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NJ considering adding collaborative family law


New Jersey residents who are going through a divorce may encounter many obstacles during the process. Proceedings can be different with each case. Anything that can help a divorce move along more quickly and with less complications can be a welcome addition.

The New Jersey Senate is moving a bill forward that will allow collaborate family law to occur as an alternative to traditional divorce proceedings. Collaborative family law is where the divorce parties sit face to face and negotiate the terms of their divorce. The spouses still have a lawyer to assist but they work out the terms of their divorce, including alimony and child-related issues with their spouse. Typically divorces that use collaborative family law take less time and also cost less money than divorces that are litigated. Also in litigated cases the parties involved may run the risk of having the judge decide things that they may not agree on. The bill has been sent to the Budget Committee because of its potential for court cost savings and will then be sent to the Assembly.

Families in New Jersey who are going through a divorce know how many legal issues can arise during the process. Issues such as property division, alimony and child support can be complicated and emotions can run high. A legal professional skilled in family law can help a person negotiate the process and help get a fair settlement.

Many New Jersey residents understand that anything that can be done to help make the divorce process less complicated is a welcome addition. Collaborative family law has the potential to speed up the divorce, help keep costs down, and make sure the settlement is fair.

Source: njspotlight.com, "Collaborative family law helps take litigation out of divorce," Bill Mooney, May 2, 2014

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