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
Fax: 215-663-9019
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015, 2017 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (70%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (30%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
  • Virtual Appointments
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, and civil litigation. An accomplished mediator and collaborative family lawyer with almost three decades of legal experience, she also provides alternative dispute resolution services, including offering unbundled legal services, with the goal of settling out of court the majority of the family law cases she handles. 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
  • 70%Family Law
  • 30%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

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, Arbitration, Mediation

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015, 2017 - 2021

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About Maribeth Blessing

Admitted: 1991, Pennsylvania

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

Honors/Awards:

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

Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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

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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

Comments

  • “Maribeth is a wonderful family lawyer who successfully mediates some of the most difficult child custody and divorce cases.”
  • “An extremely smart, caring and ethical attorney. I would recommend her to anyone for divorce, custody, support or other matrimonial matters.”
  • “I have worked with Maribeth for over 20 years. We have been involved in a number of cases and in different capacities. She has successfully served as a mediator for families I have referred to her. She and I have worked as collaborative divorce counsel on three cases and we have been opposing counsel on litigated matters. Maribeth is strong, but compassionate, and rarely do I not learn something from her.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Maribeth Blessing

310 Huntingdon Pike
Rockledge, PA 19046

Phone: 215-663-9016

Fax: 215-663-9019

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