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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MEDIATION MISTAKES

NOT PREPARED Each of you must prepare your documents and gather information for each mediation session. Taking the time you need to organize your finances, and sharing information with your partner early on will save you time and money in the long run. If information is missing or incomplete, it can be difficult to make…

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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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Mediation for Alienated Parents

Mediation is a helpful tool to bridge the communication gap between alienated parents. Mediation clients often share that one or more of the children “refuses” to see the other parent or does not want to see the other parent during their designated visitation schedule. Over time, this behavior may result in the other parent becoming…

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How to Save Money on Your Divorce

Divorce is not complicated, it is simply the end of your legal status as a married couple. In Pennsylvania, property and debts are divided equitably (Equitable Distribution). The process is straightforward, couples must equitably divide, distribute or assign the marital property. However, if you and your spouse want to fight about it, divorce lawyers will…

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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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What Type Of Mediation Is Right For Me?

Prenuptial/Premarital Mediation Prenuptial Mediation is for dating or engaged couples to discuss issues related to their relationship, wedding day, and future marriage. Premarital agreement mediation can help prevent an adversarial approach and help couples communicate and determine their own terms with a neutral mediator. In premarital mediation, you have equal bargaining power over the outcome.…

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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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Love and Marriage

Each spring, I have the pleasure of teaching a course that brings me so much joy and satisfaction every year. The class is called “Love and Marriage” and is offered as an undergraduate course at West Chester University, located in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

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