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  • Should I Go Back to My Maiden Name After Divorce?

    || 15-Apr-2019

    Should you go back to your maiden name after your divorce ? What is the “right” thing to do? Really, it’s up to you. Regardless if someone decides to keep their maiden name or keep their married name, they always have their own reasons for doing so. Let’s take a look at some of the common reasons people choose to go back to their maiden name, and keep their married name. ...
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  • Will Cheating Ruin My No-Fault Divorce?

    || 10-Dec-2018

    Did your spouse cheat on you? Or, are you the one who cheated? Either way, you may be wondering if you can still seek a no-fault divorce despite the fact that one of you did something wrong and hurt the other. In Pennsylvania, spouses can seek a fault or a no-fault divorce. While people certainly can seek a fault-based divorce on the ground of adultery, it’s actually a lot less popular. For ...
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  • Can Mental Illness Impact a PA Divorce?

    || 23-Oct-2018

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 19.1% of adults in the United States had an anxiety disorder in the previous year and an “estimated 3.1% of U.S. adults experience any anxiety disorder at some time in their lives.” In light of the above findings, it’s not uncommon for unhappy couples on the brink of divorce to have a mental health issue ...
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  • Does Pennsylvania Have Legal Separation?

    || 16-Jul-2018

    Some states, such as California allow married couples to get legally separated as an alternative to divorce. In California for example, a married couple can get legally separated to give themselves time to see if they want a divorce, or if they don’t believe in divorce, they can get legally separated instead and remain that way indefinitely. In the meantime, the California family courts can ...
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  • Can I Date My Spouse During Our Divorce?

    || 9-Jul-2018

    When people think of divorcing couples, they almost assume that the husband and wife can’t stand to be in the same room together. They imagine that they can’t wait to physically separate and move on with their lives. But, is that really the case? Not always, and if you’re reading this, you may be able to relate to what we’re about to say. Some divorcing couples are still ...
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  • One-Year Waiting Period for Pennsylvania Divorce

    || 25-Jun-2018

    Are you considering filing for a no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania? If so, you’ll need to file a divorce complaint in the court, which will be served against your husband or wife. However, before you can file the divorce complaint, you must be living separate and apart from your spouse for one year before you can file for divorce. Prior to December 5, 2016, spouses in Pennsylvania had to be ...
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  • Why is the Date of Separation Important?

    || 18-Jun-2018

    If you are planning on getting a divorce in Pennsylvania, the date of separation will be important for more reasons than one. The date of separation is not black and white and it is NOT the same for every couple. Sometimes, it’s easy to determine; for example, it’s the day the husband moved out of the house, but it’s not always that simple. For instance, a husband could have ...
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  • Preparing for Your Divorce

    || 26-Mar-2018

    Let’s face it – divorce is not easy. It’s emotionally stressful, and it involves the division of assets and debts. A lot of us hate paperwork and in a divorce, that’s half the battle. If you’re on the brink of divorce, we have good news for you. The more prepared you are, the easier the process will be. As someone headed towards divorce, it’s important that you ...
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  • Can You Legally Snoop on Your Spouse?

    || 19-Mar-2018

    Unfortunately, quite a few marriages fall apart because of adultery. Whether it’s a one night stand or a full-blown affair, the effects are often the same. Once the innocent spouse learns about the cheating, they subsequently pull the plug on the marriage. While some cheating spouses sit down with their husband or wife and admit the affair, that’s rare. More often than not, the ...
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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 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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  • Pennsylvania law recently changed to allow for faster divorces. The new law can be a bit confusing, so HERE'S THE EASY WAY TO KNOW HOW LONG YOUR PA DIVORCE WILL TAKE: IF... you have been separated 1 year or MORE -- and -- your date of separation occurred ON or AFTER 12/05/16, then you qualify for a Section 3301(d) divorce. IF... you have been separated 2 years or MORE then you also qualify for ...
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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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  • Marital Property in Pennsylvania

    || 25-Sep-2017

    If you are on the brink of divorce in Pennsylvania, you may be wondering, “What counts as marital property? What property is subject to division?” Under the Divorce Code, all property acquired during the course of the marriage, with a few exceptions, such as property owned before the marriage, is marital property, regardless of who earned the money or whose name is on the title. ...
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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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  • Post-Divorce Advice for Single Moms

    || 27-Jul-2017

    If you’re about to file for divorce or are already in the process, you are aware of the fact that virtually every aspect of your life is about to change – and it’s happening fast. When you become a single mom in the near future, you may be going back to school or work, or adjusting to supporting yourself and your children. Surely, you’re going to be confronted with new ...
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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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  • About Divorce & Bankruptcy

    || 10-Jul-2017

    A lot of divorcées will readily admit that financial problems contributed to their divorce. After all, crushing debt and extended periods of unemployment can place a great deal of strain on a marriage. If you are getting a divorce and contemplating bankruptcy, you’ll need to get all of the facts before you take action. When it comes to bankruptcy and divorce, timing is everything. ...
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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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  • Adultery & a Pennsylvania No-Fault Divorce

    || 17-Apr-2017

    Some states, such as California and Nevada are called “no-fault” divorce states, meaning, people can’t get fault-based divorces in no-fault divorce states. Pennsylvania on the other hand, allows spouses to seek no-fault divorces and fault-based divorces. For the resident of Pennsylvania whose spouse cheated on them, this can get a little confusing. Suppose you’re married ...
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  • Requirements for an Uncontested Divorce

    || 20-Mar-2017

    Are you and your spouse unhappy? If you both want a quick, affordable, uncontested divorce in Pennsylvania, Cairns Law Offices is here to help. With our low-cost divorce services, it is possible to achieve a quick divorce for just $219 – with no hidden fees. If a quick, cheap divorce sounds good to you, you may be wondering, “What do I have to do to qualify?” In order for you to ...
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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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  • Paying Off Debt Before Divorce

    || 27-Feb-2017

    If you’re contemplating divorce, you know that one of the most difficult parts is dividing debt. Suppose your spouse agrees to pay off certain debts and they fail to repay one or more debts after the divorce is final – this can present a big problem. Even if a spouse has specific debt obligations spelled out in the divorce decree, that doesn’t mean that the other spouse is ...
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