4 of Our Best Financial Tips When Preparing for Divorce

Posted by Casey Semenza
February 8, 2017 at 1:20 PM

During marriage, it’s normal to split up responsibilities and duties of the household.  Usually, one spouse handles the paying of bills, credit cards and bank accounts.  I know in my own household growing up, my mother handled the finances because she was more financially conscious and stuck to a tight budget.  

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Topics: Getting In Financial Shape

My Reflections on the First Make Divorce Healthier Supposium

Posted by Sharon Pastore
November 17, 2016 at 3:17 PM

I’m still reeling from of our first Make Divorce Healthier Supposium (spelled correctly), a gathering of over 130 divorce professionals who, by showing up, committed to making divorce kinder, more mindful and more affordable.

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Topics: healthy divorce, Fresh Starts and Lessons Learned

Finding a Fresh Start After Divorce

Posted by Tara Eisenhard
October 21, 2016 at 11:42 AM

 I was miserable in my marriage. I cringed when my husband touched me. I dreaded the hours we shared in our home. I spent a lot of time sleeping, preferring to shut my eyes to the reality of my life.


I knew it wasn’t supposed be that way. I tried to alter my emotional state by focusing on material comforts and reminding myself how happy they should make me. I think we both did that. But even as the money flowed in, joy failed to follow. Each of us was stuck in a life we didn’t want, and we each resented the other for our situation.

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Topics: Fresh Starts and Lessons Learned

[Story] Why I Wouldn't Dare File for Divorce All By Myself

Posted by Francesca Riggione
September 12, 2016 at 2:09 PM

This summer I spent interning with Main Line Family Law Center, a firm that specializes in mediation and divorce without court services in the Philadephia region.  Yesterday, I dedicated part of my afternoon to go "undercover" - investigating the elusive Divorce Kit that the local courthouse in Montgomery County, PA offers to spouses who wish to file for divorce by themselves (or "pro se" is the fancy legal term.)

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Topics: do it yourself divorce, Fresh Starts and Lessons Learned

Do-It-Yourself Divorce: How to File a Quit Claim Deed

Posted by Sharon Pastore
August 3, 2016 at 7:00 AM


Are you trying to handle your divorce yourself or without lawyers?  Maybe you want your spouse have agreed how to split the marital property (i.e. house, car) and you simply need his or her name off the deed.  Here's a simple tip that can save you time and expense.


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Topics: do it yourself divorce

How to (Kindly) Move toward Divorce When a Spouse is Reluctant

Posted by Sharon Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
June 10, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Divorce often arises from persistent disagreement and fundamental differences in perspective between spouses.  Usually one spouse arrives at the conclusion to divorce, strongly in favor while the other experiences some reluctance.  In many states, the divorce process itself can put additional stress on the situation. 

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Topics: Fresh Starts and Lessons Learned

5 Money Pitfalls of a Do-It-Yourself-Divorce

Posted by Cris Pastore, Esq.
May 6, 2016 at 6:30 AM


Everything these days is becoming do-it-yourself, and the divorce process is no exception. When a well-intentioned divorcing couple calls our office or comes to a consultation, I am often amazed at how well-informed they already are about the divorce process. With so much information available online, the right couple for a collaborative, uncontested out-of-court divorce can really have a leg up if they wish to finalize their own divorce without any professional guidance or advice. However, a little learning can be a dangerous thing for some couples. You can become so overfocused on the general information you read, that you can miss the forest for the trees.

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Topics: Healthy Legal Options

How Discernment Counseling Helps Couples on the Brink of Divorce

Posted by Linda Hershman
April 7, 2016 at 1:54 PM

Sarah* discovered her husband Jon's emotional affair with a coworker in typical digital age fashion: via a text message that popped up on his phone, which he had left open on his night stand. This was the second time in their 14 year marriage that Jon had strayed. He had a brief affair six years ago, shortly after the birth of their second child. The couple worked long and hard in therapy to rebuild the relationship. Now Jon begged her for one more chance, but Sarah was done…until she thought about her two young children and wondered whether she could summon the energy to try once more.

If you are reading this article, chances are your marriage is

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Topics: Your Wellbeing, Fresh Starts and Lessons Learned