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  • Should I File Bankruptcy After Divorce?

    || 15-Jan-2018

    It’s no secret that money problems have a tendency to strain a marriage and when things get grim, finances can drive a couple apart, leading to divorce. At Cairns Law Offices, we specialize in low-cost, no-fault divorces; therefore, we help a fair share of people who are having financial problems and simply cannot afford a costly divorce. Because of our unique “niche,” we have ...
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  • Rebuilding Your Finances After Divorce

    || 8-Jan-2018

    For many, if not most divorcing couples, splitting up isn’t the hardest part of divorce, it’s dealing with the financial impact. While not all couples are affected the same, the majority of couples do experience significant changes in their financial status during and after the divorce process. Here are some examples of how divorce affects spouses: A stay-at-home parent has to return ...
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  • Can Stay-at-Home Parents Count on Alimony?

    || 1-Jan-2018

    Are you a stay-at-home parent who is getting a divorce ? Let’s say you have stayed home to raise your children, and it’s been 5, 10 or even 20 years since you had a job. You’re now thinking something to the effect of: “My skills are outdated and my kids still need be to be at home. I’ve devoted myself to supporting my spouse’s career, so I deserve spousal ...
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  • Social Media & Your Divorce

    || 25-Dec-2017

    If you’re like most adults in the United States, you log onto Facebook at least once a day. You probably have an Instagram and Twitter account too. While platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter can be great for staying connected to friends and family, they can wreak havoc during the divorce process. According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), “If your status is ...
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  • How Social Media Can Harm Your Child Custody Case

    || 21-Dec-2017

    It is generally never a good idea to be active on social media during your divorce case since your posts can easily come back to haunt you and derail your chances at obtaining a favorable settlement. When it comes to child custody, it can have both an emotional and legal impact to your case. Remember, this legal battle is likely going to touch your life in every possible way and even affect the ...
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  • Best Advice for Divorcing Parents

    || 18-Dec-2017

    Are you a parent who is planning on getting a divorce ? If so, you may be afraid of how the divorce is going to impact your children. After all, most divorcing parents have this concern. Surely, you’ve heard the statistics – how divorce can affect a child emotionally, academically, and relationship-wise. But, it’s not all bad. In Psychology Today, author Wendy Paris wrote, ...
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  • Can I Negotiate My Own Divorce Settlement?

    || 11-Dec-2017

    If you’re seriously contemplating a divorce, you may be afraid of the costs involved. You might have heard people say something to the effect of, “Don’t even try to negotiate your own divorce settlement. That’s what attorneys are for.” As you think of these warnings, you begin to imagine the attorney fees rising until you begin to rationalize, “I can’t ...
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  • Does Your Child Need Extra Financial Help this Fall?

    || 8-Dec-2017

    Child support orders are not set in stone and, if you have a sufficient reason for it, modifications can be granted. These modifications can either be temporary or permanent, depending on the circumstances. Therefore, if your child is in need of some extra financial help this fall and the payments your former spouse is currently making are not enough, you might be able to request a temporary ...
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  • Filing for Divorce in the New Year

    || 4-Dec-2017

    Are you planning on filing for divorce after the holidays? If so, you have plenty of company. Historically, January is the busiest month for divorce filings across the nation. In contrast, December is the time of year when many (but not all) couples hold off on filing for divorce so they can get through the holidays without dampening the “holiday cheer” or having to handle court ...
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  • Pennsylvania law recently changed to allow for faster divorces. The new law can be a bit confusing, so HERE'S THE EASY WAY TO KNOW HOW LONG YOUR PA DIVORCE WILL TAKE: IF... you have been separated 1 year or MORE -- and -- your date of separation occurred ON or AFTER 12/05/16, then you qualify for a Section 3301(d) divorce. IF... you have been separated 2 years or MORE then you also qualify for ...
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  • How Divorce Impacts Social Security

    || 27-Nov-2017

    Are you getting a divorce in the near future? If you were married for 10 or more years, guess what? You may be entitled to receive Social Security benefits on your former spouse’s earning record, or he or she may be able to receive benefits under yours. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), if a couple gets divorced and their marriage lasted at least 10 years, one of the ...
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  • No Fault Divorce Saves Money, Time & Heartache

    || 20-Nov-2017

    We’ve all heard horror stories about couples whose divorces dragged on in court for years. We’ve heard about divorces that cost more than $50,000, and divorces that drove couples straight to bankruptcy court. We’re not even touching on the couples who had to spend thousands of dollars on counseling sessions or therapy to handle the “stress” of their contentious ...
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  • When Does Alimony End in Pennsylvania?

