the divorce is final. In a no-fault divorce for example, the spouses can agree on spousal support, but in a more contentious divorce, it can also be awarded by a judge. Suppose you enlist our services and you achieve a no-fault divorce for ...
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  • How Divorce Can Impact Your Job

    || 11-Feb-2019

    It’s common knowledge that for most people, divorce is going to affect them emotionally and physically, even when both spouses know it’s for the best. But what few people think about is how the divorce is going to impact their job. The emotions involved in a split up can be intense and that’s normal. But it’s not as if someone can just “turn it off” from 8:00 AM ...
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  • Can Child Support Be Taken from Workers' Compensation?

    || 4-Feb-2019

    The workplace can be dangerous, especially if you work in construction, manufacturing, or law enforcement. But even the seemingly “safe” occupations can be dangerous. Every day, nurses sustain back injuries after lifting patients and data entry personnel suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Even office workers can be injured in car accidents that occur “on the clock,” and ...
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  • Pennsylvania’s original eDivorce lawyer at the Cairns Law Offices recently added two new legal assistants to the team in Pittsburg: Maria Cabrera and Nancy Prince. With prosperity and perseverance comes growth and the Cairns Law Office has recently expanded the team, adding two legal assistants. Maria Cabrera and Nancy Prince are the newest members of the team, aiding in administrative, ...
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  • Ethical Challenges Involved in Dating During Divorce

    || 28-Jan-2019

    If you’re on the road to divorce and you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about dating. Or, you think your soon-to-be-ex may start seeing other people once you split up. Is dating okay during a divorce? Read on as we address the “ethical challenges “involved and shed light on the subject. Pennsylvania is called a mixed state, which means married couples can ...
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  • Are Creditors Controlled by Divorce Agreements?

    || 21-Jan-2019

    For divorcing couples, sometimes dividing assets is easier than dividing debts. And the interesting part of it is – in many divorces debt is what led to the breakdown of the marriage. If you are getting a divorce and you and your spouse have a fair amount of debt, you may be wondering, “Are debts or creditors controlled by divorce agreements?” Unfortunately, the answer to that ...
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  • Should I Take a Social Media Break During Divorce?

    || 14-Jan-2019

    Social media has changed the world we live in, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Social media has connected old friends and allowed long-distance relatives to stay in touch and in each other’s lives. But social media has also led to countless extra-marital affairs, divorces, and fault-based divorces nationwide. Can social media posts impact your divorce ? Without knowing ...
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  • How to Protect Your Credit in a Divorce

    || 7-Jan-2019

    We’ve all heard the horror stories about the wife who took her husband to the cleaners in a divorce, the couple who filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy after their divorce, the husband who cut his wife off during the divorce and so on. Such stories understandably, make a lot of us fear the idea of getting a divorce due to potential financial ruin. Divorce does NOT have to be financially devastating. ...
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  • Can a Child Choose Which Parent to Live With in Pennsylvania?

    || 31-Dec-2018

    In all states, there is a common misconception that parents have about divorce and child custody. They often think that when a child reaches the age of 12, 13, or 14 (depending on the state), that their child has the power to choose which parent to live with. As a general rule, this is not the case. As a standard rule, family court judges are interested in hearing about a child’s preference ...
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  • Can Child Support Arrears Impact International Travel?

    || 24-Dec-2018

    When it comes to things getting in the way of travelling abroad, people tend to think about tax debt, being on probation or parole, and having pending criminal charges – those types of issues. But past-due child support ? That’s usually the furthest from people’s minds. If you’re headed toward a Pennsylvania divorce and you have minor children with your spouse, it’s ...
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  • What Happens to Property in a Pennsylvania Divorce?

    || 17-Dec-2018

    In the United States, there are two methods of dividing marital property in a divorce : community property and equitable distribution. Pennsylvania, like most states, follows the equitable distribution model. Divorcing spouses know that divorce affects their assets, but they don’t always know exactly how or to what extent. Cash in bank accounts, real estate, automobiles, life insurance, ...
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  • Will Cheating Ruin My No-Fault Divorce?

