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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CO-PARENTING DURING THE HOLIDAYS

The holiday season can be challenging, however, careful planning and communication with your co-parent can help make the season a smooth one. Start planning early Conflict arises when parents wait until the last minute to arrange an event with the children. During the holidays our lives are already overscheduled with festive parties and events and…

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Affordable Process

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 family law process. The process starts when you and your spouse or co-parent meet together with the mediator to decide…

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Frequently Asked Questions About Mediation

How long does it take? Most mediation cases will take between one and three sessions. We meet together in my office or using the Zoom platform for 1 or 2-hour sessions. We schedule sessions 1-2 weeks apart so that you have time to gather the information you need between appointments. If you are both prepared,…

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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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Confused?

There are many questions to consider before starting the mediation process. 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 sure. When divorce ambivalence is prevalent, pushing a couple into the divorce process is…

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