Main Line Family Law Center is, a divorce mediation firm devoted to helping clients separate or divorce without retaining their own lawyers or going to court, is delighted to welcome Pamela Elaine Nichols to its team. As an intake specialist, Pamela Elaine answers calls with compassion and deep listening to understand what our clients' main concerns are, how our programs and services may benefit them, and help bring clarity to their decision-making process. Pamela Elaine keeps our operations running smoothly and efficiently, and ensures that clients have a positive experience. As a content creator, she is also the host of our “Preparing for Divorce” podcast, blog contributor, and serves as co-chair of Make Divorce Healthier symposium.
A heavier focus on intake and check-in, mediation readiness, and how clients define and value fairness, have helped to strengthen the My Healthy Divorce® Mediation Program model, offsetting the power imbalance that inevitably surfaces in a mediation process. A peer mentor option is one of the additional supports specifically aimed at empowering the dependent spouse to advocate for themselves in mediation. "The human connection and communication is crucial at a time like this, yet the attorney-mediator must be careful not to accidentally show any bias in a mediation case. It's tricky," says Sharon Pastore, co-founder of Main Line Family Law Center. "That's why use a team approach," She adds, "At the same time, dependent spouses who want to mediate, are recognizing they need to show up differently in order to advocate effectively for themselves. Education and asserting themselves will be the only way they end up with a fair agreement." Dependent spouses are often highly-educated, sophisticated people who have chosen to stay-at-home to raise children but not share in the management of the finances, and so confidence level is often the biggest stumbling block to success in mediation.
An informal third-party study of clients divorced at least 1-2 years was conducted, with a the goal to find out whether families went on with their lives in a positive way and whether My Healthy DivorceⓇ Mediation Program, a holistic, comprehensive divorce model developed by Main Line Family Law Center, played a role in the longer-term. The overwhelming majority of families reported they are doing well and moving on with their lives. Read more >>
Main Line Family Law Center, a divorce mediation firm devoted to helping clients separate or divorce without retaining their own lawyers or going to court, partnered with several firms and community organizations in the region to hold the first-ever Make Divorce Healthier Symposium. Held at Normandy Farm Conference Center, the sold-out event attracted over 130 professionals to collaborate around shifting divorce culture and making the divorce process more respectful, mindful and affordable for all involved. The event was organized by Professionals Committed to Respectful Divorce, a meetup group founded by Main Line Family Law Center in 2013. Read more >>
In collaboration with other local divorce leaders, Main Line Family Law Center is launching the Make Divorce Healthier Symposium, the Greater Philadelphia area's first ever symposium on divorce and mediation in November 2016. The symposium will bring together over 100 divorce professionals (lawyers, mediators, therapists, coaches, financial planners, and accountants) for the first time to remove the shame, blame, and fear associated with divorce. To find out how you can get involved with this vibrant community of change-makers as an attendee, speaker, or sponsor, visit the symposium's website.
On Saturday, March 5th, Main Line Family Law Center's co-founders, Sharon Pastore and Cris Pastore, were guests on Jennifer Robinson's Main Line Connect show. Tune in to hear about their unique divorce mediation process, how they've utilized their diverse backgrounds to become entrepreneurial leaders on the Main Line, and what it's like to support the divorce community as a husband and wife team. Catch the interview here.
Main Line Today's first ever guide on divorce, "Split Decision," features Main Line Family Law Center and its co-founder, Cris Pastore. In the article, former client Edmundo Hoffens recounts the decision to mediate and how Main Line Family Law Center helped him and his spouse avoid a terrible divorce and "set an example for [his kids] of how you treat your spouse -- even when she becomes your ex-spouse." Cris Pastore, one of the article's panelists of divorce experts, discusses the pros and cons of divorce mediation and when it is a healthy and ideal alternative to divorce litigation. Read the article.
Main Line Family Law Center announces an ongoing partnership with Second Saturday, a nationally recognized resource for divorcing women. Lenore Myers, Attorney-Mediator, will serve as panelist for their "Transformation Tuesday" workshops as part of an all-female group of divorce experts. Second Saturday offers non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive the divorce process and move forward with confidence toward a new life. Learn more about Second Saturday and the Transformation Tuesday workshops.
