A different way to divorce: supportive, considerate, sensible, constructive, mutual.
Working together for a better outcome
When it comes to divorce, there is no one single method or process. Depending on your needs and desires, you can choose between many different methods when starting your divorce process. You can choose Litigation, Mediation, or Divorce Negotiation (with or without family lawyers). And now, you have a new option: You can Collaborate!
What is collaborative divorce?
The New Jersey Family Law Act now recognizes Collaborative Practice, giving you a new divorce method with strategies to dissolve your marriage together in a collaborative way. Collaboratively trained attorneys and their clients can meet with collaboratively trained mental health/child specialists and financial neutrals in a process that has been proven to reduce conflict, preserve families, and promote lasting marital settlement agreements.
What makes collaborative practice different?
One of the best things about collaborative practice is that it is a private process, done far away from the courts, that can still result in a complete and legal Settlement Agreement. You and your spouse will set the agenda and the pace of the process. You will have access to mental health and child support services that will help keep emotions at a minimum to address your child support and child custody issues and concerns. Your financial neutral will help you develop budgets and address the multitude of complex financial issues that can emerge during a divorce.
During the collaborative divorce process, you and your spouse will have your own separate attorneys, while the mental health and financial neutrals will serve both individuals. Best of all, with your settlement agreement already completed, any court time will be minimal! It’s usually only a 15-minute hearing to finalize your uncontested divorce.
Heather C. Keith, Esq. is an attorney trained in Collaborative Practice. If you have any questions about collaborative practice, what it means to work with a collaboratively trained lawyer, or have any other areas of concern involving divorce and family law, please feel free to call Keith Family Law Group for a legal consult. Through collaborative law, you and your spouse will be able to work together and find resolutions to the tough emotional, financial, and family issues that can come up during a divorce.
Keith Family Law Group is a full service family law practice in Westfield, New Jersey that serves clients from Union County, Essex County, Hudson County, Morris County, Hunterdon County, Somerset County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, and Warren County.
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Our Family Law Services
Divorce & Separation
We provide expert legal guidance through the entire divorce process, from a period of separation to the time when the divorce is finalized.
Our divorce mediation services provide the expert help you need in devising a settlement agreement that both parties can live with.
Alimony can be an emotional and complex component of divorce. We can help negotiate an acceptable outcome for everyone involved.
Let us guide you through the often sensitive and nuanced child custody process to ensure your child's best interests are being met.
Get the help you need to ensure all marital assets – regardless of title – are distributed in an equitable manner between the parties involved.
Receive the legal assistance you need in order to get you and your children out of a domestic violence situation and into safety.
We provide individualized legal counsel to help you determine your best course of action for when you must step into someone else's shoes.
Wills & Powers of Attorney
Eliminate any uncertainty about your wishes after you have passed on or designate someone in advance to legally handle your affairs.