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North Jersey Collaborative Law Group Annual Retreat Joseph Noto collaborative divorce lawyer

Joseph Noto, a Bergen County collaborative divorce lawyer with the North Jersey Collaborative Law Group, attended the group’s annual retreat. The subject was “NARRATIVE UNDERSTANDING” and the facilitators were Danielle Spencer and Abby Rosmarin.  Joseph Noto said that In the workshop the group explored what is a narrative, why we create them, and how they work in order to enrich our understanding, our experiences, our selves and our clients.   We learned that before we can help our clients, we, in tandem with them, must first understand how they frame their experience.  Through a combination of discussion and exercises, including short writing prompts, we practiced  how to improve our narrative analytical skills.  The exercises helped to improve mutual understanding and collegiality in the group, and to spur creative reflection on our practice. 

Joseph Noto also said that “Through a narrative, we construct, reconstruct, in some ways reinvent yesterday and tomorrow. Memory and imagination fuse in the process.”

Joseph Noto said it was a fantastic annual retreat and looks forward to using this information in future collaborative divorce consultations. .  

 

 

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New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act Update Bergen County lawyer Joseph C. Noto

Joseph C. Noto, a Bergen County collaborative divorce lawyer, wants his blog viewers to know that on December 19, 2013A-4586  was introduced in the New Jersey State Legislature.  The bill is sponsored by Asm. Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield) Deputy Speaker/Parliamentarian and sponsor of the Uniform Mediation Act and the act that created a cause of action for irreconcilable differences.  Additional bi-partisan sponsors and co-sponsors include members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee are: 

Asm. Gordon Johnson (D-Teaneck) Assembly Majority Conference Leader and

  • Asw. Annette Quijano (D-Elizabeth)  Assembly Deputy Majority Leader
  • Asm. John McKeon (D-Madison), attorney and member of the Assembly Judiciary Committee 
  • Asw. Holly Schepisi (R-Westwood), attorney and member of the Assembly Judiciary Committee
  • Asm. Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris Plains) Republican Parliamentarian 

Joseph Noto, says that this is GREAT NEWS for the citizens of New Jersey!! He also states that It is anticipated that an identical Senate version of this bill will be introduced in the Senate before the end of the 215th State Legislature in January 2014. He will keep his viewers posted as further events occur.

 

 

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Collaborative divorce lawyer Joseph Noto Advance Training

Joseph C. Noto, a collaborative divorce lawyer in Bergen County, presented to a group of collaborative trained professionals advance training on the use of a “facilatator model” when conducting a collaborative divorce.  Joseph Noto explained that in his opinion this is the best model to use in a collaborative divorce.   A team of two (2) collaboratively trained attorneys, a financial person and a mental health professional (the “facilatator”) make up the team. The financial person and the mental health professional are neutrals in the collaborative divorce process and are also retained by the divorcing couples in this  process.  This works so well for the couple, since each discipline does what each does best during the three (3) stages of a divorce: (the legal, emotional and financial stages).  This interdisciplinary model allows the parties “to contol the content and process” while the team “controls the process.”  Joseph Noto says when you meet with a collaboratively trained divorce attorney see which model he/she uses before retaining them.  This model works best whether or not there are children involved and the costs are considerably less since you save money using the neutrals rather than have two (2) attorneys work with you on the collaborative divorce process during these three (3) stages of divorce.

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Bergen County Divorce Lawyer Joseph Noto NJ Family Collaborative Law Act

Collaborative divorce attorney Joseph C. Noto with an office in Bergen County, is on the NJ Council of Collaborative Practice Groups, as well as on the Council’s Legislative Committee to help get a bill passed regarding the NJ Family Collaborative Law Act.  Mr. Noto is very pleased with the current developments regarding the Bill since Mr. Noto says when the Bill becomes an Act it will have great significance to the public because it is a much better way to get divorced. The Counsil’s Legislative Committee has worked very hard in getting the Bill passed and has met with many NJ house and senate representatives to get co-sponsors for the bill.  Many of them have expressed real support of the Bill and have said they would co-sponsor it when the time comes for a vote.  Joseph Noto says he will keep his viewers apprised of further developments as they occur.

