When someone thinks of a divorce, they may think of an expensive, drawn-out court battle where important marital property or economic claims are at stake. Many do not know that there is another option that might be better suited to their needs and situation. Instead of going to court, consider divorce mediation. 

Mediation allows you and your spouse to collaborate on a solution to divorce, support, property division, and custody issues outside of court, without relying on a judge to make these decisions for you. A focused and thoughtful mediation environment may lead to a more harmonious resolution to domestic relations issues.

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Prior to making a final decision to seek a divorce, many spouses who experience marital troubles separate or live separate and apart. Living separate and apart or being separated can occur while living in the same residence if there has been a cessation of the marital relationship and communication that the parties are separating. There is no “legal separation” in Pennsylvania; parties are either separated or not per the law of the Commonwealth.

If you are planning on separating from your spouse, you need to be prepared, including communicating the intent to separate and preparing your finances. To help, below are some tips to keep in mind during a separation:

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It is not uncommon for someone to be unaware of the ins and outs of divorce unless they work with the subject on a day-to-day basis. Because of this, if a divorce is something you are considering, you likely have many questions such as: what is involved with a divorce, how are the family assets and liabilities divided, how is support handled, how is child custody determined, how long does the process take, etc. 

Due to the complex nature of divorce, and because every divorce is unique, we highly advise that you lean on an experienced divorce attorney to help you through your divorce process.  In the meantime, below are a few of the most common divorce questions and their answers.

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When planning for a divorce, as you probably already know, finances play a large role in the divorce process. In many cases, the financial aspects of a divorce are usually the most overwhelming on all parties involved. There are many financial topics to take into consideration including, but not limited to, asset distribution, alimony, child support, retirement accounts, pensions, checking accounts, savings accounts, stocks, bonds, offshore investments, and more.

One financial consideration that most people overlook is life insurance. Commonly, individuals are so focused on the emotional toll of divorce and other financial aspects of the marital estate that they do not consider life insurance policies.

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If you know you are approaching a divorce, and are in a high net worth marriage, you may feel stuck because of all the assets, investments, businesses, etc. that you manage or take part in. One of the first questions someone might ask you is if you have a prenuptial agreement with your spouse.  If the answer is no, and even if you do have a prenuptial agreement, you need to take the right steps forward to make sure you protect your interests during your divorce.

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It is not a secret that one of the leading reasons for divorce is money, and since high net worth marriages involve more money than other marriages, money plays an even more significant role when high net worth divorces occur.

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If you know your marriage is headed for a divorce, you are probably wondering how you can prepare yourself and what you need to do to get the divorce process started.  Divorce is a complicated topic and one that can be life-changing – for good or for worse depending on the circumstances – so being prepared and covering all your bases is crucial.

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Many things change during and after a divorce. Your living situation, how often you see your children, and your finances are just a few of the things that adjust in your life due to a divorce. One thing that many do not think about until they are working through it, though, is how filing taxes will change as a result of a divorce.

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In November, 2019, Attorney Darren Oglesby completed his mediation training certification, adding to his repertoire of creative ways to craft peaceful resolutions in the domestic relations sphere.  Mr. Oglesby has always explored agreed-upon solutions where possible, even in highly contentious divorce matters.  He looks forward to working with clients who wish to avoid the stress and heartache of contentious litigation.