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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[Checklist] Forms Needed to File for Divorce in PA

Posted by Sharon Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
March 21, 2016 at 3:22 PM


Spouses with no marital property to divide, alimony or immediate custody issues to resolve, can file what is called a simple divorce. The following information and series of forms to file applies to counties in PA, including Montgomery County.  Filing for divorce in Montgomery County tends to be simpler than filing elsewhere, and one does not need to be a county resident in order to file for divorce in this county.  

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3 Biggest Mistakes When Filing for Divorce in PA

Posted by Sharon Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
February 3, 2016 at 12:54 PM

 

The Do-It-Yourself Divorce in PA

Everything these days is becoming more do-it-yourself - even divorce.  But how simple is it really to file your own paperwork? Let's take a look at how to file for divorce in PA.  Here are 3 biggest mistakes most people make when filing as a "pro se" in PA. This assumes that you have a simple divorce - no marital property to divide and no issues to work out around custody or other children's issues.

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Answers to Top 4 Legal Questions about Moving Out and Separation in PA

Posted by Sharon Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
November 19, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Living together after you’ve decided to divorce or separate is extremely difficult, regardless of how you got there. It’s no wonder this tense, uncomfortable living situation often pushes divorcing couples to make rash decisions about moving out before fully considering the consequences.

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How to Use PA Divorce Law to Mediate a Fair Divorce Settlement

Posted by Cris Pastore, Esq. Main Line Family Law Center
October 16, 2015 at 7:00 AM

As with all other aspects of their divorce, couples in mediation are empowered to decide together the fairest way to divide their estate, rather than having judges, attorneys and the divorce court decide for them. This is the essence of mediation.

 

When it comes to dividing marital property, I always inform couples at the start of their mediation, equitable distribution does not always mean 50/50. Equitable distribution represents what is adequate and realistic for each party, based on their budgeted financial needs, future financial plans, earning capacities and so on. Once we work together to analyze the respective finances and future needs of each, it becomes more clear to the couple how the estate should be most fairly divided on a percentage basis.  

 

Let's take a closer look at how we work together in mediation to divide property fairly:

 

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What to Expect at a Consultation with Main Line Family Law Center 

Posted by Sharon Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
September 18, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Now that you and your spouse have requested a free consultation with Main Line Family Law Center, you may be feeling a bit unsure about what to expect.

 

 

Maybe you've already decided to move forward and just need to know how to get started. Or, you're still not sure and need further education on all your rights and options before taking that next crucial step. You may not be on the same page about the future of your marriage and each want different things. We adapt our approach to all these different situations.

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How to Know You Have a Healthy Mindset for Divorce Mediation

Posted by Lenore Myers, Esq.
April 30, 2015 at 10:14 AM

You and your spouse recognize that divorce mediation will empower you to make the most informed decisions in your own best interest and that of your family. You are preparing for your first mediation session, but are you in the best mindset to mediate successfully and negotiate for yourself and your family?

Unfortunately, I’ve seen some spouses come to mediation making a false assumption.  They think the process is a time to present “evidence” for themselves and against their spouse- the opponent- all in an effort to convince me, the mediator, to rebalance their scales.  Sounds like a court case. 

 

This mindset is majorly flawed and useless, because I am not a judge.  I am a divorce mediator. As a mediator,  I don’t take sides.  I try to facilitate spouses coming to a compromise that is a fair resolution for everyone.

You can’t show up believing this is a win-lose situation.

 

So how do you know if you have a healthy mindset for divorce mediation?

Before spouses begin mediation with us, for example, they must agree to embrace what our firm calls a “mediation mindset.”  

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2 Basic Questions to Ask When Using Mediation for Divorce

Posted by Sharon Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
March 30, 2015 at 11:31 AM

Divorce is commonly portrayed in the media as a long drawn out court battle, requiring a lot of time and money to resolve. While it may seem like the only option if you and your spouse disagree on big things like finances and what’s best for the children, there are alternatives. One of the most popular divorce options is mediation.

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