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  • Money Advice for Divorcing Spouses

    || 8-May-2017

    If you are headed towards divorce, soon, a lot is going to change in your life, especially financially. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mother who will have to re-enter the workforce, or a father who will soon have to pay child support, or an unemployed, childless spouse who will have to go back to school so you can get a decent-paying job, surely, your life a year after the divorce will ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Cope Through Divorce

    || 6-Mar-2017

    If you had a tough marriage, or if it has ended that way, you may be asking yourself, “How am I going to cope through the divorce ?” Even if you have decided that you just can’t take it anymore, that doesn’t mean that the divorce has to be this extremely painful process. Regardless of how you and your spouse feel about each other, we’re almost certain that neither of ...
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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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  • Dividing Debt in a Pennsylvania No-Fault Divorce

    || 23-Jan-2017

    If you and your spouse have agreed on seeking a mutual consent, no-fault divorce, you are setting yourselves up for success and we congratulate you both. When it comes to divorce, ending things amicably is best for all involved. As a bonus, it saves a lot of money! Let’s say you are ready to file your no-fault divorce. You and your spouse may or may not be getting along; however, you have ...
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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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  • Divorcing? Get Your Finances in Line!

    || 13-Dec-2016

    Researchers estimate that 45 to 50% of first marriages end in divorce in the United States. For second and subsequent marriages, the divorce rate is even higher. You may ask, “Why is the divorce rate so high in the United States?” Many experts and divorce attorneys agree that two factors play a key role in the rate of divorce: 1) women are more economically independent than ever ...
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  • What Should I Do With My Wedding Rings?

    || 28-Nov-2016

    When couples file for divorce, soon after the woman thinks, "What should I do with my engagement and wedding rings?" Some women will slip their rings off the moment the papers are filed, while others will wear their wedding band until the divorce is final. Aside from deciding "when" to stop wearing one's wedding ring, what should be done with the rings once they are removed ...
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  • Is Child Support Tax Deductible?

    || 15-Nov-2016

    Let's face it, raising a family is expensive. When children are young, the cost of healthcare, daycare, formula, diapers, and wipes adds up fast. As the children get older, they enroll in activities like the Scouts, soccer, dance, and cheer, karate, or music lessons. Once they hit the sixth grade (or even earlier), they want the latest Nike or Converse shoes and smartphones. It can be hard for ...
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  • Failure to Pay Child Support in Pennsylvania

    || 7-Nov-2016

    At Cairns Law Offices, we are a Pennsylvania divorce law firm that helps people obtain, low-cost, no-fault divorces. By no-fault, we specifically help divorcing couples achieve mutual consent divorces, which means both spouses agree to obtain a divorce, and usually as painlessly as possible. Since we are a divorce law firm, we frequently deal with matters pertaining to child custody and support, ...
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  • Divorcing? Start Preparing Now!

    || 2-Nov-2016

    We all know that breaking up is hard to do, and sometimes, it's not the part about splitting with one's spouse that's difficult, it's severing the financial ties. A lot of people find money difficult. They hate to have to sit down in front of their computer for an hour and pay bills online, or they hate having to write out a dozen checks. It's just not fun. When it comes to ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Child Support

    || 18-Oct-2016

    If you are getting a divorce in Pennsylvania and you have minor children with your spouse, you will need to learn the state's laws regarding child support. In order to help you better understand how the laws relate to you, we are going to explain what you need to know about child support below. If you have any questions that we do not answer here, please feel free to contact our office to ...
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  • Divorcing? Read These Financial Tips!

    || 10-Oct-2016

    Finances can be a sensitive, if not volatile issue for many married couples. Some spouses have a good arrangement where they are both frugal and consult each other before they make any major purchases. Other spouses seem to argue over money constantly, especially when one spouse has a habit of overspending, or hiding purchases from the other spouse, or when underemployment is an issue. Then, you ...
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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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  • Divorce and Your Credit

    || 20-Sep-2016

    When you get separated and divorced, you have new financial responsibilities, whether you are the husband or wife. Suddenly, you have to deal with things like child support, spousal support, and qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs), all of which are new for you. If you fail to separate your accounts or to create a post-divorce budget, it can be difficult to maintain your credit score, rent ...
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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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