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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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  • 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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  • PA Child Support Laws Beyond 18

    || 3-Apr-2017

    “Does child support end when a child turns 18 and heads off to college in Pennsylvania?” Unless there is a written agreement stating otherwise, or the child is physically or mentally disabled, a parent’s requirement to pay child support terminates when their son or daughter turns 18, or graduates high school, whichever happens later. “But, what if my child is in college, am ...
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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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  • Child Support in Pennsylvania

    || 13-Feb-2017

    If you’re getting a divorce in Pennsylvania and you have minor children with your spouse, you’re going to want to learn about child support. When a parent pays child support, he or she makes monthly payments to the other parent to cover the costs of raising ther children. A paying parent cannot insist that the receiving parent specifically spends the money on the children’s ...
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  • Why Do People Divorce?

    || 6-Feb-2017

    Why do you think people get divorced? If you’re like a lot of people, your immediate answers will probably have to do with infidelity (cheating), money problems, and emotional issues – of course these are all valid contributors to divorce in the United States. If you ask any young engaged couple who long they think their marriage will last, they’ll probably say, “Until we ...
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  • How to Have a Positive Divorce

    || 31-Jan-2017

    Let’s face it, life’s transitions can be hard, no matter how simple they really are. If we’re smart, we plan in advance for the biggest transitions. When we’re in high school, for example, we strive for As so we can score well on our SATs and so we can get into the college of our choice. When our first-born is ready for daycare or preschool, we carefully research the ...
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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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  • Can I Control Property Division in My PA Divorce?

    || 16-Jan-2017

    If you are headed for divorce and the laws and the whole process are new to you, there’s a good chance that you’re wondering if you can have any control over how your assets and debts are divided. Can you decide on a settlement? Or, is it all up to the judge? It can go either way – you and your spouse can decide on a fair settlement or a judge can decide for you; it all depends ...
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  • Is a Cheap Divorce Too Good to Be True?

    || 9-Jan-2017

    For tens of thousands of couples, the “cost” of divorce keeps them from ending an empty, unsatisfying, or otherwise hollow marriage. They’ve heard of divorces costing spouses $3,000 to $5,000 each, if not more, and they’re afraid they can’t afford to end their unhappy marriage so they decide to “grin and bear it, sometimes for years on end. If you live in ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • No Consent Divorce & the One-Year Separation Rule

    || 5-Dec-2016

    Before you can divorce in Pennsylvania, you must meet certain requirements. First, you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months. If you file for a mutual consent divorce in Pennsylvania, then the court may grant the divorce 90 days after the service of the complaint on the other spouse, and after you both file the Affidavits of Consent. What if one of the spouses ...
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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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  • 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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  • How Adultery Affects Alimony in Pennsylvania Divorces

    || 21-Nov-2016

    The fact that adultery affects thousands of marriages in the United States each year is nothing new. For most couples coping with adultery, the marriages do not survive. If your marriage has unraveled because one of you had a fling or a full-blown affair, you may be wondering if the affair would affect the innocent spouse's legal rights to alimony in the event of divorce. Every state handles ...
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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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