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Joseph C. Noto Bergen County collaborative divorce lawyer NJ Family Collaborative Law Act

Joseph C. Noto , a Bergen County collaborative divorce lawyer, wishes his blog followers to know about what is currently happening regarding the status of obtaining the NJ Family Collaborative Law Act. There was a COLLABORATIVE APPROACH  regarding this matter by … Continue reading

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Joseph C. Noto Bergen County Collaborative Divorce Lawyer Ethics

Joseph C. Noto, a Bergen County collaborative divorce lawyer, attended a ethics seminar presented by Larry Esposito, Esq., who is the president of the North Jersey  Collaborative Law Group.. Joseph Noto is also a long time Board member, as well … Continue reading

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Joseph C. Noto, Bergen County Collaborative Divorce attorney, Basic Interdisci;oinary Collaborative Law Training

Joseph C. Noto, a Bergen County Collaborative divorce lawyer, wants his followers to know that there will be a Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training Course held on June 1 and June 15 at The Center for Mediation and Collaborative Divorce located in Monmouth County. For information please call (732) 556-0240.  There is limited space and if a person signs up before May 15 there is a $60.00 savings. The trainers are: Joseph C. Noto, Esq., Linda Piff, Esq., Anna-Maria Pittella,Esq., Ann Marie O’hare, CPA, CFF, CDFA, and Madeleine Muise, LCSW.

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Joseph C. Noto, Divorce Lawyers Bergen County, NJ Collaborative Practice Groups Legislative Committee

Joseph C. Noto, a collaborative divorce lawyer in Bergen County, is now a member of the NJ Council of Collaborative Practice Groups Legislative Committee, along with seven (7) other collaborative divorce lawyers and a financial and mental health professional. The New Jersey Council of Collaborative Practice Groups, (the “Council”),  held its third annual retreat on April 25, 2013.  98 collaboratively trained professionals attended, which attendees included 58 collaboratively trained divorce lawyers. Joseph Noto explained that there were two speakers. The first speaker, Marna L. Brown, Esq, Counsel, who is from the New Jersey Law Revision Committee, explained the Proposed New Jersey Revision of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act and was asking for comments from all of the Council’s members to be submitted to her for the Law Revison Commission to consider when finalizing the Collaborative Law Act. The second speaker was Valerie Brown, Esq.   Valerie Brown, Esq. is a lawyer, mediator and lobbyist. She was introduced to the attendees as the Council’s lobbyist regarding the proposed finalizing of the Collaborative Law Act.  She explained her role as a lobbyist and said that she has never had one matter fail when she was a lobbyist.  She could not state how long it would take to get it passed and that Patience is needed by all of the collaborative trained professionals while this process is going on. She said seven (7)  states and Washington D.C. have passed similar Uniform Collaborative Law acts,  some taking two (2) years and one (1) up to five years to get it enacted.  Joseph C. Noto, will be the Council’s Legislative Committee contact person for the North Jersey Collaborative Practice Group, based out of Bergen County. Joseph Noto said that the collaborative divorce lawyers that attended were very enthusiastic about how the retreat went.

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Joseph C. Noto Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Bergen County Proposed NJ Family Collaborative Law Act

Joseph C. Noto, a Bergen County Collaborative Divorce Lawer, wants the public to know tthat the NJ Council of Collaborative Practice Groups has retained a lobbyist, Valerie Brown. to help the Council in the passage of the NJ Family Collaborative Law Act. (“NJFCLA”). She was instrumental in the  passage of the Uniform Mediation Act in NJ. If anyone knows a politician that may be willing to endorse the Act please contact Joseph C. Noto at jnotoesq@optonline.net.  Joe Noto says it would be greatly appreciated by the Council. Mr. Noto will keep his blog followers posted on the status of the same. The Council consists of 8 collaborative practice groups in NJ with over 200 members in the various disciplines of lawyer, financial, mental health professionals and advisors, all of whom are trained in the collaborative law process.

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Joseph C. Noto Bergen County Divorce Attorney North Jersey Collaborative Law Group Board member

Joseph C. Noto, announces that the North Jersey Collaborative Law Group has elected its new officers and Board Members for the upcoming year. Mr. Noto a divorce attorney in Bergen county has been a member of the Board when it was formed 7 years ago. The newly elected President is Larry Esposito, Esq,; the Vice President is Cathy J. Pollak, Esq.; Treasurer: Walter Loeffler, CPA/ABV, CFF, CVA; and Secretary: Adam Berner, Esq. The Board now has ten (10) members of which Joseph C. Noto continues to be a member. They are: Larry Esposito, Esq.; Cathy Pollack, Esq.; Adam Berner, Esq.; Mitchell S. Arons, Esq.; Sharon Clancy, Esq.; Laura Van Tassel, Esq.; Joseph C. Noto, Esq.; Sharon Klempner, LCSW, BCD;  Shireen B. Meistrich, LCSW and  Walter Loeffler, CPA/ABV, CFF, CVA.  Everyone will serve a one (1) year term.  All the Board members are collaboratively trained professionals and have a strong belief that the ccollaborative divorce process is the best way to go if the spouses are candidates for this process. The North Jersey Collaborative Law Group has twenty four (24) collaborative trained divorce attorneys; six (6) collaboratively trained Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and three (3) Financial professionals. It continuously hold seminars to further educate its members in the collaborative divorce process and Mr. Noto says the Group is a moving force in New Jersey in the collaborative law process.

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