As another way of supporting divorcing clients with children, Main Line Family Law Center now offers streaming access to the compelling documentary SPLIT, Divorce Through Kids' Eyes, as part of preparation for parenting and custody mediation in My Healthy Divorce (™) mediation program. It was created by an award-winning filmmaker whose own divorce left her struggling to find ways to talk to her children about divorce. From their website, “SPLIT is a deeply personal film that explores the effects of divorce on children. The film features twelve children aged 6-12, who explore the often frightening, and always life altering separation of their parents.” Learn more about SPLIT.
Main Line Family Law Center’s co-founder, Cris Pastore was recently interviewed by Pamela Elaine, the creator of Resilient Beauties, in a documentary about the stories and life lessons of 10 divorced mothers who bounced back strong, determined and beautiful. An integral part of Main Line Family Law Center’s mission is to empower individuals to make sound decisions for their own future and that of their family. The documentary features Cris speaking about how divorce mediation differs from divorce litigation, what women need to know heading into mediation and how it can set them up for a healthy new life with their family. Watch the interview.
In response to a growing need for an easy way to file divorce paperwork, Main Line Family Law Center has launched a unique, sensible solution for no-fault, uncontested or mediated divorce. Complete with self-directed video tutorials, SimpleDivorce™ Filer offers the convenience and low-cost of an online service for filing divorce paperwork, but also offers live support and access to the expertise of a local law firm who understands the specific requirements of the county courts. Learn more about SimpleDivorce Filer.
Main Line Family Law Center is pleased to announce the addition of Lenore M. J. Myers, Esq. to the team as a divorce and parenting mediator. A graduate of Villanova Law School, she is also a trained mediator in Family Law and serves as custody conciliator for Montgomery County, PA. With 28 years in law practice, she brings a wealth of knowledge and compassionate experience to our clients. Learn more about Lenore.
Main Line Family Law Center’s co-founder, Sharon Pastore, was recently selected to serve as a board member of Greater Philadelphia Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs, the fundraising arm of National Association of Women Business Owners, Philadelphia Chapter. “Our firm was founded on the belief that entrepreneurship is reform,” she says. “In the world of family law, families are in desperate need of better options for separation and divorce, and we made it happen. An entrepreneur does not wait for laws to change or fight for change – they are the change.That is why I feel so passionate about developing entrepreneurs." The Foundation oversees AthenaPowerlink, a mastermind mentoring program for women and Young Entrepreneur's Academy, an after-school program where middle and high school students start real businesses. Read more.
Main Line Family Law Center's Divorce and Relationship Coach, Adina Laver, recently published the Divorce Companion, a comprehensive new resource for coaching oneself through divorce. The divorce process can be a difficult road and the purpose of the guide is to lead divorcing individuals and couples in a healthy direction.
Cris Pastore, Esq., of Main Line Family Law Center is proud to have served as an advisor for the Divorce Companion. "This is truly the definitive companion guide for all those either seeking, or in the midst of divorce," Pastore says. "I wholeheartedly endorse this guide as a must for all my mediation clients. Knowledge is definitely power and this guide has lots of it." Read more.
The 2-part workshop is co-facilitated by Stephanie Newberg, M.Ed, LCSW, Bryn Mawr therapist, specializing in parenting through divorce and Sandi Sherr, M.Ed. parenting mediator at Main Line Family Law Center. Discussion will begin using the acclaimed documentary, Split, which features children speaking about their feelings around going through divorce. Read more.
The goal of International Child-Centered Divorce Month is to educate parents about how to prevent negative consequences for children during and after separation or divorce. As additional support, Sandi Sherr, parenting mediator for Main Line Family Law Center, and Cris Pastore, president of the firm, will be the featured speakers on two monthly call for those preparing for or coping with divorce. Adina Laver, the Center’s divorce and relationship coach offering free guidebook, The Essential Guide to a Healthy Divorce. Also visit the main website at www.divorcedparentsupport.com. Read more.
Cris Pastore, Esq., of Main Line Family Law Center, has joined the Affiliate Program of Women's Resource Center, which refers women in transition to local professionals.The collaboration between Women's Resource Center and Main Line Family Law Center will raise awareness around divorce mediation as a viable option for almost anyone, regardless of means or circumstances. Free legal consultations, volunteer trainings on the mediation process and appropriate referral, and "healthy divorce" workshops will be offered. Read more.