    || 10-Dec-2018

    Did your spouse cheat on you? Or, are you the one who cheated? Either way, you may be wondering if you can still seek a no-fault divorce despite the fact that one of you did something wrong and hurt the other. In Pennsylvania, spouses can seek a fault or a no-fault divorce. While people certainly can seek a fault-based divorce on the ground of adultery, it’s actually a lot less popular. For ...
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  • Tips for Negotiating a Divorce Settlement

    || 3-Dec-2018

    As a divorce firm that focuses on no-fault divorces, we work with spouses who have put their differences aside and agreed to negotiate a divorce settlement. Some of these couples already know what they want before they come to our firm, while others need some help in the negotiations department. If you’re planning on seeking a cheap, no-fault divorce, we commend you for working toward a ...
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  • When Does Child Support End in Pennsylvania?

    || 26-Nov-2018

    Each state has established its own laws in regards to child support. Like other states, Pennsylvania law requires that both parents financially support their children, even after they are divorced. In Pennsylvania, parents have to support their children until they are 18. However, if a child does not graduate high school until they are 19, the non-custodial parent may have to pay child support ...
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  • Reinventing Yourself After Divorce

    || 19-Nov-2018

    Divorce has this way of giving unhappy spouses a fresh start. While the first six or 12 months may be hard, it’s also a time for quiet reflection and for many, it’s a time for reinvention. Not that people aren’t happy about who they are, but sometimes after they’ve been in an unhappy marriage, they’ve neglected to take care of themselves. They’ve spent so much ...
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  • Tips for Dating During a Pennsylvania Divorce

    || 12-Nov-2018

    When it comes to dating and divorce, our clients are broken down into two categories: 1) those who want to wait until after the divorce is final, and 2) those who can’t wait to jump back into the dating game. Ideally, everybody would fall into the first group but we’d be foolish to ignore the fact that a lot of people want to start dating shortly after the one-year separation starts ...
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  • 6 Tips for a Great Divorce

    || 5-Nov-2018

    For some couples, they know their divorce is going to get ugly. But that’s not everybody. For others, the breakup is a sad, grief-filled event filled with genuine loss and lots of good memories. If this is how you feel and if you are two people who simply aren’t meant to be married anymore but are trying to treat each other decently, here are 6 tips for achieving a great divorce: 1. ...
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  • What is Medical Support in Pennsylvania?

    || 30-Oct-2018

    Are you getting a divorce in Pennsylvania? If your case will include child support or spousal support then it will also include medical support. But what is medical support? Medical support is health insurance and unreimbursed medical expenses for children or a spouse and it cannot be avoided because the federal government requires that all support orders include it. What is counted as a medical ...
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  • Can Mental Illness Impact a PA Divorce?

    || 23-Oct-2018

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 19.1% of adults in the United States had an anxiety disorder in the previous year and an “estimated 3.1% of U.S. adults experience any anxiety disorder at some time in their lives.” In light of the above findings, it’s not uncommon for unhappy couples on the brink of divorce to have a mental health issue ...
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  • How Can I Achieve a No-Fault Divorce in PA?

    || 16-Oct-2018

    Some states are no-fault divorce states, while others like Pennsylvania are “mixed states.” Meaning, a spouse can file for divorce on fault-based grounds or no-fault grounds. Is one better than the other? In our opinion a no-fault divorce is the way to go, even if one spouse’s marital misconduct, such as infidelity or being a bad spouse was the root cause of the breakdown of the ...
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  • Enforcing Spousal Support Orders After Divorce

    || 9-Oct-2018

    If you’re heading into a Pennsylvania divorce and you expect to either pay or receive spousal support, you will be interested in learning how the state enforces spousal support orders if a spouse falls behind on their payments. As of July 1, 1990, all cases involving spousal support or child support automatically involve a wage attachment order, a court order that directs the obligor’s ...
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