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Recent Posts in Divorce Procedure Category

  • 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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  • Residency Requirement for Divorce in Pennsylvania

    || 3-Jan-2017

    In most parts of the United States, people cannot move to a new state and file for divorce shortly afterwards. Instead, most states require that people meet what is called the “residency requirement” before they can file for divorce. Does Pennsylvania have a residency requirement? Yes, like most other states it does. In order to file for divorce in Pennsylvania, either you or your ...
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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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  • Do I Really Need a Settlement Agreement?

    || 20-Dec-2016

    Instead of handling contested or litigated divorces, our firm focuses on helping spouses who are seeking an uncontested, no-fault divorce. While we may be the home of the cheap, “quickie” divorce, there’s nothing second rate about our services. While we’re big advocates of a fast, no-fault, mutual consent divorce, we do not promote that our clients obtain a divorce without ...
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  • Why Do I Need a Divorce Attorney?

    || 8-Dec-2016

    In the Pennsylvania legal system, people have the right to represent themselves in criminal and civil cases, but that does not mean they should. You've probably heard about criminal defendants firing their public defenders or private criminal defense attorneys and representing themselves, and as we all know, that never ends well. Is divorce any different? From a legal standpoint you are ...
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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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  • Can Parents Decide on Child Custody?

    || 5-Oct-2016

    If you are headed for divorce, you probably have a lot of questions, especially if you have children. Surely, you've heard your share of divorce horror stories over the years from friends, family and co-workers, so naturally, these tales may have you concerned about your own divorce. If you have minor children with your spouse, one of your biggest concerns is probably child custody. Will the ...
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  • Restoring My Maiden Name After Divorce

    || 26-Sep-2016

    When a woman marries, she traditionally takes on her husband's last name as her own. However, when a marriage ends in divorce, the wife has the option of keeping her husband's last name or returning to her maiden name. Whether or not a woman goes back to her maiden name is a personal choice; there is no "right or wrong" way to approach the matter. As a Pennsylvania divorce law ...
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  • Advantages of a Marital Settlement Agreement

    || 12-Sep-2016

    In Pennsylvania, divorcing couples can get divorced the easy way or they can get divorced the "hard way." By the hard way, we're talking about the two-year separation divorce where one of the spouses refuses to consent to the divorce. In these situations, one spouse wants a divorce and the other spouse won't have it. In effect, the stalling spouse is simply stretching out or ...
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  • FAQs About Alimony in Pennsylvania

    || 7-Sep-2016

    If you are heading for divorce, you will certainly have a lot of questions. Questions about alimony, property and debt division, child custody and support (where applicable), and how long it takes to get a divorce finalized in Pennsylvania to list a few. For the purposes of this post, we're going to discuss frequently asked questions about alimony, also known as spousal support. If you have ...
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  • Pennsylvania Divorce Made Easy

    || 30-Aug-2016

    If you are contemplating divorce, the fear of a complex divorce may have you second-guessing yourself. Or, perhaps the fear of being separated for two long years before you are single again seems like too much to bear – that's entirely understandable! If you've heard all the divorce horror stories, please know that divorce doesn't have to be messy. In fact, there is a much better ...
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  • Am I Responsible for My Spouse's Debts?

    || 17-Aug-2016

    One of the reasons why people put off divorce is because they're afraid that it's going to get complicated, and that is an understandable fear. When you factor in a couple's assets, children, and debts, there is a lot of sorting out that has to be done. Some couples decide to stay in an unhappy marriage because they feel overwhelmed at the prospect of severing their financial ties. ...
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  • Pennsylvania Divorce Law Overview

    || 26-Jul-2016

    For residents of Pennsylvania who are headed for divorce, to get the divorce started, one or both of the spouses must have been residents of Pennsylvania for at least six months. If you are the spouse asking for the divorce, you are considered the plaintiff. You would file a complaint that explains to the court your reasons for divorcing your spouse, who is called the "defendant." Your ...
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  • Dividing Retirement Assets in Divorce

    || 11-Jul-2016

    When couples divorce, they must decide what to do with the marital residence, they must decide on child custody and visitation, and how to divide their marital assets. Often, IRAs and 401(k)s come to play, and it's important that these assets are divided carefully and intelligently in order to avoid unnecessary taxes and penalties. The biggest issue with mishandling a retirement account is ...
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  • Marital Settlement Agreements in Pennsylvania

    || 20-Jun-2016

    If you are a resident of Pennsylvania and are headed for divorce, you and your spouse have the option of deciding how to divide your assets and property without court intervention. However, if you cannot reach such an agreement, your case will end up in court and a judge will decide for you according to Pennsylvania's laws of equitable division – this method is less than cost-effective. ...
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  • We Both Want a Divorce, What's Next?

    || 6-Jun-2016

    You and your spouse decided that after a long, hard look at your relationship, it's best that you go your separate ways. You may not agree on much else, but you both agree that it's time to get a divorce. So, what do you do next? In Pennsylvania, divorce actions are the same as any other lawsuit. In order to get the divorce started, one of you will have to file a complaint with the court ...
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  • Starting a Divorce in Pennsylvania

    || 15-Feb-2016

    Are you considering filing for divorce in Pennsylvania? If so, do you know what needs to be done in order for the process to get started? If you will be the one to initiate the divorce, you will be called the "plaintiff" and your spouse the "defendant." To begin, a legal document called a Complaint of Divorce will need to be filed at your local courthouse. The complaint will ...
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  • Two Years is Too Long for Pennsylvania Divorce

    || 14-Dec-2015

    Reinforcing the stability of marriage while minimizing the impact of divorce should be the ultimate goal of divorce law in Pennsylvania. That was the intention of the state's lawmakers, but sadly, that was not the result. Under current state law, divorcing couples must wait a mandatory two-year waiting period to obtain a no-fault divorce. Instead of giving couples the time to "think it ...
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