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2 Divorce Lawyers Better After Their Own Divorce, but Still Together

Posted January 3, 2019; by Louise Rafkin

In Unhitched, couples tell the stories of their relationships, from romance to vows to divorce to life afterward.

In 2006, Vanessa Hammer and Brendan Hammer were in law school (she at the University of Houston and he at DePaul) and living in different states when they met at a national Hispanic moot court competition.

They married nine months later. Both saw in each other a good mate, someone with whom to make a life.

“My family was surprised we moved so fast because I’m usually cautious but at the time I had no hesitation,” she said.

The couple each began, and continue, careers as divorce lawyers. Differences about where to live and having more children compounded when an infidelity broke up the marriage, yet alignment on raising their son keeps the family intact.
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Practice, Pitfalls, Protocols, Ethics and Evolving Issues in Family Law, Dependency and Delinquency

Posted July 15, 2018

” An interactive / audience participation event on numerous issues touching upon family and juvenile court, including but not limited to: Standing and intervention, the expanding definition of “parent” in Pennsylvania, parenthood and non- parenthood by contract and otherwise, the PFI statute, Estoppel issues, Collateral Consequences to our youth from juvenile delinquency adjudications, conduct of trials in juvenile court, expungements of delinquency AND dependency records, GALs – role of counsel vs. best interests counsel for kids-the when, where and why of same, foster parent standing / non-standing and rights, if any, and how to be assert some rights when it appears you have none…..
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Divorce Attorney Talks About More Civil Severance

Posted January 22, 2016

Half of married couples end up in divorce and nearly two-thirds of remarried couples likewise part ways, usually in contentious litigation. But Mary Louise Parker, a Stroudsburg attorney, told the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs in its weekly meeting on Thursday at Sycamore Grille in Delaware Water Gap that there is a more civil alternative.

Parker, a Rotarian, is one of two attorneys in Monroe County certified in collaborative law, along with Michelle F. Farley practicing in Cresco, explained the divorce alternative in which severing partners can avoid a litigation court case and resolve finances, business concerns and childhood custody satisfactorily to both sides.Read more

Collaborative Divorce – Resolving Disputes with Dignity

Posted September 17, 2015

Divorce is designed to terminate a marriage. Must it also destroy relationships and shatter finances? Is it possible for spouses to divorce and continue to provide a foundation and support for the newly restructured family?

Collaborative divorce provides a way to resolve a divorce in a safe, cooperative and respectful manner. Through a series of negotiating sessions, the parties and their lawyers discuss immediate concerns, identify long-term goals, share necessary financial information and jointly retain neutral financial and counseling professionals as part of the collaborative team.Read more