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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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  • Can a Spouse File Bankruptcy & Leave the Other Spouse with Debt?

    || 25-Mar-2019

    You may be wondering if a husband or wife can file bankruptcy in Pennsylvania and leave their spouse with the debt, especially if you’re getting divorced. Pennsylvania is an “equitable distribution” state. So, unlike community property states, such as California and Nevada, spouses are not automatically responsible for their spouse’s debts. Can one spouse file bankruptcy ...
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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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