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Blog Posts in 2019

  • 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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  • Ethical Challenges Involved in Dating During Divorce

    || 28-Jan-2019

    If you’re on the road to divorce and you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about dating. Or, you think your soon-to-be-ex may start seeing other people once you split up. Is dating okay during a divorce? Read on as we address the “ethical challenges “involved and shed light on the subject. Pennsylvania is called a mixed state, which means married couples can ...
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  • Are Creditors Controlled by Divorce Agreements?

    || 21-Jan-2019

    For divorcing couples, sometimes dividing assets is easier than dividing debts. And the interesting part of it is – in many divorces debt is what led to the breakdown of the marriage. If you are getting a divorce and you and your spouse have a fair amount of debt, you may be wondering, “Are debts or creditors controlled by divorce agreements?” Unfortunately, the answer to that ...
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  • Should I Take a Social Media Break During Divorce?

    || 14-Jan-2019

    Social media has changed the world we live in, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Social media has connected old friends and allowed long-distance relatives to stay in touch and in each other’s lives. But social media has also led to countless extra-marital affairs, divorces, and fault-based divorces nationwide. Can social media posts impact your divorce ? Without knowing ...
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  • How to Protect Your Credit in a Divorce

    || 7-Jan-2019

    We’ve all heard the horror stories about the wife who took her husband to the cleaners in a divorce, the couple who filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy after their divorce, the husband who cut his wife off during the divorce and so on. Such stories understandably, make a lot of us fear the idea of getting a divorce due to potential financial ruin. Divorce does NOT have to be financially devastating. ...
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