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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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  • 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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  • Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce in Pennsylvania

    || 20-Feb-2017

    If you’re a resident of Pennsylvania and you’re headed for divorce, you’re bound to hear certain legal terms thrown around, such as “uncontested divorce,” “ mutual consent divorce,” “no-fault divorce,” and “two-year separation rule.” For the purposes of this post, we’re going to shed light on uncontested divorce and what it ...
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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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  • 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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  • Why You May Want a Prenup

    || 9-Mar-2015

    Although prenuptial agreements are readily associated with the Brad and Angelinas of the world – they are not just for rich celebrities. Essentially, any individual who is bringing any measurable personal or business assets into a marriage could benefit from a prenup. In the most basic sense, a prenuptial agreement provides for a full disclosure of each person's premarital assets, and if ...
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  • Pennsylvania Divorce & Child Custody FAQ's

    || 28-Jul-2014

    Child Custody in an Uncontested or No-Fault Divorce To get specific answers about your own situation, it would be best to take advantage of a free consultation with a Pennsylvania divorce lawyer. In the meantime, here is an overview of some the custody issues involved in a Pennsylvania uncontested divorce. How is child custody determined? If the matter is before a judge, there are a great deal of ...
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  • Military Divorce vs. Civilian Divorce in Pennsylvania

    || 22-Jul-2014

    As complex as any Pennsylvania divorce is, matters can become even more difficult in a divorce where military laws factor in as well. For instance, when it comes to child support and alimony, determining amounts, modifying the support agreement, and enforcing these court orders, it can be complicated to say the least. When at least one parent is on active duty military duty, creating a child ...
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  • CNBC has recently published an article that explored the benefits of ending a marriage through collaborative divorce rather than through litigation. Not only does collaborative divorce tend to save spouses a great deal of money, but it also tends to leave them less stressed and more capable of jumping back on track with their lives after the divorce is finalized, according to the article. In the ...
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  • The New York Daily News recently and the Huffington Post reported that former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will be paying his ex-wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, $7.5 million (after taxes) as part of their divorce settlement. There are also many other provisions included in the settlement, which include the following: Their family's Fifth Avenue home Payment of her living expenses $240,000 per ...
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  • Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng Reach a Settlement

    || 21-Nov-2013

    Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox, has recently been focusing his attention on his divorce from Wendi Deng. Wendi was Rupert's third wife and the couple had been married for 14 years. The couple met when Wendi, recently graduated from Yale School of Management, took a position as the vice-president of STAR TV. After connecting at a company party they were married ...
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  • Michael Moore Files For Divorce

    || 13-Aug-2013

    The general public is normally taken by surprise when the long marriage of a celebrity comes to an end. Michael Moore, the champion of the common guy, has filed for divorce from his wife, Kathleen Glynn. After twenty one years of marriage, the couple find themselves dissolving their union. Fifty-nine year old Moore filed a divorce complaint in Antrim, Michigan. The grounds were due to the ...
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  • 10 Tips to Get You Through Uncontested Divorce

    || 29-Jul-2013

    As you are coming to terms with the fact that your marriage is ending, there are items which you may neglect. I have put together a tip sheet to help you navigate a little more comfortably through your uncontested divorce. Be moderate in your behavior. This is not the time to take your life savings and blow it on a trip to Vegas. Get through your uncontested divorce and develop a life-long plan. A ...
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  • Divorce Fairy to the Financial Rescue

    || 7-Jul-2013

    Cairns Law Offices has developed "The Divorce Wizard" to help couples get their Pennsylvania uncontested, no fault, simple divorce in a cheap, fast, and easy manner. But what about a "Fairy god-mother of divorces"? Cinderella needed the help of a fairy god-mother to get her prince. Now, modern women are finding the help of a different kind of fairy god-mother when they realize ...
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  • Vladamir Putin Divorces Lyudmila

