Maribeth Blessing

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Rockledge, PA

Law Offices of Maribeth Blessing, LLC
 | 310 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046
Phone: 215-663-9016
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015, 2017
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

At the Law Offices of Maribeth Blessing, LLC, in Rockledge, Pennsylvania, Maribeth Blessing concentrates her practice primarily on challenging, high-conflict family law matters, but it also extends to will and estate documents, personal injury and civil litigation. An accomplished mediator and collaborative family lawyer with more than two decades of legal experience, she also provides alternative dispute resolution services with the goal of settling the majority of the family law cases she handles out of court. Along with her firm, Ms. Blessing serves clients in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Philadelphia and Delaware counties.

A former educator and hearing officer, Ms. Blessing received her Juris Doctor with honors in 1991 from Widener University School of Law. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of the United States. As a measure of her professional reputation, Ms. Blessing has been elected by her peers to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has been honored many times for her achievements, receiving Strathmore's Who's Who Professional of the Year award in dispute resolution in 2007 and the 2011-2012 Woman of the Year award from the National Association of Professional Women.  Her accomplishments can be found on her curriculum vitae on her website, www.mbfamilylaw.com

Dedicated to remaining current on developments in her field, Ms. Blessing has received extensive training in continuing legal education, arbitration and parent coordination from multiple organizations, including the National Center for Mediation Education, the American Bar Association the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the International Academy of Colloborative Professionals. She is a trainer/presenter in the fields of mediation, collaborative family law, and continuing legal education for the Montgomery and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, and Collaborative Professional organizations.  She has held numerous positions in several professional organizations, including past president and current counselor of The Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court past president of the Collaborative Family Law Affiliates, and a member of the Montgomery County Mediation Advisory Panel since 1999. An advanced practitioner with the Association for Conflict Resolution, Ms. Blessing also participates as a child advocate for the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project and a volunteer for the Friends of the Court program of the Montgomery County Family Court and also the pro bono Legal Aide program. 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (80%): Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%): Arbitration, Mediation

Focus Areas

Family Law: Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, Mediation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015, 2017

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About Maribeth Blessing

Admitted: 1991, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.mbfamilylaw.com/Attorneys/Maribeth-Blessing.shtml

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 10 Attorney Award, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
  • The Frederick Cohen, Esquire Award of Excellence, Doris Jonas Freed American In of Court, 2014
  • International recognition of accomplishment in field of Family Law and Mediation, Fellowship in Family Law and Mediation, American Biographical Institute, 2011
  • chosen based on professionalism and achievement in practice, Woman of the Year in Family Law, American Biological Institute, 2011
  • Chosen for professional excellence and dedication., Honored Member Award, Continental Who's Who Recipient, 2011
  • Acceptance of Fellowship based upon professional evaluation, Fellow of American Bar Association, American Bar Association, 2009
  • awarded for dedication and service on the Montgomery Bar Association Board of Directors, Certificate of Achievement, Montgomery Bar Association, 2007
  • based upon leadership and professionalism, Professional of the Year in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Swarthmore Who's Who, 2007
  • Recognition and Dedication for service as President and Executive Committee accomplishments, Award, Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, 2003
  • The Outstanding Service Award is a prestigious award for outstanding legal service to the Bar and Legal Community.  Nominees are solicited from the alumni of Widener Law School., Outstanding Service Award, Widener School of Law, 2003
  • recognition and achievement as Chair of Montgomery Bar Family Law Section in 2002, Award, Montgomery Bar Family Law Section, 2002
  • Chosen on basis of career professionalism, Life Member of National Registry of Who's Who, National Registry of Who's Who, 2000
  • 2013-2016, Client Satisfaction Award - 10 Best, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Superb Rated Attorney 2013-2016, Superb Rated Attorney - 10, Avvo
  • Fellows, Montgomery Bar Association
  • Fellows, American Bar Association
  • Lifetime Member, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Strathmore's Who's Who Recipient, 2004 - 2005, Lifetime Member 2006
  • Strathmore's Who's Who Professional of the Year in Dispute Resolution Award, 2007
  • Cum Laude, Widener University School of Law, 1991
  • National Association of Professional Women 2011 - 2012, Women of the Year Award
  • based on leadership and achievement in the profession, Life Time Member, Swarthmore's Who's Who

