USE A MEDIATOR FIRST Using a mediator is a great first step and can help you resolve issues without going to court. Mediation is an affordable tool to help families resolve conflict and navigate the divorce, separation, co-parenting, custody, and support process. The process starts when you and your spouse or co-parent meet together with…

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Divorce or separation does NOT have to be complicated. Lawyers tend to make the process more complex and difficult using threats, accusations, and fear. Fear often leads to a drawn-out battle and extremely high legal fees, getting in the way of an amicable divorce. I will let you in on a lawyer secret… it doesn’t…

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Divorce and separation can be stressful even if you are entering into the process amicably. If you are stressed out, and your children or loved ones are noticing, it may be time to start taking care of yourself. Your children will notice your stress. Your children may start to notice your divorce stress, and they…

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Unfortunately, most divorces 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? Most likely…

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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 divorce. Below you will find a budget worksheet and property and debt worksheet. Utilizing divorce spreadsheets and worksheets can help paint…

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The decision to divorce or separate is not an easy one. There are many questions to consider before walking down this legal and emotional path. Occasionally I receive a call or a friend will stop me in the grocery store with this… I think I might want a divorce or separation but I am not…

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Living with a spouse with a high conflict personality or attempting to co-parent with your ex is extremely challenging right now. The good news is mediation will help you resolve these issues before it gets worse. Now is the best time to start. In states like Pennsylvania, the courts are closed to divorce lawyers or…

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If your relationship is on the path to separation or divorce, you may be wondering how to move forward and make wise decisions for you and your family. 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…

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You may want to use the mediation process for your divorce or custody situation but are not sure how to approach the subject with your partner or significant other. Perhaps the mediation process sounds like a good choice for your family but having the initial conversation may be difficult. Chances are, if you are heading…

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The holiday season can be challenging during a separation, however, careful planning and communication with your former partner can help make the season a smooth one. Start planning early! I have noticed that conflict arises when parents wait until the last minute to arrange an event with the children. During the holidays our lives are…

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