    || 4-Jun-2013

    Uncontested divorce affects all levels of society and most recently another world leader joins the ranks of a failed marriage by getting a divorce. The almost thirty year marriage of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and his wife Lyudmila has come to an end – validating rumors of their marital split. Both parties claim to want an amicable divorce and that they will remain close. ...
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  • Body Language During Marital Settlement Agreements

    || 23-May-2013

    During your marital settlement agreement negotiations, you may be saying one thing, but your body language may be saying something else. Being aware of your body language and the signals it is sending during an uncontested divorce can help you get to your goals faster. You don't want to be sending mixed signals and steal power from your words. Start with your face. Are you smiling when you ...
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  • What To Wear When Negotiating Your Marital Settlement Agreement

    || 20-May-2013

    Our first inclination in communicating during an uncontested divorce is to use our verbal skills. You will find heaps of information on how to talk to your spouse, how to talk to your teenager and even how to talk with older parents who are divorcing. One critical area of communication when negotiating a marital settlement agreement which is often overlooked is visual communication. Environmental ...
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  • Throw A Tantrum During Uncontested Divorce

    || 17-May-2013

    Anger is a natural emotion during an uncontested divorce, and at times it can seem like you're just going to blow your lid. Now there is a new style of anger management available for those times when you just need to blow off some steam. The Tantrum Club offers a unique way to release some of that pent-up anger. Too often we receive the cultural message that it's not polite to show your ...
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  • Dealing with an angry spouse during an uncontested divorce can be challenging, but trying to deal with a spouse who is demonstrating passive-aggressive behavior can be downright tiresome. An angry spouse generally lets you know what is upsetting him or her and matters tend to be more overt. Yet, with someone who is being passive-aggressive, there can be confusion about what is the root of the ...
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  • Sell Items You Don't Want After Uncontested Divorce

    || 23-Mar-2013

    After signing your marital settlement agreement and taking inventory of what property you have left from your marriage, you may realize there are some items you really don't want. Annabel Acton, founder of Never Liked It Anyway, has developed a clever way to getting rid of the old and getting on with the new. Her intention when she started up her company was to give people a place to leave ...
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  • 3 Obstacles When Negotiating During Uncontested Divorce

    || 21-Mar-2013

    When facing an uncontested divorce, at some point you will may negotiate a marital settlement agreement with your spouse. Negotiating can seem intimidating, especially if you feel you don't have much experience. Learning about some potential obstacles is a great way to be prepared for when you meet with your spouse to discuss terms. You may not realize it, but you already have negotiating ...
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  • How to Start to Repair Credit and Uncontested Divorce

    || 19-Mar-2013

    After an uncontested divorce you may find yourself in need of credit repair. Having poor credit can affect several areas of your life. A negative credit report can affect your prospects from employment to obtaining a bank loan. Reasons for repairing your credit can include getting a lower rate on your car insurance to not having to pay a deposit for your utilities. If you are looking to repair ...
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  • Should I Accept A Lump Sum Alimony Payment?

    || 16-Mar-2013

    A lump sum alimony payment, also known as alimony in gross, can be negotiated in a marital settlement agreement during an uncontested divorce. Lump sum payments are an alternative to the well-known scheduled periodic alimony payments, for example monthly alimony payments. Each divorce case is unique, and a lump sum payment is not necessarily better or worse. It depends on the situation. If you ...
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  • 6 Tips for Parental Plans and Uncontested Divorce

    || 14-Mar-2013

    In our three part series on creating a parenting plan, I have thus car covered parts one and two: what is a parenting plan and how to start a parenting plan and now I have some suggestions for what you may want to include in your parenting plan. Keep in mind that each parenting situation is unique and the suggestions below serve as a guide only. If you feel you need additional help you may want to ...
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  • 7 Guidelines for Divorcing Parents

    || 12-Mar-2013

    As you are working through your parenting plan and finalizing the details on your Pennsylvania uncontested divorce, you may want to incorporate some parental guidelines. Conflict between parents can be confusing for children. With a set of parenting guidelines for you and your co-parent follow, you can help protect your child from potential parental conflicts. One of the most important factors is ...
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