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Collaborative Divorce


Collaborative law, collaborative practice ,or collaborative divorce, is a faster, less stressful, more affordable and more dignified alternative to contested divorce. It is a new approach that helps couples reach a fair divorce settlement without litigation.

The spouses keep control of the process, with a focus on the future, and financial and other personal information remains private. Each spouse has his or her own attorney, but everyone works together cooperatively, which helps to resolve disputes respectfully and in a dignified, more productive manner. Time normally spent preparing for litigation is instead applied to negotiating a positive outcome for the whole family, which results in a much less stressful environment, especially for children.

Diagram comparing collaborative divorce to contensted divorce

The core principles of collaborative divorce are:

Collaborative divorce is an excellent alternative to contested divorce.
It is typically:


Once the parties reach a mutually agreeable settlement through conferences and discussions, the attorneys draft legally binding documents, which are then submitted to the Court. These documents typically include a Complaint for Divorce, a signed Matrimonial Settlement Agreement, and a Final Judgment of Divorce.

Collaborative Divorce vs. Divorce Mediation

In collaborative divorce, each spouse is represented in the negotiations by his or her own attorney. In divorce mediation, spouses negotiate on their own behalf with the discussion guided by a specially trained mediator who is thoroughly versed in the relevant law but does not provide legal advice or advocate for either party individually. What collaborative divorce and divorce mediation have in common is a commitment to reaching a fair settlement for the whole family. Both rely on the free and respectful exchange of key information.

A specially trained collaborative law attorney can help divorcing couples decide whether divorce mediation, collaborative divorce, or contested divorce is best in light of their particular circumstances.

For more information on collaborative divorce, visit The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

My offices are located in Wyckoff, Hackensack, Verona, and Totowa, New Jersey. Call 201-847-0814 to schedule your collaborative law consultation in any location most convenient for you.

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Should you require help with a divorce in central or southern New Jersey, consider the services of these highly trained collaborative law specialists:

Call 201-847-0814 to schedule your Free New Jersey divorce, divorce mediation or collaborative law introductory consultation.

Joseph C. Notoİis a Bergen County, Passaic County and Essex County NJ Divorce Attorney law firm. The family law firm concentrates on: Collaborative Divorce Attorney Services and Divorce Mediation Services by an experienced Divorce Mediator with family law offices in Hackensack, Wyckoff, Totowaİand Verona, New Jersey.

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We serve the following States, Cities, Zip Codes and Counties:
New Jersey (NJ), Bergen County, Passaic County, Hackensack 07601, Bergenfield 07621, Cliffside Park 07019, Dumont 07628, Edgewater 07020, Elmwood Park 07407, Emerson 07630, Englewood 07631, Englewood Cliffs 07632, Fair Lawn 07410, Fairview 07022, Fort Lee 07024, Franklin Lakes 07417, Garfield 07026, Glen Rock 07452, Harrington Park 07640, Hasbrouck Heights 07604, Ho-Ho-Kus 07423, Leonia 07605, Little Ferry 07643, Lodi 07644, Lyndhurst 07071, Mahwah 07495, Midland Park 07432, Moonachie 07074, New Milford 07646, North Arlington 07031, Northvale 07647, Norwood 07648, Oakland 07436, Old Tappan 07675, Oradell 07649, Palisades Park 07650, Paramus 07652, Park Ridge 07656, Ramsey 07446, Ridgefield 07657, Ridgefield Park 07660, Ridgewood 07451, River Edge 07661, River Vale 07675, Rochelle Park 07662, Rockleigh 07647, Rutherford 07070, Saddle Brook 07663, Saddle River 07458, South Hackensack 07606, Teaneck 07666, Tenafly 07670, Upper Saddle River 07458, Waldwick 07463, Wallington 07057, Twp of Washington 07676, Westwood 07675, Woodcliff Lake 07677, Wood Ridge 07075, Wyckoff 07481, Bogota 07603, Carlstadt 07072, Allendale 07401, Closter 07624, Cresskill 07626, Demarest 07627, Haworth 07641, Hillsdale 07642, East Rutherford 07073, Montvale 07645

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