Collaborative Law

New Jersey Collaborative Law

Crowded court dockets, a lack of privacy, and contentious sparring with your spouse over life-altering issues fuel the high stress levels of divorce.

But if a couple is a good candidate for uncontested divorce, the following alternative dispute resolution methods hold the line on legal costs and promote productive, amicable negotiations:

  • Mediation: A neutral person facilitates negotiations between divorcing spouses to help them arrive at their own agreement on how to settle their divorce.
  • Arbitration: Each party retains a lawyer who advocates their interests and facilitates a four-way negotiation towards an agreement.
  • Binding arbitration: The parties present their case to an independent decision maker who makes legally binding decisions about disputed issues.

Understanding New Jersey collaborative law

Alternative dispute resolution protects confidentiality, and couples only go to court to finalize their agreement.  Since both parties make compromises and contribute to the agreement, they are more likely to comply with the settlement terms.  This spirit of cooperation carries over beyond the divorce, benefitting on-going relationships between family members.  Arbitration provides strong financial incentives for the divorcing couple and their New Jersey collaborative attorneys to reach a mutually beneficial out-of-court settlement.  The process works this way:

  • Each spouse hires a lawyer to advocate for his or her interests during the negotiations.
  • Their New Jersey collaborative lawyers agree to withdraw from the case if their clients decide to take the fight to court.
  • The spouses agree to hire new lawyers and start over if the case goes to court.
  • The parties agree to open communications and information sharing.
  • They agree upfront to resolve their differences in a reasonable, respectful manner.

To reach a successful settlement, couples using arbitration must make compromises and fully cooperate.  If one or both spouses are unwilling to yield on one or more key issues, arbitration must start over in traditional divorce court.

Also, if either party must seek a court-enforced order of protection against abuse, or to ensure financial disclosures through discovery, then divorce court offers those protections.

Contact our divorce law firm in New Jersey

Adinolfi & Lieberman, P.A. collaborative lawyers in New Jersey leverage their extensive experience to give you valuable insight into the challenges and strengths of your case. We can also organize a team of child psychologists, mental health therapists, and financial experts to provide valuable advice that keeps the arbitration process focused on effective solutions.

If you are looking for a highly credentialed, well-respected New Jersey collaborative family law firm, please call Cheryl Betten, the Firm Administrator for the Haddonfield, NJ offices of Adinolfi & Lieberman, P.A., at 856-428-8334 ext. 258, or use our online contact form to schedule your initial consultation to discuss your immediate legal needs in a personal and confidential setting.

A divorce attorney or child custody lawyer from the Haddonfield, NJ offices of Adinolfi & Lieberman, P.A. can provide legal advice and representation to clients throughout Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Pennsauken, Mount Holly, Pemberton, Northfield, Mays Landing, Riverside, Voorhees, Moorestown, Mullica Hill, Princeton, Marlton, Medford, Washington Township, Pitman, Woodbury, Mt. Laurel, Atlantic City, Vineland and all of Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester, Burlington and Camden County.