how we work

(step-by-step)

1.   Find a professional collaborative divorce attorney within the NJCLG network and contact him or her. NJCLG operates in all New Jersey Counties including Warren, Hunterdon, Passaic, Somerset, Morris, Sussex, Essex, Mercer and Union counties.

2.  The divorcing couple, with their collaborative professionals, meet to sign a Collaborative Law Participation Agreement. With their mutual endorsement of a “no-courtroom” settlement, the divorce process is “fast-tracked” toward a settlement. Spouses agree to communicate fully and frankly, to participate with integrity, and to negotiate in good faith. They are advised in the use of experts and other consultants to present their individual viewpoints. They are instructed in the limitations and confidentiality of the process, their rights and obligations during the pending settlement, and the legal enforceability of the final settlement. They are informed of reasons why either spouse or attorney can be disqualified and made to withdraw from the process, thereby terminating the agreement.

3.   In the next phasethe attorneys determine the scope of the case and refer the spouses to specific members of the NJCLG network, as needed. Urgent issues will be addressed immediately to stabilize the family situation.

4.   Since no two divorces are alike, the collaborative law process is customized according to each case’s unique conditions and circumstances - that is an advantage of collaborating. NJCLG professionals are committed to bring the case to a satisfactory close, in much less time and for substantially less cost than the adversarial trial method. Both spouses can be confident that their case will receive personalized attention every step of the way.

5.   Communication among your team members continues throughout the collaborative law process, including settlement conferences (instead of court appearances), telephone calls, and e-mail exchanges in order to move expeditiously toward the final settlement.

6.   The divorce settlement agreement is drafted and signed with the approval of both spouses.

7.   Lastly, the divorce is finalized by the court.