    || 13-Nov-2017

    In Pennsylvania, there are three types of alimony or spousal support: 1) spousal support (paid after the spouses separate), 2) alimony pendente lite (refers to a temporary order for support that is made after the divorce is filed), and 3) alimony (spousal support paid after the divorce is final). For the purpose of this post, we’re going to discuss alimony and when it ends in Pennsylvania. ...
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  • Dividing Retirement Assets in a Pennsylvania Divorce

    || 6-Nov-2017

    In the United States, there are two methods of distributing marital property in a divorce : 1) equitable distribution and 2) community property. Like the majority of the states, Pennsylvania follows the “ equitable distribution ” model, which aims towards a fair and equitable distribution of marital property, but it’s not necessarily equal or 50/50. If the couple cannot reach an ...
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  • Should I Divorce During the Holidays?

    || 30-Oct-2017

    Now that the holidays are quickly approaching, we’re entering that time of year where unhappy spouses begin to question themselves about the timing of their divorce. If you’re on the brink of divorce, you may be thinking, “Should I wait until after the holidays to file for divorce?” It depends on your situation. In our experience, the answer depends a lot on the ...
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  • Divorce & Taxes: What You Must Know

    || 23-Oct-2017

    Are you contemplating getting a divorce ? If so, you have a lot to think about. Depending on your circumstances, child custody, child support, spousal support, and property division are probably at the top of your mind. Taxes on the other hand, may be the last thing you’re thinking about. However, if you decide to get a divorce, it’s important that you know how divorce affects your ...
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  • Protecting Your Credit in Divorce

    || 16-Oct-2017

    As someone who’s about to get divorced, surely, you’ve heard horror stories about people whose credit was “ruined” because of their divorce. Is this possible? Yes, absolutely. Can it be prevented? Yes, for sure, if you play your cards right. It’s important to understand that divorce itself does not affect a person’s credit score. Unlike a bankruptcy, a ...
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  • 6 Social Media Don'ts During Divorce

    || 9-Oct-2017

    Even when you’ve agreed to have a no-fault divorce, it can still be an emotional rollercoaster. Most spouses will find a few close friends and family members to confide in, and that’s to be expected. Explaining your divorce over a bottle of wine or whisky or a cup of coffee is one thing, but airing your dirty laundry to 500 “friends” on Facebook is a whole other animal. We ...
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  • Divorce Considerations for Baby Boomers

    || 2-Oct-2017

    “At a time when divorce is becoming less common for younger adults, so-called ‘gray divorce’ is on the rise: Among U.S. adults ages 50 and older, the divorce rate has roughly doubled since the 1990s,” according to Pew Research Center. For the 65 and older crowd, “the divorce rate roughly tripled since 1990, “ Pew Research Center reported. If you’re in your ...
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  • Marital Property in Pennsylvania

    || 25-Sep-2017

    If you are on the brink of divorce in Pennsylvania, you may be wondering, “What counts as marital property? What property is subject to division?” Under the Divorce Code, all property acquired during the course of the marriage, with a few exceptions, such as property owned before the marriage, is marital property, regardless of who earned the money or whose name is on the title. ...
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  • Why Choose an Uncontested Divorce

    || 18-Sep-2017

    Some divorces are settled out of court. Others are settled in court and decided by a judge who does not know the couple personally. The first type is called an uncontested divorce. The second is a contested divorce; it’s also known as divorce litigation. With an uncontested divorce, the couple agrees to put their heads together and settle all of their divorce-related issues out of court. ...
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  • Modifying a Parenting Plan

    || 11-Sep-2017

    If you are a parent of minor children who is headed towards divorce, you and your spouse are going to need to create a Parenting Plan. Your plan will detail legal custody and physical custody, and how you will both divide your time with the children. While this plan may be great for right now, you may need to change it in the future. When it comes to divorce, rarely do things stay the same. ...
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  • Parental Relocation After the Divorce

    || 5-Sep-2017

    Are you headed towards divorce ? If so, we want to warn you that things are going to change. Two or three years after the divorce, things are probably going to look very different. One of you may remarry. Your children may decide to switch homes and move in with the non-custodial parent. Or, one of you may move clear across the country. One thing that comes up a lot after a divorce is a parental ...
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  • Creating a Post-Divorce Budget

    || 28-Aug-2017

    Whether you’ve been married for two years, ten years, or twenty years, surely your finances are intertwined with your spouse’s, even if you have managed to keep all of your bank accounts, auto loans, and credit cards separate. Maybe you pay the rent or mortgage and your spouse pays the two auto loans. Or, perhaps you pay all of the housing expenses, and your spouse pays all the ...
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  • Getting Over the Affair to Achieve a Cheap Divorce

    || 22-Aug-2017

    If your marriage was torn apart by an affair, you have plenty of company. Unfortunately, adultery has become so commonplace that people are almost numb to it. Once a practice committed mostly by men, each year more (and more) women are cheating on their husbands. Many believe this increase has much to do with the fact that women no longer need their husbands for financial support, so they can end ...
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