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Blog Posts in 2016

  • Can a Divorce Agreement Be Changed?

    || 27-Dec-2016

    If you have decided to get a divorce, you may or may not be apprehensive about the whole process. For example, if you and your spouse have minor children together and you have acquired some marital assets, such as a nice home with a little equity, you may be nervous about child custody and property division. When we represent clients in their divorce actions, we highly recommend that spouses ...
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  • Do I Really Need a Settlement Agreement?

    || 20-Dec-2016

    Instead of handling contested or litigated divorces, our firm focuses on helping spouses who are seeking an uncontested, no-fault divorce. While we may be the home of the cheap, “quickie” divorce, there’s nothing second rate about our services. While we’re big advocates of a fast, no-fault, mutual consent divorce, we do not promote that our clients obtain a divorce without ...
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  • Divorcing? Get Your Finances in Line!

    || 13-Dec-2016

    Researchers estimate that 45 to 50% of first marriages end in divorce in the United States. For second and subsequent marriages, the divorce rate is even higher. You may ask, “Why is the divorce rate so high in the United States?” Many experts and divorce attorneys agree that two factors play a key role in the rate of divorce: 1) women are more economically independent than ever ...
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  • Why Do I Need a Divorce Attorney?

    || 8-Dec-2016

    In the Pennsylvania legal system, people have the right to represent themselves in criminal and civil cases, but that does not mean they should. You've probably heard about criminal defendants firing their public defenders or private criminal defense attorneys and representing themselves, and as we all know, that never ends well. Is divorce any different? From a legal standpoint you are ...
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  • THE CAIRNS METHOD OF DIVORCE IS CHEAPER, FASTER, AND EASIER THAN EVER! We do things differently than other law firms, because we want your experience to be as hassle-free and as painless as possible. Our process and documents are tailored to your divorce, saving you time and money. We provide proactive updates during your divorce so you know where your case stands all along the way. Plus, we are ...
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  • No Consent Divorce & the One-Year Separation Rule

    || 5-Dec-2016

    Before you can divorce in Pennsylvania, you must meet certain requirements. First, you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months. If you file for a mutual consent divorce in Pennsylvania, then the court may grant the divorce 90 days after the service of the complaint on the other spouse, and after you both file the Affidavits of Consent. What if one of the spouses ...
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  • What does Separate & Apart Mean During an Uncontested Divorce?

    || 5-Dec-2016

    With relationships changing in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania and the country, definitions legal terms can be confusing. To help sort through the legal terminology for an uncontested divorce, we have dedicated this blog to explaining the meaning of the term "separate and apart" in Pennsylvania. You must be living separate and apart to get a Pennsylvania divorce. Our current ...
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  • What Should I Do With My Wedding Rings?

    || 28-Nov-2016

    When couples file for divorce, soon after the woman thinks, "What should I do with my engagement and wedding rings?" Some women will slip their rings off the moment the papers are filed, while others will wear their wedding band until the divorce is final. Aside from deciding "when" to stop wearing one's wedding ring, what should be done with the rings once they are removed ...
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  • How Adultery Affects Alimony in Pennsylvania Divorces

    || 21-Nov-2016

    The fact that adultery affects thousands of marriages in the United States each year is nothing new. For most couples coping with adultery, the marriages do not survive. If your marriage has unraveled because one of you had a fling or a full-blown affair, you may be wondering if the affair would affect the innocent spouse's legal rights to alimony in the event of divorce. Every state handles ...
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  • Is Child Support Tax Deductible?

    || 15-Nov-2016

    Let's face it, raising a family is expensive. When children are young, the cost of healthcare, daycare, formula, diapers, and wipes adds up fast. As the children get older, they enroll in activities like the Scouts, soccer, dance, and cheer, karate, or music lessons. Once they hit the sixth grade (or even earlier), they want the latest Nike or Converse shoes and smartphones. It can be hard for ...
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  • Failure to Pay Child Support in Pennsylvania

    || 7-Nov-2016

    At Cairns Law Offices, we are a Pennsylvania divorce law firm that helps people obtain, low-cost, no-fault divorces. By no-fault, we specifically help divorcing couples achieve mutual consent divorces, which means both spouses agree to obtain a divorce, and usually as painlessly as possible. Since we are a divorce law firm, we frequently deal with matters pertaining to child custody and support, ...
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  • Divorcing? Start Preparing Now!

    || 2-Nov-2016

    We all know that breaking up is hard to do, and sometimes, it's not the part about splitting with one's spouse that's difficult, it's severing the financial ties. A lot of people find money difficult. They hate to have to sit down in front of their computer for an hour and pay bills online, or they hate having to write out a dozen checks. It's just not fun. When it comes to ...
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  • Grounds for Divorce in Pennsylvania

    || 24-Oct-2016

    Are you contemplating divorce? If you decide to take the plunge, in your divorce papers you will need to indicate on what "ground" you are divorcing. In other words, you must note the reason why you're filing for a divorce. In Pennsylvania, spouses can file for divorce on both fault and no-fault grounds. If a spouse wants to file a "fault" divorce, he or she is essentially ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Child Support

    || 18-Oct-2016

    If you are getting a divorce in Pennsylvania and you have minor children with your spouse, you will need to learn the state's laws regarding child support. In order to help you better understand how the laws relate to you, we are going to explain what you need to know about child support below. If you have any questions that we do not answer here, please feel free to contact our office to ...
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  • Divorcing? Read These Financial Tips!

    || 10-Oct-2016

    Finances can be a sensitive, if not volatile issue for many married couples. Some spouses have a good arrangement where they are both frugal and consult each other before they make any major purchases. Other spouses seem to argue over money constantly, especially when one spouse has a habit of overspending, or hiding purchases from the other spouse, or when underemployment is an issue. Then, you ...
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