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CDANJ Retreat Victoria Smith JD

Joseph C. Noto, a collaborative divorce attorney in Bergen County and who is a Director and member of the Collaborartive Divorce Association of North Jersey (“CDANJ”), says he is going this coming Sunday, February 8, 2015, to the CDANJ annual retreat. The guest speaker is Victoria Smith, J.D., who is a Toronto family lawyer with over 30 years of experience, of which 13 years has been confined in her practice to settlement work – Collaborative Practice and Mediation.  Victoria Smith is a member of Chestnut Collaborative Solution, a group of 11 independent Collaborative Professionals inToronto.  She says her life work is to help her clients resolve conflict wisely and with dignity, and to support an evolution in the legal profession from adversarial advocacy to conflict resolution advocacy.  Joseph Noto says that among her many other achievments she is a member of the Board of Directors of Collaborative Practice Toronto and was a former director of the International Academy of Collaborartive Professionals.  She is an Adjunct Professor of Collaborative Lawyering at Osgoode Hall Law School and has written numerous articles on the Collaborative Practice. He looks forward to an exciting retreat and listen to what Victoria has to present.

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Snow Ridden 2015 Family Law Symposium

Joseph C. Noto, a Bergen County divorce attorney, attended the snow ridden 2015 Family Law Symposium with over 700 other lawyers.  The 2015 Family Law Symposium was delayed by one hour because of the snow but it still was held. He said it was a colossal success! Joseph Noto heard: (1) what a  panelist considered the Top 10 cases in 2014; (2) about the newly enacted Alimony Law Act; (3) about the recently enacted New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act; (4) about the status on a parent taking an infant outside of New Jersey; and (5) what is a spouse’s value in the other spouse’s or their family business.  Joseph Noto said it was vey well conducted and was a necessary thing to attend as a family law attorney to keep up to date on contnuously changing family law in New Jersey.

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2015 NJ Family Law Symposium

Joseph C. Noto, a divorce attorney in Bergen County, will be attending the 2015 NJ Family Law Symposium this comng Saturday, January 24, which is being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunwick. It is being presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Family Law Section.  He says that the Family Law Section reported that last year over 700 family law attorneys, judges, paralegals and other related professionals gave rave reviews to the last year’s sold out Family Law Symposium.  Joseph C. Noto attended last year’s Symposium and agrees whole heartredly with the raves. Joseph C. Noto said that at the 2015 program, the state’s leading family law experts will once again take him “beyond the basics” with what the Symposium says will be with thought provoking and insightfull presentations. The Symposium says it will be examining many of todays’ cutting edge issues as well as “outside the box” problems which a family law attorney is likely to confront.examining. Joseph C. Noto looks froward to another succesful Symposium and said he will keep you posted on how it went next week.

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introductory Interdisciplinary collaborative law training Joseph Noto

The Collaborative Divorce Association of North Jersey is holding it first Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law training on February 2, 9, and 10th at the Bergen County Bar Association located at 15 Bergen Street, Hackensack, NJ. This is the first time in New jersey that it will be for three (3) days and lawyers, mental health and financial people are welcome to attend. It costs $595.00 and you get a continental breakfast and lunch each day. The  trainers are: Joseph C. Noto, Esq., Adam J. Berner, Esq,, Shireen Meistrich, L.C.S.W., and Walter E. Loeffler, C.P.A. The times are from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. For lawyers there are 24 NJ CLE credits which are pending. If you are interested in attending contact Joseph Noto at 201-847 0999 for the application. It is limited to the first 25 that register.  Joseph Noto says that it is an intensive three (3) day training providing a sound foundation on the nuts and bolts of collaborative divorce with role play of a collaborative case including mental health professionals and financial professionals in the role play. The program will demonstrate and will train you in the concept and skills necessary for a succesful collaborative practice towards helping couples and their children reach optimal solutions.

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NJ Council of Collaborative Practice Groups party and Joseph Noto

Joseph Noto, a Bergen County collaborative divorce lawyer, attended on November 13,  a celebration of the passsing of the New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act.  The New Jersey Council of Collaborative Practice Groups recognized Asm. Patrick Diegnan for his outstanding leadership at a reception held at Olio’s in Woodbridge. Asm.  Diegnan was a prime sponsor and spearheaded passage of the New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act (NJFCLA) in the State Legislature.

