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Frequently Asked Questions

Most people have questions when filing for a no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania. You want to know that you and your family will receive professional, knowledgeable service, and you may be unsure how your specific circumstances will affect the divorce proceedings. The Cairns Law Offices have provided premium divorce services since 1995, and we can use our extensive experience to answer any questions you may have.

Can I file for legal separation?
In Pennsylvania, you cannot file for a legal separation. State law only recognizes divorce, not legal separation.

If I file online, will I still receive a standard divorce?
Absolutely! Your information is submitted online rather than filled out in person, but you will still be represented by a capable attorney. The only difference is that you will have saved money and many trips to a law office or courthouse.

Do you ever represent both spouses?
No, our firm can only represent one spouse. We will prepare the divorce paperwork and any settlement agreements, if you should choose that service. These documents will be ready to be presented to your spouse, but we do not represent both spouses under any circumstances.

How long does it take for my information to be processed?
Your initial documents will be prepared by an attorney and emailed to you within one day, and most cases are filed the same week that the payment is made. We employ a one-day processing method, which means that each step of your divorce is processed very fast. Read more about the Cairns Method on how to get a quick and affordable divorce by clicking on the words Cairns Method.

Is it necessary to go to court or attend hearings?

The answer is no if you are having an uncontested divorce and meet the residency requirements. To learn more details click on the words court and hearing appearances.

Can you represent me if I have children?
We provide legal representation to those who have already come to an agreement with their spouses regarding the custody of their children. We can also prepare a child custody agreement for you and your spouse. We do not offer legal representation in family court hearings regarding children or custody battles.

What if my information is filled out incorrectly?
Our team works behind the scenes to verify that all of your documents are completed fully and properly, so you do not need to worry about missing a step. If you receive one of our prepared documents and realize you made a mistake when you filled out your information, simply let us know and we will correct it for no additional charge.

Can I change my name?

Yes. We can help you get your maiden name or previous name reinstated.

For further details, visit our legal blog.

What to Ask Before Getting a Military Divorce?

Military divorces are different from civilian divorces. Make sure you ask 5 important questions before hiring an attorney. Click on the words 5 military questions for more information.

Is it possible to get an uncontested divorce if my spouse is in jail or prison?

Yes. The residential address for your spouse is the address of the jail or the prison where she or he is located. In addition, you will not be charged an additional fee for the divorce. For more information on an incarcerated divorce, visit our legal blog.

Is an annulment possible?

The Cairns Law Offices does not handle annulments.

Annulments are infrequent. To learn more click on the word annulment.

Do Not Hesitate to Contact Our Team!

If you have other questions or would like more information, please contact our firm by phone or email at your earliest convenience. We offer a free legal consultation and flexible hours so that you can speak to us at a time that is right for you. We want to help you obtain the easiest and most affordable divorce possible; don't wait another moment to get started!

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