Sharon Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center

Sharon Pastore is Co-Founder of Main Line Family Law Center, which was established in 2012. She is on a mission to generate awareness, understanding and trust around mediation as a healthier option for separation and divorce well before a client's first consultation. She draws upon over 17 years in nonprofit, education and marketing to enable more spouses to "get to the table" and mediate successfully.
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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

[Checklist] How to File for Divorce in PA - Forms and Filing Mistakes

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


 

Not sure where to begin when it comes to filing for divorce in PA? We'll walk you through the process, step-by-step, and help you avoid typical pitfalls.

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Topics: Divorce in PA, Healthy Legal Options

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 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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Topics: Healthy Legal Options

How to Build a Top-Notch Divorce Support System

Posted by Sharon Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
June 15, 2015 at 3:34 PM

Even though divorce is one of the hardest transitions in life, there is often a sense of unnecessary shame that prevents people from asking for help. But reaching out for support does not mean giving up. There are aspects of divorce that cannot and should not be done all by yourself. Knowing what those are and where to find support for them will create a healthier separation for you and your loved ones.

Here are three steps you can take right now to build a dependable divorce support system.

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Topics: Your Wellbeing

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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Topics: Healthy Legal Options

3 Tips for Achieving a Fair Divorce Settlement Agreement

Posted by Sharon Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
March 10, 2015 at 2:36 PM

Oftentimes couples are advised to work towards achieving a fair settlement agreement. While dividing assets can look fair mathematically and on paper, it may not feel fair for the individual. What does “fair” mean in the eyes of the law? What are the biggest barriers to achieving a fair divorce settlement agreement, and how do you achieve a fair divorce settlement agreement in months instead of years?

 

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Topics: Healthy Legal Options

Dealing with Divorce and Your Adult Child

Posted by Sharon Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
September 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Well-intended parents whose marriage is over sometimes choose to “wait until the children are older” to actually get divorced. They intuit that young adults will suffer less in their adjustment to their parents’ separation than they would have as children. In fact, no such generalization is true, because no two children experience divorce in the same way, regardless of their age.

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Topics: Older and Wiser - Divorce After 50

6 Divorce Trends That May Surprise You

Posted by Sharon Pastore, Main Line Family Law Center
July 16, 2013 at 9:01 PM

When most people get married, they don’t foresee a divorce in their future. Yet, nearly 45% of married couples in the United States will end their marriages through divorce.

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Topics: Divorce Statistics