Author: Heather Trostle Smith

Considering Divorce: Discover Options

May 23, 2018 | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Blog, Collaborative Law, Divorce, Mediation

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No two marriages are the same, and so it only follows no two divorces will be the same either. While the majority of divorcing couples today choose the traditional model of litigated divorce, keep in mind litigated does not mean the divorce ends up in court. In fact, the vast majority of all divorce cases are resolved by an out-of-court settlement agreement, each choosing a slightly different route of dispute […]

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What Is Binding Arbitration?

January 12, 2018 | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Blog, Divorce

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Binding arbitration may sound very scary to someone looking for an alternative way to resolve his or her divorce. (And, that’s on top of the already scary situation of the divorce itself.)  However, if you know what you are getting into by agreeing to arbitration, the process can have many positives over and above the more traditional process of litigating through the court system. In a binding arbitration, the parties […]

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Complex Divorce: Dividing the Marriage and the Business

November 22, 2017 | Blog, Business Valuation, Complex Financial Issues, Divorce, Executive Compensation

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Business attorneys will tell you nothing is more complex than dealing with the dissolution of business partnership. They even refer to it as a “business divorce.”  However, there may be something more complicated than a “business divorce,” and that is an actual divorce between spouses who jointly own a closely held business. Almost one-third of the 2.6 million companies authorized to do business in Pennsylvania are small businesses of fewer than […]

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