Divorce Without Disaster: Mediation or Collaborative Divorce. Approaches to Divorce that Will Save You Money and Time.

Mediation and Collaborative Divorce are two alternative  divorce processes that allow divorcing couples to reach a settlement with minimal antagonism in a setting outside of the Court House.   Legal costs can be contained and their divorce settlement agreements are usually reached more efficiently. Attorneys who practice Mediation and Collaborative Divorce recognize that the end of a marriage is not the end of a family, it is simply a restructuring of the family. Divorcing couples who are involved in either a...
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How to Talk to Your Spouse about a Collaborative Divorce

It takes two (2) people to have a Collaborative Divorce. Both parties need to hire collaboratively trained attorneys. If you decide to pursue the Collaborative Process to divorce, how can you get your spouse to agree? First and foremost share information with your spouse. I recommend a book entitled “The Collaborative Way to Divorce”, by Stuart G. Webb and Ronald D. Ousky.  The book discusses the entire collaborative process and is an easy read. Also, the website for the National...
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Three Important Things To Do Before Filing For Divorce

1. Educate yourself about different divorce options and how suitable they are for you. Have you and your spouse discussed and agreed upon your divorce? A.  A “Kitchen Table” divorce may be for you. The words kitchen table refer to working out an uncomplicated division of assets and support at your kitchen table and then have an attorney write up the terms of the Agreement. This is the least expensive type of divorce. But it is not for everyone. B....
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The Time Is Now To Choose Collaborative Divorce

The only hope for the future is in a change of our consciousness and the change is bound to come. But it is left to us to decide if we will collaborate for this change or if it will have to be enforced upon us by the power of crashing circumstances.So, wake up and collaborate! August 1964, from Rays of Light If you allow your divorce to be decided by a person in a black robe after being in the If you...
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Do You Really Want A Stranger Deciding What’s Best For Your Children?

Most parents would never dream of ever handing over the future financial security and child-rearing decisions affecting their children to a stranger. Yet, so many do just that when they go through the traditional divorce process. It was never their intention to put these decisions in the hands of a judge, but that is what happens in many cases when a divorce becomes adversarial. When tensions run high and accusations start flying, the natural reaction is to defend oneself. The...
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Protecting Your Privacy and Keeping Your Divorce Confidential

No one wants their dirty laundry aired before the public. We have all seen what can happen when the details of divorce can become public information. In this recent episode of New Jersey Divorce Talk Radio, Anna-Maria Pitella, Esq. and John Caroli are talking about how to protect your privacy during divorce.  
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