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Should Filing For Divorce Be On Your January To-Do List?

While frequently regarded as being a time of great joy and celebration, the holidays can also be stressful. This is often especially true for individuals who are in unhappy marriages when spending time at home with a spouse and extended family members can reinforce and intensify a husband's or wife's resolve to finally end a marriage.

It's likely no coincidence that divorce rates tend to spike dramatically in January-some estimate by as much as 30 percent. If you are in an unhappy marriage and are thinking about filing for divorce, there are several reasons why January may be a good time to finally take action.

Why Your Child Will Thank You For Choosing Mediation

Being a parent is undoubtedly one of the most important, challenging and rewarding roles that anyone can fulfill during their life. From changing diapers and performing round-the-clock feedings to helping with homework and drying tears after a playground fall, young children especially need and rely upon their parents for so many things. In cases where parents of a young child divorce, it's critical that they find a way to work together to continue to meet their child's needs.

For a young child, the many changes that frequently accompany the divorce process can be especially confusing and upsetting and these negative feelings tend to increase and intensify when parents don't agree about child custody issues. Thankfully, parents have options and can choose to mediate their child custody case rather than turn to the family courts.

Recently Separated Or Divorced Parents Need A Plan This Holiday Season

In just a couple of short weeks, families across Pennsylvania and throughout the United States will gather to break bread and give thanks as the official 2016 holiday season kicks off. While typically considered a happy and celebratory time, under even the best of circumstances, the holidays can be stressful.

For couples and families who are experiencing a recent separation or divorce, this holiday season is likely to be an especially difficult time. This is particularly true in cases where a soon-to-be or recently divorced couple has younger children. While there are no official rules for how to navigate the uncomfortable encounters and varied challenges this holiday season may bring, keeping your children and their well-being and best interests in mind is a good place to start.

Co-Parenting: How to Make it Easier

Getting divorced is never an easy process. This is especially true if you have young children. In fact, even in cases where both you and your ex amicably agreed to end a marriage and opted for a less-adversarial collaborative divorce, things can change after the ink on a divorce agreement dries.

Having a child with someone means that, for better or worse, you and that person will forever be tied together. For divorced parents, this can be a difficult reality to face and many struggle to set aside their own feelings about an ex and to move forward for the benefit of a shared child.

Talking to children about divorce

Making the decision to end a marriage and go through with a divorce is never easy and many individuals spend months or even years struggling to make things work. For parents, making the decision to divorce is even more complicated as moms and dads must consider their own feelings, emotions and general wellbeing as well as those of a child.

Let's face it, there's never going to be an opportune time to tell your son or daughter that you're getting divorced. That being said, there are times that are better than others as well as things that parents can do and say to lessen the sting and to help a child cope with the varied and inevitable changes that lay ahead.

Getting divorced? Tips for choosing a mediator

The word divorce has many negative connotations and often conjures up images of belongings being thrown out of second-story windows and forlorn children sitting idly by as their parents fight. While these types of scenes may make for good television programming or tabloid fodder, for divorcing couples a conflict-ridden divorce only intensifies what is already likely a difficult process. To avoid this added expense and stress, many couples today are opting to mediate rather than litigate their divorces.

The benefits of mediation are numerous with a mediated divorce typically saving couples significant amounts of time and money. Additionally, the process is much more collaborative and empowers couples to make decisions about important issues that are likely to have a significant impact on their lives and the lives of their children.

Collaborative law: The process

You and your spouse have made the decision to end your marriage. It's a difficult time, and no matter the circumstances, there will be challenging moments ahead. However, there are some things you can do to reduce the stress and conflict as much as possible and make the process easier on everyone.

Collaborative law has become increasingly popular as a way to get through a divorce without further damaging relationships in the process. If you are interested in this option, here is an overview of how it works and what to expect.

For recently divorced parents, communication is key as kids head back to school

As summer winds down, school-age children throughout Pennsylvania are preparing to head back to school. For parents and children alike, this time of year can be stressful as the whole family must adjust to new daily routines and responsibilities. In cases where a child's parents recently separated or divorced, heading back to school this fall may be a particularly challenging time for everyone.

To help a child not only transition back to school, but also adjust to all of the changes related to a divorce or separation, parents must do their best to foster a healthy co-parenting relationship. Communication is a key component of any effective co-parenting relationship and parents would be wise to discuss and take the following steps as their child prepares for another school year.

Do Family Members Of Workers Get Workers' Comp Benefits?

Workers' compensation rules are governed largely by state laws and can vary from state to state. However, when a worker is injured, do the workers' compensation rules apply to family members at all?

Why you shouldn't make false accusations - even during divorce

False accusations happen surprisingly often in divorces. One of the most common scenarios is the woman accusing the man of domestic violence in an attempt to legally force him out of the house and increase the woman's chances of being awarded sole custody. However, false accusations go both ways and can include accusations regarding hiding assets, substance abuse and infidelity.

While it may seem like a quick way to get a leg up in family law proceedings, making false accusations always backfires. Here are just a few of the ways it can have a negative impact on your divorce, both during and after.

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