Parenting Plan Tips

Early during the divorce or separation process, parents will face the issue of how to handle shared parenting time. In most cases, parents strive towards equality in parenting time so that the children can spend time with both parents. The key is to take into consideration each parent’s work schedule, the children’s school schedules, and…

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Back to School Co-Parenting Tips

School is starting soon and this can be a difficult time for co-parents. Here are a few tips to ease the transition for the children. Start planning early. As soon as school, sports, and extracurricular schedules are released, share them with the other parent or caregiver so that appropriate scheduling can commence. It may be…

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The Family Law Nightmare

As you may be aware, Family Law matters can quickly snowball out of control. Both sides may threaten to take the house or the kids or may falsely claim abuse to gain the upper hand in a divorce proceeding. Sadly, lawyers play a role in the drama by escalating conflict. Why would this happen? Simply…

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There’s No Such Thing As A Dragon

My career as a divorce mediator has taught me many lessons, and my clients have become my greatest teachers.  I have noticed that several of the same issues repeatedly lead couples to my office for divorce or separation.   The pattern I have seen so often brings to mind the children’s book “There’s no such thing…

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WHAT IF MY SPOUSE WILL NOT MEDIATE?

Unfortunately, most family law matters can drag out for many years and be very expensive and emotionally draining for a family. Often one spouse will be the cause of the ongoing conflict and refuse to negotiate. What if one spouse is reluctant or refuses to mediate? Why? Find out why your spouse will not mediate?…

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Helpful Mediation Tools

During the mediation process, your mediator may offer tools and worksheets that help you make decisions for you and your family. The tools can be useful for budgeting and planning for your future after mediation. Below you will find a budget worksheet and property and debt worksheet. Budget Form: Property and Debt Form: Please double-check…

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MEDIATION: Is it Right for Me?

Do I have to go to court? No! In Pennsylvania you have a few options, one option is to hire separate attorneys and go to court. This option will result in a decree, however, it will involve several years in the court system and tens of thousands of dollars. A better option is to mediate…

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SAVE MONEY: Mediate

How do we save money? Often folks would prefer to save money and keep afloat financially during a difficult process. During mediation, we have a conversation about income and expenses and how to have financial peace. We gather information to help you make decisions about your finances during the process. Here are a few tips…

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3 SIMPLE STEPS

Is a simple, healthy and respectful process important to you and your family? Using a mediator can be an efficient, cost-effective solution. We make this possible in three simple steps: Meet We meet for one or more mediation sessions to discuss important topics, such as the family home, bank accounts, vehicles, and children. We simply…

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PREPARE YOURSELF

The key to a smooth mediation process is preparation. Your mediator may ask you to gather documents to prepare for your session. These documents should include property and debts owned both individually and together. Your mediator will ask you questions, such as the date acquired, how the property is titled, and the approximate value of…

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