Mediation | What is it, and how can you use it?

By Kristen Doleva-Lecher Published Originally in the 422 Business Adviser Doleva Law is experienced in Mediation and our attorney, Kristen Doleva-Lecher is a qualified Mediator.   Q. What is mediation and how can it be utilized to benefit my company? A. Mediation is a form of “Alternative Dispute Resolution” (ADR).  ADR, which includes mediation, is a process in which disagreeing parties seek resolution through different techniques without initiating litigation. Recently mediation has earned attention through the incorporation of mediation into … Continued

Protecting Your Domestic Partnership

By: Kristen Doleva-Lecher September 28, 2015 A marriage means many things: often thoughts go to the ceremony, the ring, kids and the house with the white picket fence. While on the surface that is what marriage is, under the umbrella of the law it means much more. As most people in the United States are aware, the US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of marriage equality and all couples, regardless of sex, can marry.  In the past, same sex couples … Continued

Preparation for Divorce

Originally published in the 422 Business Advisor, and written by Kristen Doleva-Lecher In Major League Baseball, a respectable batting average exceeds .300. For all you non-baseball fans, this means the batter will get a hit a few more than three out of the ten times he’s up to bat. Unfortunately in our society divorce has a higher batting average so to speak — statistically about five out of ten first marriages will end in divorce. The emotional toll of divorce is of … Continued

Financial Tips in Anticipation of Divorce

Originally published in the 422 Business Adviser, and written by Kristen Doleva-Lecher By: Kristen Doleva-Lecher September 28, 2015 Many factors can determine whether a particular person will obtain a relatively good or relatively poor financial outcome after a divorce.  Not all of these factors are in people’s control. Good planning, however, can certainly help make life easier if divorce is being considered. Clients often ask about “legal separation” from their spouses. Pennsylvania does not recognize “legal separation” per se but … Continued

What Is A Marital Asset in Pennsylvania?

Originally published in the 422 Business Adviser, and written by Kristen Doleva-Lecher By: Kristen Doleva-Lecher September 28, 2015 Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state when it comes to splitting up marital assets in a divorce. Equitable distribution does not mean a 50-50 split but, rather, it mandates a fair division of marital property.  Marital property includes joint assets and joint debts. A marital asset is defined by statute as: “all property acquired by either party during the marriage and the … Continued