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  • What if a Parent Violates a Custody Order?

    || 21-May-2018

    When a couple with children files for divorce, the divorce cannot be finalized until the couple reaches a divorce agreement. In addition to debt and property division, the divorce agreement will address matters relating to the couple’s children, such as child support, child custody, and medical expenses. Once a child custody order is in effect, both parents are expected to adhere to the ...
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  • Parenting Tips for Divorcing Parents

    || 14-May-2018

    When you first get a divorce, you have to get accustomed to a “new normal” in more ways than one: Your finances are going to be different. Your housing will likely change. Your work situation may change. And if you’re a parent, everything will change there. Suddenly, you may not see your children every day and you’ll have to make the best of it. The idea of co-parenting ...
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  • Two Biggest Fears of Divorce

    || 7-May-2018

    Even though roughly half of all first marriages in the United States end in divorce, that doesn’t seem to make divorce any easier on people. Often, divorce comes as a shock to couples who thought their love would last forever. They feel like their lives are turned upside-down even though statistically, the odds were against them from day one. In our experience, men and women tend to have two ...
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  • Don't Alienate Your Kids from Your Spouse

    || 30-Apr-2018

    Even if you manage to have a “ friendly divorce ” where you and your spouse agree 100% on everything, it doesn’t mean the divorce is going to be “easy” on you. Marriage is hard. Divorce can be harder, especially when children are involved. When couples file for divorce, the spouses usually experience intense emotions. Sometimes, what started off as an amicable divorce ...
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  • Protecting Yourself in a Divorce

    || 23-Apr-2018

    Whether you’re getting a no fault or a fault-based divorce, in both situations it’s important to protect yourself before, during and afterwards. This includes knowing your rights regarding marital property, debts, child support, and spousal support. You may feel like your hands are tied, but remember, knowledge is power. Here are our tips for protecting yourself while getting a ...
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  • What to Do When the Divorce is Over

    || 16-Apr-2018

    Everything you’ve done in recent months has built up to the moment when the divorce is completed. You’re divorced, the worst is over and now it’s time to embrace the next chapter in your life and your future. You may feel relieved, or the finalization of your divorce may have caused other, unexpected feelings. Regardless of how you feel about your marriage being officially over, ...
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  • 7 Shocking Causes of Divorce

    || 9-Apr-2018

    When you think about the main causes of divorce, two things probably come to mind: 1) cheating, and 2) financial problems. While these definitely lead to thousands of divorces every year, they are not the only reasons why people file for divorce. A third common reason is poor communication, but there are other causes, some of which might shock you. A lot of people run to the alter because of an ...
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  • Your Guide to Surviving Divorce

    || 2-Apr-2018

    If you’re getting a divorce, you need to protect yourself. And, one of the unconventional ways to make the process easier is to consciously work with your spouse to obtain a cooperative, no-fault divorce, one where the courts do not need to interfere. Even when you can work with your husband or wife to achieve an amicable divorce, you still need to understand your rights and responsibilities ...
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  • Preparing for Your Divorce

    || 26-Mar-2018

    Let’s face it – divorce is not easy. It’s emotionally stressful, and it involves the division of assets and debts. A lot of us hate paperwork and in a divorce, that’s half the battle. If you’re on the brink of divorce, we have good news for you. The more prepared you are, the easier the process will be. As someone headed towards divorce, it’s important that you ...
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  • Can You Legally Snoop on Your Spouse?

    || 19-Mar-2018

    Unfortunately, quite a few marriages fall apart because of adultery. Whether it’s a one night stand or a full-blown affair, the effects are often the same. Once the innocent spouse learns about the cheating, they subsequently pull the plug on the marriage. While some cheating spouses sit down with their husband or wife and admit the affair, that’s rare. More often than not, the ...
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  • Dating After Divorce

    || 12-Mar-2018

    It may see unorthodox, but believe it or not, divorce attorneys have a keen eye for relationship red flags. Why? Because, they’ve heard from hundreds, if not thousands of clients about the reasons why their marriages came to an end. This experience can also make for surprisingly valuable dating advice. If you’re in the middle of a divorce or if you’re recently divorced and ...
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  • Are You Being Psychologically Abused?

    || 5-Mar-2018

    “Emotional abuse is like this: You’re filled with sickening dread every morning knowing you’re facing another day of psychological warfare,” Abby Rodman writes in HuffPost. According to Psychology Today, “There are 3 million cases of domestic violence reported each year. Many more go unreported. Emotional abuse often precedes violence, but is rarely discussed.” ...
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  • 6 Lessons Every Divorcing Couple Needs to Learn

    || 26-Feb-2018

    Very few people have said divorce is easy, a piece of cake. But it can be easier than you think. After handling countless divorce filings on behalf of our clients, we have provided a list of six lessons that every divorcing couple needs to learn. 1. No marriage is perfect. There is no such thing as a perfect marriage. Even if a marriage looks “perfect” on the outside, even if a couple ...
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  • College Obligations in a Pennsylvania Divorce

    || 19-Feb-2018

    If you’re headed toward divorce and you have minor children, you may be wondering about college expenses. Are you legally obligated to pay for your child’s college? Can the courts force you to pay for your child’s college education? In Pennsylvania, parents are required to pay child support until their children reach the age of 18, or until they graduate high school. Parents are ...
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  • What Happens to a Mortgage in a Divorce?

    || 12-Feb-2018

    If you’re like so many married couples, you got married, bought a house and had two or three children. You may even have two newer vehicles parked in your garage – you’re probably living like the rest of the middle class. And like 50 percent of married couples in the United States, your marriage is ending in divorce. You’ve joined the divorce club. Aside from a 401(k) or ...
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  • Can a Father Obtain Custody in Pennsylvania?

    || 5-Feb-2018

    Traditionally, when moms and dads divorced, the mother was almost always the one to get primary custody of the kids. But, much has changed in the past 20 years. The family courts across the nation have gradually been changing so their laws and attitudes towards divorcing parents are gender neutral. While more mothers do still obtain primary physical custody than fathers, that doesn’t mean ...
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  • Easing the Pain of Divorce for Children

    || 29-Jan-2018

    Divorce affects more than just the spouses, it can affect a couple’s children just as hard if not harder, depending on their age. Even infants and toddlers can be affected when they witness their parents arguing frequently. Small children are very sensitive and they can certainly be affected by watching their parents yell, scream and cry during altercations. Whether your child is six months ...
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  • 6 Signs a Spouse is Cheating

    || 22-Jan-2018

    While each couple divorces for a different reason, infidelity and money probably are probably two of the most common reasons why people get divorced. If they aren’t the two leading causes of divorce, they’re certainly in the top 10. Most men and women in the United States enter the institution of marriage believing their spouse will be 100% faithful. After all, American culture frowns ...
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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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