The panel event, Single Again at 50: A Legal, Financial, and Emotional Look at Modern Divorce, will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 6:30 to 9:00pm, upstairs at Yangming in Bryn Mawr. Between 50- 60 attendees are expected and is ideal for men and women approaching divorce, in the midst, or newly single, as well as professionals who work with divorcing clients.
Sponsored by Main Line Family Law Center and First Financial Group, the event will explore divorce at mid-life and beyond, impact on older children, dating and relationships, finances and retirement. The panel features: Cris Pastore, Esq, President & Divorce Attorney-Mediator, Mark Dubowe, Financial Services Representative, First Financial Group; Katey Moody, Psychotherapist/Specialist in Transition, Divorce and Empty Nesting, and is moderated by Adina Laver, Divorce and Life Empowerment Coach. The event is co-sponsored by Purposeful Networking. Read more.
Main Line Family Law Center announces an association with First Financial Group, based in Bala Cynwyd.The collaboration will enable the fast-growing divorce mediation firm to help its clients recover from the financial shock of separation and divorce more quickly, and move them toward a marital settlement agreement with more confidence. Read more.
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Main Line Family Law Center will be a gold sponsor at Women on the Move Luncheon, hosted by Main Line Today.The sellout networking event recognizes 21 successful women of the Main Line and inspires them to connect, grow, and achieve. Over 300 women are expected at Radnor Valley Country Club on October 11th 2012, from 11am-2pm.
An integral part of the Center’s mission is to empower individuals to make sound decisions for their own future and that of their family.
The Center’s My Healthy Divorce team of professionals - divorce attorney-mediator, parenting mediator, and divorce and life coaches will also be on hand at the luncheon to answer individual questions. Read more.
Interview with Randy Rolfe, World Ambassador for Family
At least half of our nation’s families have been touched by divorce. The high costs and stress on family members of completing the divorce process is legendary, especially if the process involves litigation. Is there another way? My guest this week on Family First is Crispino M. Pastore, Esq., whose mission is to help his clients avoid costly and destructive litigation. He founded the Main Line Family Law Center in 2011, together with his wife Sharon Pastore, after his years of conventional family law practice left him feeling that his hands were constantly tied as he witnessed the destructive nature of the litigation process. He now employs a uniquely integrated approach to assisting clients in resolving their separation and divorce matters. Using expert divorce and parenting mediators, life coaches, therapists, and financial planners, he can assure his clients that their settlements will be fair and reasonable while ensuring that all of their rights and interests are protected. Listen to interview.
Don't miss Crispino M. Pastore, expert attorney-mediator and founder of the Main Line Family Law Center, as a live guest on "The Eddie, Esq." radio show this Friday, August 17th, 2012 from 9-10 AM Eastern Time. This time, Mr. Pastore will be discussing using how and why couples are opting for collaborative divorce for a separation or divorce. He will also be answering questions from callers dialing in during the show.
Main Line Family Law Center has built a Divorce Support Network to enable those struggling with deeper issues such as depression and anxiety to benefit from divorce mediation, as well as to encourage those not ready for separation or divorce to go to counseling. The network consists of approximately 30 marriage and family therapists and psychologists in the Philadelphia Main Line community. All have expertise in issues related to separation and divorce as well as an orientation to the divorce mediation process. Read more.
Crispino M. Pastore, expert attorney-mediator and founder of the Main Line Family Law Center, will be a live guest on "The Eddie Esq." weekly radio show dedicated to divorce and custody on May 10, 2012 from 4:00 PM-4:30 PM EST. Mr. Pastore will be discussing why divorce mediation is rapidly becoming the most preferable and most desirable option for couples in obtaining a separation or divorce.
The panel of family law attorneys includes: Crispino Pastore, Esquire, Managing Attorney-Mediator, Main Line Family Law Center, Maryann Q. Modesti, Esquire, Family Law Attorney, Blue Bell, Michael Kleiman, Esquire, Bleczinski Kleiman & Klein, LLC, King of Prussia, and Kimberly J. Krzyzaniak, Esquire, Family Law Attorney, Wayne. Read more.
The New Year marks a fresh start for many couples who often call it quits just after the holidays. Main Line Family Law Center opened its doors this December 2011, with its healthy divorce program, in an effort to support the increasing number of couples seeking a positive way to end their marriage without spending away their life savings. Read more.
Lawyers are finding success for themselves and better solutions for their clients by casting off an ill-fitting and stressful status quo. Read more.