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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.

Do grandparents have rights when it comes to custody?

Grandparents play an important role in their grandchildren's lives and the larger family dynamic. In the best case scenario, grandparents have consistent access to their grandchildren, with the parents' blessing, and are able to develop close, positive relationships with them. However, best case scenario doesn't happen all the time, and there are times when grandparents may find themselves facing an uphill battle trying to get access to their grandchildren. If you are currently dealing with this type of scenario, you may be able to file for custody in the family courts, but you need to be aware of what that entails.

Situations when a grandparent may be able to file for custody

Like many other states, the Pennsylvania courts have set up specific guidelines for when a grandparent has grounds to petition the courts for physical custody, sometimes referred to as visitation, or legal custody. One of the following situations must be present:

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