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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Protecting Your Credit in Divorce

    || 26-Jun-2017

    When you get a divorce, your financial responsibilities are entered into a court order and they’re legally enforceable. Suddenly, terms like child support, spousal support, and “responsible for half of all uninsured medical costs” take on a whole new meaning. If you fail to pay that child support payment, or if you fail to separate your joint credit card accounts, your auto ...
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  • 4 Ways to Make Divorce Emotionally Easier

    || 12-Jun-2017

    When it comes to divorce, a lot of spouses fall into one of two categories: 1) those who are devastated by the breakup and feel like the entire world has come to an end, and 2) those who are jumping for joy and are relieved that it’s finally over. Regardless if you fit in one of these two categories, or somewhere in between, surely, you’d be open to anything that would make the process ...
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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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  • Money Advice for Divorcing Mothers

    || 29-May-2017

    If you are a mother who is headed toward divorce and you have minor children at home (children under the age of 18), your finances are about to change. We certainly recognize that every couple’s financial situation is unique; however, we do encounter more stay-at-home mothers than stay-at-home fathers. While you may certainly be the breadwinner, if you are a homemaker, or if your husband ...
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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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