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Elder Mediation Training with the Montgomery County Mediation Center, 2009
  • Parent Coordination Training with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts., 2008
  • Advanced Practioner in Mediation with Association of Conflict Resolution, 2006
  • American Bar Association Certificate in Arbitration, 1996
  • Collaborative Family Law Training, 2003; Instructor 2005-2010
  • Family Law Mediation Certificate from National Mediation Education Center Arbitration Certificate from the American Bar Association  Attorney Licenses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Collaborative Family Law Affiliates, 2003 to present (now Collaborative Law Professionals of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Mediation Advisory Panel of Montgomery County since 1999
  • Member, Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, 2004 to present
  • Board of Directors, Association of Conflict Resolution, Delaware Valley, 2015-2016
  • 2016 and forward, Friend of the Court, Montgomery County
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • Pennsylvania, 1991
  • New Jersey, 1992
  • Member, Mediation Advisory Panel for Montgomery County
  • Former Chair and Current Member, Montgomery Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, Montgomery County Bar Trial Lawyers Section
  • Former Director, Montgomery Bar Association
  • Member, Montgomery Bar Association, Judiciary Committee
  • President, Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Collaborative Law Sub-committee
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Children's Rights Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Professionals for Amicable Divorce
  • MCAP Child Advocate
  • MBA, Former Director
  • Montgomery Bar Trial Lawyers and Family Law Sections
  • Mock Trial Competition, Panel Judge Participant
  • Montgomery County Bench, Appointed Divorce Special Master/Arbitrator
  • Montgomery County Bench, Appointed Guardian Ad Litem/Coordinator
  • Former President/Counselor, Doris Jonas Freed Family Inn of Court
  • Member, Bench Bar
  • Affiliate - Divorce Done Right
  • Association of Family Conciliation Courts
  • National Conference of American Inns of Court, Representative, 1999
  • President, Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, 2005 - 2010
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution, 1996 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Council of Mediators, 2009 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Chair, Doctor/Lawyer Community Drug Education Project
  • Volunteer, Child Advocate for MCAP of Montgomery County
  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Attorney for Montgomery County Legal Aid, 1992 - Present
  • President, Collaborative Family Law Affiliates
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of ACR
  • Member, Pennsylvania Council of Mediators
  • Advanced Practitioner, Association of Conflict Resolution with training completed at the National Center For Mediation Education

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Advanced Family Mediation Workshop; Advanced Mediator Training, 2001; Trainer/Presenter 2014-2016
  • Legal View Seminar, Norristown Public Library
  • Instructor, Community Program
  • Continuing Legal Education PBI and Montgomery Bar Lecturer/Author
  • Art and Drama Coordinator, 26 Member Faculty and 600 Students
  • Elementary Education Teacher, 1970 - 1985
  • Speaker, Willow Grove Rotary Club, 1999
  • Chosen Instructor, National Business Institute Presentation, 2000
  • Law Day Elementary School Instructor, 3rd Grade, 2001
  • Speaker, Rockledge-Cheltenham Rotary Club, 2005
  • Featured in Bucks County Courier Times, "Mediation; An Easier Way to Say Goodbye", 2007
  • Appeared on ABC Channel - Mediation Interview, 2007
  • Instructional Videotape Series, ESS Science Pilot Program, Anchorage School District, 1970
  • "The Evolution of Support Guidelines", Scholarship Award, Sigma Delta Kappa Law Foundation Inc., 1991
  • "The Domestic Relations Preliminary Conference: Its Potential Power as the Court's Hidden ADR Asset", Scholarship Award, Sigma Delta Kappa Law Foundation, Inc., 1991
  • "Cigarette Litigation: Is The Tide Changing?", H. Schwabb Literary Contest, Honorable Mention, 1991
  • "From the Perspective Of A DRO Officer", Writs, Bucks County Bar Association Legal Reporter, 1992
  • "Self Help Guide to Support", Women's Commission Of Montgomery County, 1993
  • "Self Help Guide to Support", Brochure, Women's Commission Of Montgomery County, 1993
  • "Legal View", Family Law Videotape Series and Instructional TV Presentation, Women's Commission Of Montgomery County, 1993
  • Divorce and Equitable Distribution, 1997
  • "Act 58, The Reality of the Fantasy", Montgomery County Law Practicum Guide, 2000
  • "Casenote: Vacarello vs. Vacarello", Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, 2001
  • "Dischell's Troops Blast Canada", Sidebar Article, Montgomery Bar Association, 2002
  • "Common Law Marriage-For Better or For Worse", Sidebar Article, Montgomery Bar Association, 2003
  • "Processes in Divorce", Article, 2005
  • "Collaborative Practice Tips", Article, 2011
  • Parent Coordination Training, Association of Family Conciliation Courts
  • Arbitration Training, American Bar Association Section Of Family Law
  • "The Divorce Posse", Philadelphia Magazine, March, 2007
  • National Center for Mediation Education; Divorce Mediation, 1996
  • Divorce Arbitration Institute; American Bar Association, 1996
  • Microfocus On Transformative Process And Practice-Mediation, 2002
  • Mediation in the New Millennium, 2003
  • Collaborative Family Law Affiliates; Training in Collaborative Law, 2003
  • Looking Back, Looking forward; Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation, 2004
  • Domestic Violence Training, 2004
  • Advanced Custody Mediation Training: Parenting Statements, And Other Interactive Advanced Tools, 2006
  • Collaborative Family Law Affiliates; Advanced Training in Interest, Based Bargaining (Presenter and Author), 2008
  • AFCC Parenting Coordination Training, Working with High Conflict Families, 2008
  • Montgomery Conflict Mediation Center, Thirty-five Hour Elder Mediation Training, 2009

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Educational Background:

  • Kutztown University, B.S. in Elementary Education, Magna Cum Laude, 1970
  • University of Santa Clara, Graduate Courses, Learning Handicapped, 1980
Office Location for Maribeth Blessing

310 Huntingdon Pike
Rockledge, PA 19046

Phone: 215-663-9016

 

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Last Updated: 10/5/2017

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