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  • 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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  • 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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  • Can Child Support Arrears Impact International Travel?

    || 24-Dec-2018

    When it comes to things getting in the way of travelling abroad, people tend to think about tax debt, being on probation or parole, and having pending criminal charges – those types of issues. But past-due child support ? That’s usually the furthest from people’s minds. If you’re headed toward a Pennsylvania divorce and you have minor children with your spouse, it’s ...
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  • When Does Child Support End in Pennsylvania?

    || 26-Nov-2018

    Each state has established its own laws in regards to child support. Like other states, Pennsylvania law requires that both parents financially support their children, even after they are divorced. In Pennsylvania, parents have to support their children until they are 18. However, if a child does not graduate high school until they are 19, the non-custodial parent may have to pay child support ...
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  • What is Medical Support in Pennsylvania?

    || 30-Oct-2018

    Are you getting a divorce in Pennsylvania? If your case will include child support or spousal support then it will also include medical support. But what is medical support? Medical support is health insurance and unreimbursed medical expenses for children or a spouse and it cannot be avoided because the federal government requires that all support orders include it. What is counted as a medical ...
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  • Paternity Issues in a Pennsylvania Divorce

    || 10-Sep-2018

    Paternity refers to establishing a child’s legal father. When a woman is married, the law automatically presumes that her husband is the child’s biological and legal father. Legal fathers have full rights and responsibilities toward their children. This means that they are obligated to financially support their children and they have the right to seek custody and visitation from the ...
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  • Beware of Pennsylvania's Dead Beat Parent Law

    || 27-Aug-2018

    When couples file for divorce, they don’t go into it thinking, “I’m not going to support my children,” but sometimes unexpected events in life, such as a job loss, an accident, or an illness make it impossible for a non-custodial parent to afford their monthly child support obligation. The problem is, when parents can’t pay, sometimes they sweep it under the rug and ...
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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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  • Child Support License Suspensions in Pennsylvania

    || 28-May-2018

    In all 50 states, there are real consequences for not paying child support. Such consequences include wage garnishment, bank account seizures, tax refund interceptions, lottery winning interceptions, driver license suspensions and more. For the purposes of this post, we’re going to discuss driver license suspensions for the failure to pay child support. This is a fairly important consequence ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Does Your Child Need Extra Financial Help this Fall?

    || 8-Dec-2017

    Child support orders are not set in stone and, if you have a sufficient reason for it, modifications can be granted. These modifications can either be temporary or permanent, depending on the circumstances. Therefore, if your child is in need of some extra financial help this fall and the payments your former spouse is currently making are not enough, you might be able to request a temporary ...
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  • Creating a Post-Divorce Budget

    || 28-Aug-2017

    Whether you’ve been married for two years, ten years, or twenty years, surely your finances are intertwined with your spouse’s, even if you have managed to keep all of your bank accounts, auto loans, and credit cards separate. Maybe you pay the rent or mortgage and your spouse pays the two auto loans. Or, perhaps you pay all of the housing expenses, and your spouse pays all the ...
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  • Paying Child Support in Pennsylvania

    || 15-Aug-2017

    If you are getting a divorce and you have minor children, soon you will learn about child support and how and when it’s paid. Whether you will be paying or receiving child support, you will find the information in this blog useful. Read on to learn more! Most of the time, child support is ordered through the court and paid through income withholding. The Pennsylvania Child Support ...
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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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  • Financial Matters to Consider During Divorce

    || 17-Jul-2017

    If you’re getting a divorce and if you’re like most people, you could be feeling a little apprehensive about your finances. Perhaps that’s even an understatement! While each divorcing couple’s financial situation is different, most couples need to pay attention to the same types of financial issues. As divorce attorneys who care about our clients’ success, we ...
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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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  • 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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  • PA Child Support Laws Beyond 18

    || 3-Apr-2017

    “Does child support end when a child turns 18 and heads off to college in Pennsylvania?” Unless there is a written agreement stating otherwise, or the child is physically or mentally disabled, a parent’s requirement to pay child support terminates when their son or daughter turns 18, or graduates high school, whichever happens later. “But, what if my child is in college, am ...
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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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  • Child Support in Pennsylvania

    || 13-Feb-2017

    If you’re getting a divorce in Pennsylvania and you have minor children with your spouse, you’re going to want to learn about child support. When a parent pays child support, he or she makes monthly payments to the other parent to cover the costs of raising ther children. A paying parent cannot insist that the receiving parent specifically spends the money on the children’s ...
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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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