What Divorce Mediation Costs and Creative Ways to Pay for It

Posted by Sharon Pastore
November 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Maybe you are planning a divorce and have done some research on costs.  Then you might already know that hiring lawyers to represent of you separately can cost $10,000 each, depending on your situation and the firm you choose.  That's just the retainer - before they do any work for you. 

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How to Hire the Best Divorce Mediator [Guide + Checklist]

Posted by Sharon Pastore
October 17, 2017 at 12:39 PM

 

Hiring a divorce mediator is likely something that neither you nor you spouse have ever had to do. Yet this decision may be one of the largest (and most stressful) you will ever make as a couple.  That's why it's important to take the time to consider the factors and qualities of a divorce mediator that are most important to each of you. 

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How to Tell if You Need a Marital Settlement Agreement for Divorce or Legal Separation

Posted by Greg Gilston
August 2, 2017 at 1:33 PM

Ok. So you’re getting a divorce. You and your spouse have agreed that the marriage is no longer working. You’ve grown apart and your relationship has changed. You will both go your separate ways and continue on with life. So it’s settled then, right? Well, not quite. It’s not always that simple, as most of us know either through experience or hearsay.

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Topics: Healthy Legal Options, Divorce in PA, Do it Yourself Divorce

[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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Topics: Divorce in PA, Healthy Legal Options

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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Topics: Divorce in PA, Healthy Legal Options

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 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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