The new law. P.L. 2014, C. 50, empowers families to divorce with dignity and self-esteem, without resort to conventional litigation.   The Act was widely praised by both parties and the law passed all legislative committees and both Houses without a single ‘no’ vote. And the new law gained widespread endorsement of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), New Jersey Law Revision Commission (NJLRC), and all five New Jersey Uniform Law Commissioners.

Joseph Noto also said that Asw. Schepisi, from Bergen County, said in her opening remarks upon receiving the Council’s award for her work on passage of the new Act: “Once the decision to divorce, there is an emotional and financial toll on couples and families. This new law empowers couples and families to divorce with dignity and respect, supporting them. It is a better solution to a very difficult problem.”

The NJ Council of Collaborative Practice Groups also recognized Thomas Lynch, Chief of Staff to Asm. Diegnan, and Laura C. Tharney, Esq., Executive Director of the NJ Law Revision Commission for their outstanding service.

The New Jersey Council of Collaborative Practice Groups supports excellence among the community of collaborative professionals, and promotes and expands the use of quality Collaborative Practice throughout New Jersey. The Council serves as a unified voice and central resource for education, training, networking and development of standards of practice as well as expanding public and professional awareness. Joseph Noto. a member of the Council’s legislative committee, said it was a fantastic party.

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NJ Psychological Association Fall Conference collaborative divorce Joseph Noto presentation

Joseph C. Noto, a Bergen County collaborative divorce lawyer, along with Jeryl Rempell, PHD. and Ken Rempell, Esq,,  presented to several psychologists of the New Jersey Psychological Association on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at its’ Fall Conference the benefits of the collaborative divorce process to their clients.  Joseph Noto said the pyschologists received a thorough understanding of the collaborartive divorce process as compared to litigation and mediation and why they felt this is the better way to divorce. There was an active participation by the attendees and Joseph Noto feels that they really recognized that they have an effective tool to present to their clients’ by recommending the use of the collaborative divorce process if their client is seeking a divorce rather than through the expensive and emotionally costly litigation process. They appreciated the benefits to the family, especially to the children of the marriage.

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NJ Family Collaborative Law Act signed

Joseph C. Noto, a Bergen County collaborative law divorce attorney, was happy to announce that the Governor signed into law the New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act, which is to be effective in early December of this year. This now is an other State approved alternative dipute resolution process which the parties may choose in addition to mediation before the parties go into litigation. Joseph Noto says to go to his website www.jnotoesq.com to learn more about the collaborative divorce process. If you are a candidate for this collaborative divorce process this is the way to go.  As a rule you save over 35% compared to the litigation process and it is faster, in the best interest of the family and you can do it without going to court.

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Bergen County Bar Association presentation on Collaborative law Act

Joseph C. Noto, a Bergen County collaborative law attorney, was a panel member, along with several other panel members who belong to the Collaborative Divorce Association of North Jersey group (“CDANJ”), explained to the attending Bergen County Bar Association members the benefits of the collaborative law process and provisions in the New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act that will be going into effect early December 2014. Joseph Noto said it went over very well and there may very well be several attorneys seeking to get trained by CDANJ this coming February 2015 in order to then become a member of CDANJ.

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Governor Christie signed the Alimony Bill

Joseph Noto, a Bergen County divorce lawyer, said that Governor Christie signed the Alimony bill, which law went into effective immediately. In essence it eliminated permant alimony and created duration alimony periods up to the length of the marriage. It also addresses, among other things, the meaning of a cohabitation and how do you do make a post judment motion for a change in circumsance in order to suspend or terminate alimony. Joseph Noto said to please keep your Case Information Statement when you got a divorce since it is needed in a Post Judgment divorce motion. Joseph Noto felt this was long overdue.

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NJ Family Collaborative Law Bill Joseph Noto Bergen County Collaborative Divorce Lawyer

Great News!! Joseph Noto, a Bergen County divorce lawyer who is on the New Jersey Council of Collaborative Practice Groups’ legislative committee, says that the NJ Senate and House of representives have voted unamlously to support the New Jersey Family Collaborative Law bill and it is on the Governor’s desk for approval.  We should know within 45 days if he will sign the bill. Joseph Noto, a collaborative divorce attorney, says that this Bill when passed will give the spouses of New Jersey a state endorsed alternative dispute resolution process before going to court to get divorced. This collaborative divorce process can only be done with collaboratively trained professionals such as Joseph Noto.  He looks forward to the bill being passed.

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