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Is Divorce Mediation Right For You And Your Soon-To-Be Ex?

Divorce is traditionally viewed as being a contentious process. Spouses are programmed to view each another as the enemy and to be guarded and wary when forced to interact with one another. In reality, there are plenty of couples who still like and respect their ex, but simply no longer want to be married and view divorce as a mutually-beneficial solution. If this latter description applies to your situation, you may want to consider divorce mediation.

Divorce mediation is a popular form of alternative dispute resolution in which a trained mediator guides a couple through the divorce process and all related decisions and procedures. While you can choose to also hire a divorce attorney, you are not required to do so as long as the mediation process is productive in helping you and your ex work towards successfully resolving divorce-related matters.   

Co-Parenting Troubles—When Disengaging Becomes A Necessity

Articles and literature on co-parenting almost always reference the importance of communication and compromise. To successfully co-parent, it is essential that parents are able to discuss and come to an agreement about a range of issues related to their child and that dialog is ongoing. While the majority of co-parents do their best to navigate the rocky and unpredictable road that is co-parenting, the relationship between some parents is simply too hostile and volatile.

What happens when your ex doesn’t want to co-parent and intentionally tries to make your job as a parent harder? Unfortunately, as frustrating as an ex’s attitude and actions may be, giving up is not an option. Every child deserves to have and benefit from the love, support and guidance of both parents. There are times, however, when it may be necessary to disengage from an ex and explore other co-parenting options.

Child Support: What Parents In Pennsylvania Need To Know

Children are often unwitting bystanders to their parents’ personal and relationship challenges and, in cases where a child’s parents split without ever marrying or decide to divorce, it’s imperative that a child’s needs continue to be met.

Your child deserves to have the financial support of both parents and, to help ensure that this happens, parents are encouraged to take legal action and petition for child support.

Planning To File For Divorce? Do These Three Things Now

Whether you have been married for 3 or 30 years, at some point or another, many married couples experience problems. From financial issues and infidelity to a serious illness or issues with addiction --individuals who experience these and other difficulties in their marriage may eventually come to the decision that a marriage cannot be saved.

If you are planning to file for divorce, it's important to prepare. While many aspects of a divorce won't be in your control, taking the time to think about your goals with regard to child custody, asset and debt division and what to do with a shared home can provide you a major advantage over a soon-to-be ex-spouse who may or may not know about your plans.

What Happens To An Estate Plan In The Wake Of Divorce?

From the division of assets and property to child custody and parenting time, there are numerous issues that must be contemplated, negotiated and decided upon during the divorce process. While state law mandates that important financial and custody issues like these be settled prior to a final judgment of divorce being entered, those related to estate planning may go unaddressed.

If you’ve taken the time to draft a will or designate a power of attorney, you understand the importance of having these documents. However, like many people, you may fail to revisit and make amendments to key estate planning documents when circumstances change. Unfortunately, in the wake of a divorce, the financial and personal consequences of failing to update an estate plan can be significant and adversely affect you and your loved ones for many years to come.  

For Children, Divorce Often Triggers Living Changes

There's no doubt that divorce can be hard on everyone in a family - especially young children who may have trouble adjusting to their new family structure. In addition to mourning their family as they knew it, children must also often adjust to living in two separate homes where a different set of rules, expectations and standards may apply.

In an effort to maintain as much consistency and stability as possible, divorcing parents would be wise to communicate about how to meet their children's needs. Following these tips can help make the transition easier for everyone.

Child Support: What Parents In Pennsylvania Need To Know

Children are often unwitting bystanders to their parents' personal and relationship challenges and, in cases where a child's parents split without ever marrying or decide to divorce, it's imperative that a child's needs continue to be met.

Your child deserves to have the financial support of both parents and, to help ensure that this happens, parents are encouraged to take legal action and petition for child support.

Summer Is Coming....Have You And Your Ex Discussed Custody Plans?

Spring has sprung throughout the Philadelphia metro and school-age children throughout the area are counting down the days until summer break. When it comes to summer vacations, camps, family trips and general day-to-day activities, for many parents, summer presents both opportunities and challenges. If you're a divorced or separated parent who shares child custody with an ex, summer is likely an especially hectic time.

After what may have been a shaky start to the school year, now roughly eight months in, you and your ex have finally hit your co-parenting stride. It's no wonder then that, with the school year winding down, the thought of having to start all over and figure out summer custody and vacation plans is causing you to feel stressed and anxious.

Is Your Soon-To-Be Ex-Spouse Hiding Something?

For many married couples, money is a source of conflict. In fact, many divorcing couples cite disputes over how to spend and save money as contributing to their decision to file for divorce.

Unfortunately, fights over money often become even more heated during divorce proceedings as both spouses aim to claim their fair share, or then some, of total assets. At times, spouses who are planning to file for divorce may even resort to finding creative ways to hide assets.

Social Media Use During Divorce

From sharing photos of a child, pet or recent vacation to posting comments about your morning commute or religious or political beliefs, social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide an easy and nearly instantaneous way for people to widely share and communicate. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2005, only five percent of U.S. adults reported using at least one social media platform. Today, that number has grown exponentially to nearly 70 percent with many social media users reporting posting, Tweeting and otherwise engaging with social media sites multiple times per day.

While the positive aspects of social media are often heralded, there are times when what you Tweet, post, follow or like may be used against you. If you are planning to file for or are going through a divorce and count yourself among the millions of U.S. adults who routinely Tweet, post photos on Instagram or comment on Facebook, it's important to understand how this information could potentially be used in a divorce case.

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