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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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  • What Happens to a Mortgage in a Divorce?

    || 12-Feb-2018

    If you’re like so many married couples, you got married, bought a house and had two or three children. You may even have two newer vehicles parked in your garage – you’re probably living like the rest of the middle class. And like 50 percent of married couples in the United States, your marriage is ending in divorce. You’ve joined the divorce club. Aside from a 401(k) or ...
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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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  • Easing the Pain of Divorce for Children

    || 29-Jan-2018

    Divorce affects more than just the spouses, it can affect a couple’s children just as hard if not harder, depending on their age. Even infants and toddlers can be affected when they witness their parents arguing frequently. Small children are very sensitive and they can certainly be affected by watching their parents yell, scream and cry during altercations. Whether your child is six months ...
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  • 6 Signs a Spouse is Cheating

    || 22-Jan-2018

    While each couple divorces for a different reason, infidelity and money probably are probably two of the most common reasons why people get divorced. If they aren’t the two leading causes of divorce, they’re certainly in the top 10. Most men and women in the United States enter the institution of marriage believing their spouse will be 100% faithful. After all, American culture frowns ...
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  • Should I File Bankruptcy After Divorce?

    || 15-Jan-2018

    It’s no secret that money problems have a tendency to strain a marriage and when things get grim, finances can drive a couple apart, leading to divorce. At Cairns Law Offices, we specialize in low-cost, no-fault divorces; therefore, we help a fair share of people who are having financial problems and simply cannot afford a costly divorce. Because of our unique “niche,” we have ...
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  • Rebuilding Your Finances After Divorce

    || 8-Jan-2018

    For many, if not most divorcing couples, splitting up isn’t the hardest part of divorce, it’s dealing with the financial impact. While not all couples are affected the same, the majority of couples do experience significant changes in their financial status during and after the divorce process. Here are some examples of how divorce affects spouses: A stay-at-home parent has to return ...
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  • Can Stay-at-Home Parents Count on Alimony?

    || 1-Jan-2018

    Are you a stay-at-home parent who is getting a divorce ? Let’s say you have stayed home to raise your children, and it’s been 5, 10 or even 20 years since you had a job. You’re now thinking something to the effect of: “My skills are outdated and my kids still need be to be at home. I’ve devoted myself to supporting my spouse’s career, so I deserve spousal ...
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  • Best Advice for Divorcing Parents

    || 18-Dec-2017

    Are you a parent who is planning on getting a divorce ? If so, you may be afraid of how the divorce is going to impact your children. After all, most divorcing parents have this concern. Surely, you’ve heard the statistics – how divorce can affect a child emotionally, academically, and relationship-wise. But, it’s not all bad. In Psychology Today, author Wendy Paris wrote, ...
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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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  • Filing for Divorce in the New Year

    || 4-Dec-2017

    Are you planning on filing for divorce after the holidays? If so, you have plenty of company. Historically, January is the busiest month for divorce filings across the nation. In contrast, December is the time of year when many (but not all) couples hold off on filing for divorce so they can get through the holidays without dampening the “holiday cheer” or having to handle court ...
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  • How Divorce Impacts Social Security

    || 27-Nov-2017

    Are you getting a divorce in the near future? If you were married for 10 or more years, guess what? You may be entitled to receive Social Security benefits on your former spouse’s earning record, or he or she may be able to receive benefits under yours. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), if a couple gets divorced and their marriage lasted at least 10 years, one of the ...
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  • No Fault Divorce Saves Money, Time & Heartache

    || 20-Nov-2017

    We’ve all heard horror stories about couples whose divorces dragged on in court for years. We’ve heard about divorces that cost more than $50,000, and divorces that drove couples straight to bankruptcy court. We’re not even touching on the couples who had to spend thousands of dollars on counseling sessions or therapy to handle the “stress” of their contentious ...
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  • When Does Alimony End in Pennsylvania?

    || 13-Nov-2017

    In Pennsylvania, there are three types of alimony or spousal support: 1) spousal support (paid after the spouses separate), 2) alimony pendente lite (refers to a temporary order for support that is made after the divorce is filed), and 3) alimony (spousal support paid after the divorce is final). For the purpose of this post, we’re going to discuss alimony and when it ends in Pennsylvania. ...
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  • Dividing Retirement Assets in a Pennsylvania Divorce

    || 6-Nov-2017

    In the United States, there are two methods of distributing marital property in a divorce : 1) equitable distribution and 2) community property. Like the majority of the states, Pennsylvania follows the “ equitable distribution ” model, which aims towards a fair and equitable distribution of marital property, but it’s not necessarily equal or 50/50. If the couple cannot reach an ...
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  • Should I Divorce During the Holidays?

    || 30-Oct-2017

    Now that the holidays are quickly approaching, we’re entering that time of year where unhappy spouses begin to question themselves about the timing of their divorce. If you’re on the brink of divorce, you may be thinking, “Should I wait until after the holidays to file for divorce?” It depends on your situation. In our experience, the answer depends a lot on the ...
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  • Divorce & Taxes: What You Must Know

    || 23-Oct-2017

    Are you contemplating getting a divorce ? If so, you have a lot to think about. Depending on your circumstances, child custody, child support, spousal support, and property division are probably at the top of your mind. Taxes on the other hand, may be the last thing you’re thinking about. However, if you decide to get a divorce, it’s important that you know how divorce affects your ...
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  • Protecting Your Credit in Divorce

    || 16-Oct-2017

    As someone who’s about to get divorced, surely, you’ve heard horror stories about people whose credit was “ruined” because of their divorce. Is this possible? Yes, absolutely. Can it be prevented? Yes, for sure, if you play your cards right. It’s important to understand that divorce itself does not affect a person’s credit score. Unlike a bankruptcy, a ...
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  • 6 Social Media Don'ts During Divorce

    || 9-Oct-2017

    Even when you’ve agreed to have a no-fault divorce, it can still be an emotional rollercoaster. Most spouses will find a few close friends and family members to confide in, and that’s to be expected. Explaining your divorce over a bottle of wine or whisky or a cup of coffee is one thing, but airing your dirty laundry to 500 “friends” on Facebook is a whole other animal. We ...
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  • Divorce Considerations for Baby Boomers

    || 2-Oct-2017

    “At a time when divorce is becoming less common for younger adults, so-called ‘gray divorce’ is on the rise: Among U.S. adults ages 50 and older, the divorce rate has roughly doubled since the 1990s,” according to Pew Research Center. For the 65 and older crowd, “the divorce rate roughly tripled since 1990, “ Pew Research Center reported. If you’re in your ...
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  • Why Choose an Uncontested Divorce

    || 18-Sep-2017

    Some divorces are settled out of court. Others are settled in court and decided by a judge who does not know the couple personally. The first type is called an uncontested divorce. The second is a contested divorce; it’s also known as divorce litigation. With an uncontested divorce, the couple agrees to put their heads together and settle all of their divorce-related issues out of court. ...
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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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  • 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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  • Getting Over the Affair to Achieve a Cheap Divorce

    || 22-Aug-2017

    If your marriage was torn apart by an affair, you have plenty of company. Unfortunately, adultery has become so commonplace that people are almost numb to it. Once a practice committed mostly by men, each year more (and more) women are cheating on their husbands. Many believe this increase has much to do with the fact that women no longer need their husbands for financial support, so they can end ...
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