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Are you looking to avoid litigation during your uncontested divorce?

Consider collaborative divorce as a viable option

collaborative divorce

Collaborative divorce, also known as collaborative law, is a faster, less stressful, more affordable and more dignified alternative to contested divorce. This better approach helps couples reach a fair divorce settlement without litigation.

collaborative divorce


The Core Principles of Collaborative Divorce are:

  • A “no-court” pledge; if the parties can’t agree, the collaborative law attorneys withdraw from the matter.
  • Open communication and information sharing; both spouses agree to provide all relevant documents and information to each other and their respective collaborative divorce lawyers.
  • Reaching a resolution that meets the essential needs of both spouses and their children.


Collaborative divorce is an excellent alternative to contested divorce since it is typically:

  • Less time-consuming and more cost-effective than divorce via traditional family law methods. Collaborative divorce typically saves couples 35% of what it would cost for a contested divorce.
  • A more positive atmosphere for settlement in which both parties retain control of the process and everyone is fully and respectfully involved.
  • A level playing field where neither spouse is disadvantaged by a lack of funds for legal fees.
  • Less fraught with fear and anxiety.

What is the Collaborative Divorce Process?

Once both spouses reach a mutually agreeable settlement through joint conferences and discussions between themselves and their divorce lawyers, the collaborative divorce attorneys then draft legally binding documents, which are submitted to the court. These documents typically include a Complaint for Divorce, a signed Matrimonial Settlement Agreement, and a Final Judgment of Divorce.

Collaborative Divorce vs. Divorce Mediation

In collaborative divorce, each spouse is represented in the negotiations by his or her own collaborative divorce lawyer. Comparatively, in divorce mediation, spouses negotiate on their own behalf with the discussion guided by a specially trained divorce mediator who is thoroughly versed in the relevant law but does not advocate for either party individually. Note: For the collaborative divorce process, you can only use collaboratively-trained divorce lawyers. What collaborative divorce and divorce mediation have in common is a commitment to reaching a fair, uncontested divorce settlement for the whole family. Both rely on the free and respectful exchange of key information between spouses. A specially trained collaborative divorce lawyer can help divorcing couples decide whether divorce mediation, collaborative divorce, or contested divorce is best in light of their particular circumstances.For more information on collaborative divorce, visit The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Need a divorce lawyer and not sure if divorce mediation,
collaborative divorce or contested divorce is best for you and your family?

Call Joe Noto ESQ for your free consultation to assist you in deciding
which best fits your needs: 201-847-0814

Bergen County, NJ Divorce Attorney Joe Noto ESQ. Collaborative Law Credentials:

  • Co-founder and first President of the New Jersey Collaborative Law Group
  • Co-founder and member of New Jersey Council of Collaborative Practice Groups
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Trainer
  • Trustee and Board Member, North Jersey Collaborative Practice Group
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Advanced Interdisciplinary Training with Stuart T. Webb and Associates, 2007
  • Intermediate Interdisciplinary Training with Susan Gamache and Associates, 2007

Other Recommended Attorneys:

Should you require help with a divorce in central or southern New Jersey, consider the services of these highly trained collaborative divorce lawyers:

  • Linda Piff, Esq. PC: http://lindapiff.com Wall Township (Certified Divorce Mediator and Collaborative Law certifications 2005-2007)
  • Donald D. Vanarelli: http://www.dvanarelli.com Westfield (Certified Elder Law Attorney, Accredited Professional Mediator and trained Collaborative Law attorney)

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Joe Noto services the following States, Cities, Zip Codes and Counties:
New Jersey (NJ), Bergen County, Passaic County, Hackensack 07601, Bergenfield 07621, Cliffside Park 07019, Dumont 07628, Edgewater 07020, Elmwood Park 07407, Emerson 07630, Englewood 07631, Englewood Cliffs 07632, Fair Lawn 07410, Fairview 07022, Fort Lee 07024, Franklin Lakes 07417, Garfield 07026, Glen Rock 07452, Harrington Park 07640, Hasbrouck Heights 07604, Ho-Ho-Kus 07423, Leonia 07605, Little Ferry 07643, Lodi 07644, Lyndhurst 07071, Mahwah 07495, Midland Park 07432, Moonachie 07074, New Milford 07646, North Arlington 07031, Northvale 07647, Norwood 07648, Oakland 07436, Old Tappan 07675, Oradell 07649, Palisades Park 07650, Paramus 07652, Park Ridge 07656, Ramsey 07446, Ridgefield 07657, Ridgefield Park 07660, Ridgewood 07451, River Edge 07661, River Vale 07675, Rochelle Park 07662, Rockleigh 07647, Rutherford 07070, Saddle Brook 07663, Saddle River 07458, South Hackensack 07606, Teaneck 07666, Tenafly 07670, Upper Saddle River 07458, Waldwick 07463, Wallington 07057, Twp of Washington 07676, Westwood 07675, Woodcliff Lake 07677, Wood Ridge 07075, Wyckoff 07481, Bogota 07603, Carlstadt 07072, Allendale 07401, Closter 07624, Cresskill 07626, Demarest 07627, Haworth 07641, Hillsdale 07642, East Rutherford 07073, Montvale 07645