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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Topics: Healthy Legal Options

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

[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

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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Topics: 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

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

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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Topics: Healthy Legal Options