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  • In the United States, there are two methods of dividing marital property in a divorce : equitable distribution and community property. Like the majority of states, Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state, which does not necessarily mean a couple’s property will be divided 50/50 in a divorce. It means the court will divide the couple’s property in a manner that is considered ...
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  • Can I Stop Paying Child Support if My Ex Won't Let Me See My Kids?

    || 9-Sep-2019

    In Pennsylvania, parents are legally obligated to financially support their children until they turn 18 or graduate high school, whichever happens later. However, there is one issue that we see across the nation. It doesn’t matter if it’s Pennsylvania, Texas, or Washington – this same thing happens all the time: The noncustodial parent, which is usually the mother, but not ...
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  • The Argument for a No-Fault Divorce in Pennsylvania

    || 2-Sep-2019

    We have all heard divorce horror stories over the years. We’ve heard tales of jealousy, spite, and long, drawn-out court battles. We’ve heard of litigated divorces plummeting spouses into bankruptcy and ruining every ounce of their emotional and financial wellbeing. We’ve heard of scarred children, and families ripped apart. Whether you heard such a horror story from a close ...
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  • How Noncustodial Parents Can Stay Involved!

    || 26-Aug-2019

    If you’re getting a divorce in Pennsylvania and you’re likely to become the noncustodial parent, you do not have to fall into the stereotypes about noncustodial parents being “deadbeat” parents. We want to note that it is possible to have “joint legal custody,” but for your soon-to-be-ex to have “sole physical custody.” However, many noncustodial ...
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  • Child Support Modifications in Pennsylvania

    || 19-Aug-2019

    A lot of newly divorced parents do not realize it, but child support is not necessarily something that stays the same until the day their legal obligation ends. Circumstances change, and when that happens, it can impact child support. When either parent’s circumstances change, it can impact the noncustodial parent’s child support obligation, that is if one of the parents goes back to ...
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  • Can Child Support Be Reduced Because of a Disability?

    || 12-Aug-2019

    When a noncustodial parent becomes disabled because of a workplace accident, an occupational disease, a personal injury accident, or because of a disabling medical condition, and they are not able to work, it can become difficult for them to keep up with their child support payments. If a parent starts receiving workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability (SSDI), or Supplemental ...
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  • Divorce: Is Pennsylvania a 50/50 State?

    || 5-Aug-2019

    If you live in Pennsylvania and your marriage is ending, you may be wondering if Pennsylvania is a 50/50 state in regard to divorce. Technically, 50/50 states are called “community property” states because each spouse is entitled to 50 percent of the marital assets acquired during the marriage in the event of a divorce. There are only a small handful of states that follow the community ...
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  • Parenting Before & During Divorce

    || 29-Jul-2019

    Are you a parent who is having marital problems and now divorce is on the horizon? If so, not only do you have to deal with the court process, but you have to deal with your own emotions and your children’s emotions. It’s hard enough dealing with your own emotions, but having to help your children through a divorce takes things to a whole other level. Each family’s situation is ...
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  • PA Divorce: Do I Need a Lawyer?

    || 22-Jul-2019

    If you’re headed toward divorce, you may be wondering if you really need an attorney, especially if you’re having a friendly or “amicable divorce.” You may also be wondering if a divorce lawyer is necessary if you have no real assets or if you don’t have any children. Even if you expect a relatively easy divorce, it’s still important to have a lawyer represent ...
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  • What if I Ignore the Divorce Complaint?

    || 15-Jul-2019

    Sometimes, when a spouse files for divorce, their husband or wife ignore the divorce complaint. Meaning, they do nothing. Why would someone do nothing? There are different reasons: The individual may not want a divorce, or they may be so busy working, they don’t want to take the time to address it. Or, they may be overwhelmed by the thought of divorce and just can’t deal with it ...
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  • Divorce: Who Keeps Our Friends?

    || 8-Jul-2019

    For a lot of splitting couples, it feels like they’re not only divorcing themselves, but they’re divorcing their friends too. Is this normal and to be expected? Do friends have to take sides? Do a couple’s friends have to choose one spouse over the other? In the absence of domestic violence, it is not necessary for couples to lose their friends over the divorce. Of course, there ...
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  • How to Have a Healthy Divorce

    || 1-Jul-2019

    No one gets married expecting their marriage to break down. Still, about half of all first marriages do end in divorce. If you’re going through a separation and a divorce, realize these are extremely emotional events, but it is possible to achieve a healthy divorce. When a marriage ends, it usually means a flood of emotions, such as grief, anger, anxiety, and fear. If you’re being ...
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  • Avoiding the Biggest Divorce Mistakes

    || 24-Jun-2019

    More than likely, you’ve heard your share of divorce horror stories. Perhaps, you are a child of an ugly divorce and you lived it. Hopefully, you’ve had the fortunate opportunity to meet a divorcée or two, who actually had a positive divorce experience. Of course, these are the types of individuals you want to emulate. “What if I despise my spouse?” You don’t ...
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  • Getting a Divorce? Take This Advice!

