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Collaborative Law and Divorce

In a collaborative law case, husbands and wives are assistd by trained attorneys to reach a settlement with minimal animosity.  A structured and controlled setting encourages trust and objectivity in negotiating an agreement.  The process requires the parties to agree to settle at the outset.  The collaborative divorce permits the parties and the children move forward in an environment that protects their emotional wellness. 

I have been trained as collaborative lawyer.  With my past training as a mediator, I find the process of a collaborative divorce attractive.  The parties each have their own attorney providing them with guidance so that all decisions are made rationally and with the best information.  Confidentiality is easily maintained through an agreement.  A collaborative divorce will move on the parties clock and not be bound by artificial deadlines which are set by the courts.  Collaborative lawyers are tasked to be more creative in crafting settlment agreements that meet the needs of a family and not merely the interests of one party.  The parties share in the discussion and review of materials with their collaborative lawyers to facilitate finding the best solution to each and every issue that might be raised. 

Mediation:  Frequently Asked Questions

Mediation of divorce is the wave of the future.  Mediation is a much healthier process than litigation.  Agreements reached through mediation endure and provide for a much more secure and stable post-divorce era.  At Howes & Howes, I have successfully mediated divorces for many Central Jersey couples, and as a member of the Somerset County Early Settlement Panel, I have helped settle scores of divorce disputes.  What follows are some FAQ on mediation.

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What is collaborative divorce practice?

As part of my practice, I have been trained in Collaborative Practice.  Collaborative practice is an innovative approach to divorce that keeps the divorce process from tearing apart a family.  In collaborative law, we seek shared solutions that acknowledge the needs and priorities of everyone involved.

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What does a mediator do?

Mediation of divorces is the wave of the future in New Jersey.  Howes & Howes partner Kathy Howes offers divorce mediation.  Kathy Howes is an experienced divorce mediation and an experienced matrimonial attorney.  She knows the law and understands the human issues of divorce.  Kathy has successfully mediated divorces both as a court appointed mediator and as a private mediator.  This entry explains in a very basic way what a mediator does.

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