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Blog Posts in 2014

  • Ditch the Divorce Attorney & Get a Quick Divorce

    || 31-Dec-2014

    Some of the best outcomes of divorce come from couples that seek to do so collaboratively. A collaborative divorce is one where the couple works out the details of their separation without the need for the court. While a lawyer must be used to ensure the legality of the process, a couple that separates collaboratively has full control over how their property, assets, and debts will be separated, ...
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  • Last-Minute Christmas Advice

    || 23-Dec-2014

    If you are in the middle of or have recently gotten a divorce, facing the first Christmas alone can be extremely difficult. While many other forms of loss come with an outpouring of support, a divorce can oftentimes leave you alone and reaching out to others. This holiday, Cairns Law Offices is providing some last-minute tips for you to navigate the holiday season the best you can. Take Time For ...
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  • How to Use Divorce to Reinvent Yourself

    || 19-Dec-2014

    Tips for Personal Change The end of the marriage comes with a significant number of headaches, but one of the positives is the chance to reinvent yourself once everything in finalized. Divorce is increasingly seen, not as the end of a relationship, but the start of a new life and the experiences it can bring. This fresh beginning can give you the chance to let go of any frustrations previously ...
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  • What Can Children Learn in Divorce?

    || 11-Dec-2014

    One of the biggest narratives spun about divorce is making sure that a divorce has the least possible negative affect on any children involved. Parents are encouraged to keep their feelings locked up, to discuss the details of the divorce behind closed doors, and come up with a great co-parenting plan to the benefit of all involved. While no one can deny that making sure children are well taken ...
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  • When it comes to settling property, alimony, and debt, Pennsylvania courts are "equitable" courts, basically meaning that the court can do whatever it thinks is "fair". There is nothing set in stone or that guarantees what a court may decide is fair. When the court divides the marital assets and debts, it may consider many factors, including the length of the marriage and the ...
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  • What We Can Learn From Celebrity Divorce?

    || 4-Dec-2014

    As common as it is, divorce is always a hot-topic issue that attracts a lot of attention from friends and family. Everyone wants to know the details of the divorce, and even if the former spouses remain friendly, many want to pinpoint where things went wrong. When it comes to celebrity divorces, there is a lot of focus on the intimate details of the marriage and what each spouse will receive as ...
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  • How is Alimony Decided in a Pennsylvania Divorce?

    || 26-Nov-2014

    Spousal support, also called alimony, involves monthly or regular payments that one spouse makes to the other following a divorce. The purpose of alimony is to prevent one spouse from becoming financially destitute due to this change of circumstance. Oftentimes, alimony will only have to be paid for a limited time, until the other spouse is able to financially support themselves. How much alimony ...
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  • Laws on Marital Property in Pennsylvania

    || 19-Nov-2014

    Marital property is all of the property a couple acquires in the time that they are married to one another. In the event of divorce, this property will be split according to the laws of the state they are divorcing in. Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state, which means that property will be split in the way that the court feels to be the most fair. What is looked at when determining ...
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  • Church Shifts Attitude Towards Non-Traditional Families

    || 13-Nov-2014

    The Roman Catholic Church, led by Pope Francis, convened at the Vatican to release a document concerning the changing state of the American family. Roman Catholic bishops called upon the rest of the Catholic community to accept gay individuals, unmarried couples, divorced individuals, and the children that belong to these untraditional families. What does this mean for families worldwide? The ...
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  • Is Collaborative Divorce Right for You?

    || 6-Nov-2014

    The attorneys at Cairns Law Offices believe that divorce does not need to be a long, drawn-out, and draining process. Many couples are choosing to end their marriages with the understanding that not all relationships work and it is not necessarily one person's fault when a marriage ends. For those that seek to dissolve their marriage with this understanding, a collaborative divorce may be the ...
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  • Feel Better About Yourself After Divorce

    || 29-Oct-2014

    It is easy for a person to get down on themselves following a divorce. A person may wonder what went wrong, or have a difficult time adjusting to their new life without their partner. One of the most important things a person can do following a divorce is to maintain their own health and well-being. When children are involved, this may be more difficult, but making sure that the individual is ...
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  • Online Dating May Lead to Break-Ups Down the Road

    || 23-Oct-2014

    A recent study that examined the effects of online dating on relationships has revealed that while online dating makes a wider range of people available, it also makes it easier to break up with those people. Nearly 3,000 individuals took part in this study, which revealed that while people go on more dates, it can lead to less people finding long-term partners online. The study revealed three ...
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  • Cheating Clause in Pitt-Jolie Prenuptial Agreement

    || 16-Oct-2014

    Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made headlines earlier in August with their secret wedding. In high profile marriages that involve significant amounts of money, it is commonplace for couples to sign a prenuptial agreement before a marriage. Cheating Clause in Prenuptial Agreement With a combined net worth of over $420 million, the couple signed a prenuptial agreement before ...
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  • Schwarzenegger Divorce to Be Finalized in December

    || 8-Oct-2014

    Former California governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and ex-wife Maria Shriver will finalize their divorce in December. The divorce will be granted three years after the couple separated in 2011. Divorce Finalized After Three Years The finalization of the divorce comes after the former couple reached an agreement about their $400 million fortune and the division of their property. ...
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  • Postnuptial Agreements in Pennsylvania

    || 1-Oct-2014

    A lot of focus is given to agreements made before a marriage, also known as prenups. These agreements allow a couple to map out what will happen if they decide to divorce. However, there are other options for couples that are already married but would still like to set legal boundaries regarding assets and property. This option is called a postnuptial agreement, and can hold up in most family ...
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