    || 17-Jun-2019

    As a no fault divorce firm that offers strictly cheap, no fault divorces, we deal specifically in amicable divorces – this is the only way we can keep our costs so low. This means we cannot help couples who are locked in heated divorce battles. Instead, we focus on helping spouses who, despite their differences, manage to have relatively friendly splits. We are not saying that all of our ...
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  • Child Support for Incarcerated Parents in Pennsylvania

    || 10-Jun-2019

    According to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, in the United States, about 1.7 million children have a mother or father who is incarcerated in a state or federal prison. In Pennsylvania, “Approximately 81,096 children have a parent incarcerated in a Pennsylvania state prison or roughly 3 percent of all minor children in the commonwealth. Approximately 65 percent of Pennsylvania ...
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  • Establishing Paternity After Divorce

    || 3-Jun-2019

    What is paternity exactly? It means to establish a child’s legal father. When a child is born to married parents, the law automatically assumes the woman’s husband is the child’s biological and legal father. But if a child is born to unwed parents, paternity must be legally established before orders for child support and child custody can be made. “How is paternity legally ...
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  • How to Make Child Custody Easier in Pennsylvania

    || 27-May-2019

    For many parents, one of the hardest parts of divorce is dealing with child custody. Will we share custody? Will my kids live with my ex most of the time? Will I barely ever get to see them? Will they stop wanting to see me? Will it be hard for them to live in two separate households? These are common concerns of divorcing parents and reasonably so! If you're comfortable with the divorce and ...
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  • Pennsylvania Divorce: Can I Do it Myself?

    || 20-May-2019

    When it comes to the legal system, you’ve probably heard about people hiring attorneys as well as representing themselves. For instance, you’ve probably watched crime shows where the criminal defendant chose to fire his attorney and represent himself, but it almost never ends well. Can you do the same for your divorce, can you represent yourself? Yes, you can choose to represent ...
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  • Changing a Child Support Order in Pennsylvania

    || 13-May-2019

    If you’re a parent who is headed toward divorce, you probably have questions about child support. One question being, “Can child support ever be changed?” Yes, it absolutely can be changed and this is very common with divorce cases. Usually, circumstances rarely stay the same when parents divorce, so if there is a “significant change in circumstances,” child support ...
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  • Divorcing as the 'Out Spouse'

    || 6-May-2019

    When you’re the “out spouse,” it means you are not the one that handles the finances in the marriage. In fact, out spouses usually have little, if anything to do with the finances. They may let their spouse handle all the bills because they hate math, because they detest paying bills, or because their spouse insisted on handling the couple’s finances. In most cases, the out ...
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  • Parenting After Divorce: Should We Have the Same Rules?

    || 29-Apr-2019

    Parenting may come easily for some couples, but for most folks, it’s not without challenges. Crying babies, temper tantrums, hitting and biting (infants and toddlers), leaving messes, not doing chores, missed curfews, hanging out with forbidden friends, concealing prohibited cellphones, sneaking out – children can put parents to the test. Think parenting is hard when mom and dad are ...
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  • Secret to Co-Parenting After Divorce

    || 22-Apr-2019

    At Cairns Law Offices, we specializes in cheap, no-fault divorces. The one thing that makes our divorces unique is our clients are willing to work with their spouses to achieve a simple, affordable, no-fault divorce. If a couple cannot work together to reach an amicable agreement, they have to look elsewhere because avoiding litigation is how we keep costs low. Interestingly, what works for a ...
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  • Should I Go Back to My Maiden Name After Divorce?

    || 15-Apr-2019

    Should you go back to your maiden name after your divorce ? What is the “right” thing to do? Really, it’s up to you. Regardless if someone decides to keep their maiden name or keep their married name, they always have their own reasons for doing so. Let’s take a look at some of the common reasons people choose to go back to their maiden name, and keep their married name. ...
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  • What to Do With the Rings in a Divorce

    || 8-Apr-2019

    When married couples split, they’ll have certain marriage and wedding-related issues involving the divorce to address, such as how to divide the furniture, what to do with the family pets, and what to do with the wedding pictures and videos, the wedding dress, and the wedding rings. Does the woman automatically hand her engagement ring back to her husband since he gave it to her? Does a ...
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  • Can I Divorce When My House is Upside-Down?

    || 1-Apr-2019

    Every day we here why unhappy spouses delay their divorces – waiting until the kids get older, waiting for that last family vacation, waiting for one last holiday together, waiting for mom or dad to finish online college, and waiting for the real estate market to turn around. Waiting for the real estate market to turn around? Yes, we hear that one a lot because when people invest in a home, ...
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