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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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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Why You Owe It to Your Children to Try Divorce Mediation

Posted by Lenore Myers, Esq.
January 14, 2015 at 6:30 AM

Having practiced family law in PA for almost 28 years, in addition to serving as a PA child custody conciliator and working with families in private mediation, I have looked at the issues concerning child custody from all angles. Here are some keys points to consider before moving forward.

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Topics: The Mindful Divorcing Parent, Healthy Legal Options

In Divorce Mediation? Read Before You Schedule a Consultation with an Attorney

Posted by Crispino Pastore
January 14, 2015 at 6:29 AM

Are you considering using a private attorney as part of the divorce mediation process? 

If you are in divorce mediation, it can actually be very helpful to get the perspective of a private attorney who litigates divorces every day. This is especially true if your divorce is high conflict in nature.  I believe this because I used to represent spouses in court-contested divorces, so I understand the mindset of litigation.  

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Infidelity and Divorce Mediation...Can It Be Successful?

Posted by Lauren Napolitano
April 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Infidelity and divorce mediation.

Can Divorce Mediation be Successful in the Wake of Infidelity?

When a marriage ends due to infidelity, there are generally two parties involved:

  • The victim: the one who feels scorned, betrayed and humiliated.
  • The cheater: the one who is guilty, defensive or remorseful.

So it begs the question: can this type of divorcing couple utilize divorce mediation despite experiencing strong negative emotions?

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6 Major Mistakes to Avoid in a Do-It-Yourself Divorce

Posted by Cris Pastore, Esq. Main Line Family Law Center
January 8, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Sometimes I will receive a call from spouses at the beginning stages of the divorce process who say they both want mediation, but are not sure whether or not they need it. What I often hear is, "Well, we pretty much have everything worked out.." or "We just need some help to finish."

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How I Use Divorce Mediation as a Divorce Lawyer

Posted by Diana Schimmel, Esq.
December 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM

For most couples, the idea of divorce is daunting.  When a marriage comes to an end, you are emotionally raw, yet also must keep a level head to protect yourself, your family and your interests.  Instinctively, parties will think to call a divorce lawyer first to help them get a handle on the legal divorce process. 

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Divorce Mediation Sessions: What Goes on Behind Closed Doors

Posted by Cris Pastore, Esq. Main Line Family Law Center
November 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

What is discussed in divorce mediation sessions?

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