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  • Rights of Unemployed Dads in Divorce

    || 2-Jul-2018

    In the past, when a couple divorced, it was the mother who usually had custody of the kids and received spousal support. This was especially the case around the year 2000 and prior. Today however, the child custody and spousal support laws across the nation have been rewritten so they are gender neutral. Why the sweeping change? One of the main reasons is the presence women have in the workforce. ...
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  • Stepparent Adoptions in Pennsylvania

    || 11-Jun-2018

    If you’re getting a no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania and you have a child with your soon-to-be ex, you may be wondering, “If I remarry, is it possible for my new spouse to adopt my child?” If you’re thinking about this, it’s probably because your current spouse is a less than ideal mother or father. Your spouse may be on-board with you about getting a no-fault ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Successful Co-Parenting After Divorce

    || 7-Aug-2017

    For many unhappy couples, divorce is for the best. But even when divorce is the only solution, that doesn’t make it any easier when it comes to parenting after divorce. If you’re a parent who’s heading down the divorce path, likely your biggest concerns will be over your children’s happiness and wellbeing. If you’re worried about how the divorce will affect your ...
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  • Post-Divorce Advice for Single Dads

    || 31-Jul-2017

    As a divorced father, you may have to split your retirement account with your wife, let her keep the house, and pay child support. Despite the fact that these are not easy, perhaps the hardest part will be no longer living with your kids, or not seeing them every single day. In order to be a successful divorced dad – you’ll need to maintain a good relationship with your children, ...
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  • Divorce Inevitably Brings Change

    || 3-Jul-2017

    If you're headed towards divorce, you probably have a lot on your mind, especially if you have children with your spouse. Initially, you’ll need to decide on asset and debt division, child custody, and where you’re going to live. If you’ve been out of the workforce while raising your children, you may have to think about going back to work or school, or both. Right now, your ...
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  • Financial Tips for Divorcing Fathers

    || 5-Jun-2017

    If you are a father who is headed towards divorce, you probably have several concerns. Will I have to pay child support and if so, how much? Will I have to pay spousal support? Will I have to move out of my home? Will we have to put our house on the market? Will I be able to take care of myself, after supporting my children and possibly my ex? Surely, money is probably one of the top things on ...
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  • Can Military Spouses Get a Cheap, No-Fault Divorce?

    || 15-May-2017

    Marriage in the military can be very difficult, especially upon young couples who have only been together for a short while. Young military families often have to deal with one deployment after the next and frequent moves while the non-military spouse has to maintain the household and the family all by themselves for months at a time. Sometimes loneliness, adultery, or the strain of physical ...
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  • Pennsylvania Marital Settlement Agreements

    || 1-May-2017

    If you are living in Pennsylvania and you’re researching a simple, uncontested, no-fault divorce, you probably have some questions. What will happen to my children? Can I work out property division without having an expensive divorce? Will we need a marital settlement agreement? Here at Cairns Law Offices, we specifically help married couples obtain simple, affordable, no-fault divorces for ...
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  • Reaching a Child Custody Agreement in PA

    || 24-Apr-2017

    Here at Cairns Law Offices, we help spouses achieve simple, low-cost, no-fault divorces. In fact, we help spouses seeking a “mutual consent” divorce do it all for just $219. “Is it more expensive if I have children and need a child custody agreement?” No, it is not. As long as you and your spouse agree to cooperate and come to an agreement on child custody and property ...
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  • Cheap, No-Fault Divorce in Pennsylvania

    || 10-Apr-2017

    If it were easier to get divorced in most states, we’d probably have more divorces, now wouldn’t we? For many unhappy spouses, splitting from their spouse is not the issue, but the process is what stresses them out, and reasonably so! If you’re a resident of Pennsylvania, getting divorced doesn’t have to cost you $2,000, $4,000, or even more like it does in most parts of ...
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  • Child Custody in PA: Which Parent is Best?

    || 27-Mar-2017

    When parents decide to divorce in Pennsylvania, they will have a lot to consider, especially in regards to child custody. As every divorcing parent knows, child custody can be a very sensitive issue. What works for one family, may not work for the next. For example, just because your neighbor got her three kids in the divorce and her ex-husband only sees the children every other weekend, that ...
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  • Contempt of Court in a PA Family Law Case

    || 13-Mar-2017

    When couples obtain divorces in Pennsylvania, typically these individuals will sign marital settlement agreements, which address property and debt division, and child custody. As written documents in a divorce, these agreements are legally enforceable in court. If one of the divorcées fails to hold up their end of the marital settlement agreement, they can take their ex-husband or wife to ...
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  • Is a Cheap Divorce Too Good to Be True?

    || 9-Jan-2017

    For tens of thousands of couples, the “cost” of divorce keeps them from ending an empty, unsatisfying, or otherwise hollow marriage. They’ve heard of divorces costing spouses $3,000 to $5,000 each, if not more, and they’re afraid they can’t afford to end their unhappy marriage so they decide to “grin and bear it, sometimes for years on end. If you live in ...
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  • 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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  • 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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