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Collaborative Divorce A New and Better Way

Your marriage may end in divorce but doesn’t have to end in a courtroom battle.
Collaborative law is a legal process that helps couples avoid the expensive and uncertain outcome of a court battle. Collaborative Divorce enables the professionals to help the parties craft a settlement that best meets their individual needs as well as the needs of their children.

Divorces are as varied and complex as the individuals involved. Temperament, family and financial obligations and the division of assets can create overwhelming stress, fear and anxiety.

It does not have to be this way.

Non-adversarial in nature, the new Collaborative Law approach is designed to minimize conflict. The New Jersey Collaborative Law Group brings a skilled, highly trained, interdisciplinary team of lawyers, mental health/divorce coach and financial advisors to the process.

This interdisciplinary disciplinary approach can continue to provide your family a framework to carry into the future.

The Collaborative Divorce process places an emphasis on the emotional needs of the divorcing parties and their children. The parents work together as a family unit even though they are divorced.

Collaboration, communication, cooperation
The New Jersey Collaborative Law Group emphasizes communication and cooperation rather than conflict.

The difference between Collaborative Divorce and traditional divorce is profound. The benefits are clear in terms of reaching a mutually agreed upon resolution and maintaining ongoing positive relationships within the family.

Settlements can be quicker and less costly than traditional divorces. They are more fair since the stated goal of Collaborative Divorce is making sure each party has a say in what they need.  Children’s emotional needs are better assessed and taken into account during the process and are more likely to be met.

A significant outcome of the new Collaborative Law process is that it provides a cooperative template for future negotiations should issues arise.

A collaborative family law practice for New Jersey
The New Jersey Collaborative Law Group (NJCLG) offers an effective, humane alternative to litigation or mediation, as well as the costly fees associated with trial law and the courtroom. We are a group of collaboratively trained attorneys, financial professionals and licensed mental health specialists.. Should your circumstances require them, appraisers, mortgage consultants, and vocational experts will contribute their skills to ensuring that there is a rewarding life after divorce – for you, your spouse, and your family.

While we specialize in divorce, The New Jersey Collaborative Law Group is competent in every field of family law. Prenuptial and non-marital cohabitation agreements, domestic partnerships, guardianships, paternity, child custody and support issues – all can be efficiently resolved by a NJCLG team, to the satisfaction of all parties. Our collaborative law practice serves New Jersey’s Essex, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties. If you are facing divorce or any other family law matter, we encourage you to contact a NJCLG professional.

Most Recent Blog
Untying the Knot: Children & Divorce, Minimizing the Impact

By Susan J. Friedman, LCSW, DVS, BCD, Relationship Counseling

Decades of research shows that the most critical factor in how children cope with a divorce is the behavior of the parents. It is the parent’s behavior in response to divorce, rather than the divorce itself, that has the greatest and most important long-term impact on the children. As a divorcing parent it is important to recognize the reality that the divorce changes but does not end your relationship with your ex-spouse. What children need is open access to both parents as that provides children the stability they require. Every child deserves the best possible relationship with their parent. The better divorcing parents can collaborate on the changes they and their children will face, the better off they and their children will be.

When meeting with divorcing parents I ask them to ask themselves the following two questions:

  1. Can I say that I am working to be the best parent I can for my child?
  2. Can I say that I am doing everything I can to encourage my child to have the best relationship with the co-parent?

Parents rarely struggle with question one. Question two is often much more problematic. Two examples are: “That is really hard to do when his Dad says he will pick him up at the soccer game but always comes late;” or “Her Mom is so inconsistent. She will say that she is grounded for the weekend because of poor grades and then she Read the rest


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