Cris Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center

Cris Pastore, Esq. is co-founder and managing attorney-mediator at Main Line Family Law Center, a divorce mediation firm with seven offices along the Main Line and Center City, Philadelphia. A practicing attorney for over 20 years, Cris has focused exclusively on divorce mediation since 2007, when he grew increasingly frustrated by destructive nature of the court-contested divorce process. Cris has made it his personal mission to revolutionize this area of practice to preserve family relationships and help families emerge healthy and whole. Follow Cris at @healthy_divorce.
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Will Gay Divorce Really Be Treated like Heterosexual Divorce? A Mediator’s Perspective

Posted by Cris Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
July 15, 2015 at 12:48 PM

A Key and Long Overdue Victory for Gay Marriage


In a landmark 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court, gay marriage is now legal as the law of the land in the United States. It took a while to get there, with much struggle, commitment and sacrifice by its proponents, but now all same sex couples across the land may now freely marry one another and enjoy the same legal benefits, privileges and protections that married heterosexual couples enjoy. I greatly respect and admire all of those championing efforts that took place to achieve this outcome. It’s about time that justice has been done--not often can we can say that these days when matters end up in court. I applaud the Supreme Court for standing up for what is right.

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Topics: Healthy Legal Options

6 Tax Issues You Must Discuss for a Fair Divorce Settlement

Posted by Cris Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
April 16, 2015 at 9:30 AM

I am always surprised at the number of times that I see divorce settlements, even those written by legal professionals, which fail to contain any tax provisions. Despite this lack of attention, tax issues can often have the greatest impact on the settlement. Divorcing couples need to look at the tax consequences of their settlement from a broader perspective to understand its long-term effect on the family's financial future.


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Topics: Getting In Financial Shape

10 Tips for Choosing the Right Divorce Mediator

Posted by Cris Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
November 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Perhaps you've come to the realization that divorce mediation is the way to go for you and your spouse, but how do you choose a divorce mediator? After all, not all divorce mediators are created equal.

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Wait! Before you File for Divorce in PA

Posted by Cris Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
October 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

WAIT!! Before you call your attorney to file your divorce papers.....

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PA Divorce Advice: 6 Ways to Tell if Your Estate Needs an Update

Posted by Cris Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
September 24, 2012 at 9:50 PM

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Topics: Getting In Financial Shape

Divorce Mediation in PA: How to Approach Your Mediation

Posted by Cris Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
September 23, 2012 at 8:35 PM

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Healthy Divorce: How to Avoid a Nasty Divorce

Posted by Cris Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
August 16, 2012 at 9:05 PM

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Topics: Fresh Starts and Lessons Learned

Divorce Mediation PA: Integrative Family Law as Wave of the Future

Posted by Cris Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
August 6, 2012 at 4:15 PM

According to attorney J. Kim Wright, we are in the midst of a revolution of rapidly changing times. Living in the new global world has changed our approach to everything from work, family, finances and our physical and emotional health and well-being. In these times, she poses that we need to re-think how we have traditionally solved the problems and challenges that life deals us on a daily basis.

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Topics: Healthy Legal Options