How I Adjusted to the 'New Normal' of Divorce

Posted by Shannon McGorry
November 14, 2018 at 10:33 AM

(despite the fact that the words "new normal" might make your skin crawl)
During the onset of my divorce I remember when my therapist said to me:

“You will need to adjust to this, because this is your new normal." I thought I was going to be physically ill. I despised that sentence; every word of it but particularly “NEW NORMAL”…

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Topics: Fresh Starts and Lessons Learned, Your Wellbeing

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Ok, I admit it. I was a total chicken when I left my 27-year marriage to find my own way, I had gotten married right from my parents’ house in my 20’s, and never even had my own apartment! There I was, all alone, left to deal with strange sounds at midnight, eating by myself, and having no one to share my thoughts.

 

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Topics: Fresh Starts and Lessons Learned

Home May Not Always Be Where the Heart Is - At Least Temporarily

Posted by Diane Miller
May 10, 2018 at 11:35 AM

You might not think of me as someone people turn to for divorce advice, but you’d be surprised what I hear as a resident representative for AVE communities.

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Topics: Fresh Starts and Lessons Learned

Confessions of a Divorce Marketer

Posted by Sharon Pastore
January 11, 2018 at 10:36 AM


As co-founder and director of marketing and client experience for Main Line Family Law Center, I have the unique and wonderful job of nurturing potential clients toward peaceful resolution of their divorce through private mediation and divorce without court. I also have the pleasure of meeting with former clients to learn from them about their experience and how we can improve.

 

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Topics: Divorce Statistics, Fresh Starts and Lessons Learned

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: 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: Fresh Starts and Lessons Learned, 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