ADR in the Golden Years: The Case for Using Alternative Dispute Resolution in Gray Divorces
Whether your older clients have significant assets or a minimal estate, there is an alternative dispute resolution process that could be the right fit for their case. As part of your initial meeting with any client, but particularly those who are aged 50 and older, you should explain the different options and discuss how each process might benefit your client.
About Lindsay H. Childs, Esq.
Lindsay H. Childs, Esquire, is a partner at Vetrano Vetrano & Feinman LLC in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. In 2020, the American Bar Association published a book authored by Ms. Childs, titled “Divorce in the Golden Years: Estate Planning, Spousal Support, and Retirement Issues for Clients in Midlife and Beyond, Second Edition.” Ms. Childs recently spoke at the PBA Family Law Section’s Summer Meeting in July 2023, as part of a panel for the program “Mediation, Arbitration and Collaborative Best Practices.” She is a prior council member for the PBA Family Law Section, and served as the Chair of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Family Law Section in 2022.
About Pennsylvania Family Law Firm Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman
Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman LLC is a family law firm in Main Line Pennsylvania that provides dedicated and experienced legal services to the community. The firm’s family lawyers are advocates of collaborative divorce and their family-centric approach attempts to enable clients’ families to remain intact for the overall good of the family.
If you have questions about alternative dispute resolution in gray divorces, or if you would like more information about Lindsay H. Childs, or Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman, please visit www.vetranolaw.com or call 610-265-4441.
 Renee Stepler, Led by Baby Boomers,Divorce rates up for Americans 50 and older, Pew Research Center, March 9, 2017, http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/03/09/led-by-baby-boomers-divorce-rates-climb-for-americas-50-population/ (citing data from the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau).
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Our experienced family lawyers take the time to fully understand the financial and emotional complexities that can be involved in separating two lives. We offer the patience and resources to effectively guide clients through a divorce, addressing all the challenges they may face in moving forward with their lives. To learn more about how we can help protect your rights and interests in a complex divorce, contact the Pennsylvania divorce attorneys at Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman LLC.