When many people hear the word “divorce,” they envision a couple engaged in a lengthy courtroom battle over property division and child custody. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are alternatives to a contentious divorce trial that can not only save time and money, but can also work to create or preserve amicable relationships. Collaborative law may be the answer for couples willing to negotiate the terms of their divorce in an alternative forum. At the New Jersey Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Goldblatt Esq., attorney Jeffrey W. Goldblatt has practiced family law for more than 30 years. Having guided clients through divorces of all kinds, he has come to believe ending a marriage through collaborative law is often in the best interest of everyone involved. 732-238-8700 East Brunswick | 732-780-9333 Freehold | Fill out our online intake form
What Is Collaborative Law?
Along with divorce mediation, collaborative law is a relatively new way of handling the legal issues raised by divorce. In a collaborative divorce, the divorcing spouses must agree to resolve their differences through negotiation. They must be motivated to resolve issues without resorting to the courts. In fact, each spouse is asked to pledge not to proceed to trial. Each party is represented by an attorney of his or her own choosing. The parties meet to negotiate a divorce agreement that will be presented to the court and become legally binding. The agreement addresses all divorce-related issues, including: division of marital property, alimony/spousal support, child custody, parenting time, and child support. If the need arises, other professionals may be called in to provide guidance. Mental health professionals are able to deal with emotional conflict or children's issues. Financial professionals may offer suggestions with regard to complicated issues of asset distribution or support.
Why Choose Collaborative Law?
Collaborative law allows the parties to control the outcome of their case rather than leaving it in the hands of a judge who is not familiar with their circumstances and may not be sensitive to their needs. Issues are discussed and resolved in a nonadversarial manner. Collaborative law is often quicker and easier and can be less expensive than traditional methods of marriage dissolution. There are no courtroom confrontations. Contact Us Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Goldblatt Esq. to arrange a consultation at our Freehold or East Brunswick law offices. We understand the time constraints many families face and make ourselves available for evening and weekend appointments, as needed.
Goals of Collaborative Law
The goal of the collaborative process is to allow divorcing couples to protect the interests of their children while continuing to maintain positive relationships. The parties are able to amicably resolve their differences in a neutral setting in an efficient manner. Children are always our number one priority. By utilizing the collaborative process, parents are able to maintain quality relationships with their children. Contact our offices in order to discuss whether a collaborative divorce may be right for you.