Who is Eligible for Collaborative Divorce Process

Collaborative Divorce Law: Part II

In this second post on the subject of New Jersey collaborative divorce, we discuss which parties are most likely to benefit from the collaborative divorce process. To reiterate what was said in the last post on the subject, when parties not well suited for the collaborative divorce process nevertheless enter into the process, the outcome is often a divorce that is both more protracted and more expensive than the traditional divorce process.

Moreover, such parties will have saved themselves no aggravation and stress for having taken the collaborative detour; they in fact will experience more aggravation and stress than had they simply gone straight to the traditional divorce process.

With that sobering fact in mind, then, here are the basic characteristics that parties who are good candidates and eligible for collaborative divorce process tend to share:

What Types of Couples Are Eligible for Collaborative Divorce

Parties who are able to have civil conversations with one another; who share a commitment to get through the divorce process and on with their lives as quickly and amicably as possible; and who are committed to reaching a fair settlement with respect to the weightier issues that often attend divorce settlements: child support, custody and visitation; alimony; property division; etc.

It’s not just the husbands and wives who have to look inside themselves and at their soon to be former spouses in order to conduct an honest assessment of the suitability of the collaborative divorce process. Lawyers must be honest with themselves about their skill sets and proclivities and determine whether they can effectively represent a prospective party. The collaborative process represents a departure for many lawyers, who are more used to, and in any case may be more inclined toward, more adversarial processes.

In the next and last blog post in this series on the New Jersey collaborative divorce process, we will discuss how the collaborative process differs from mediation in the New Jersey divorce context.

Vincent DeLuca is an Experienced Collaborative Divorce Lawyer

Call Vincent C. DeLuca, Esquire to further discuss the collaborative divorce process. Vincent C. DeLuca of Villani & DeLuca, P.C., is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Matrimonial Attorney. Mr. DeLuca is one of a limited number of attorneys to hold the prestigious certification of Matrimonial Attorney in New Jersey. Mr. Deluca, whose practice is devoted to Family Law in Ocean County and Monmouth County, is one of only five Matrimonial Attorneys on the Roster of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law in Ocean County, New Jersey.  Call 732-965-3350 to speak with Mr. DeLuca.

For further information also see: Jersey Shore Collaborative Law Group