As the name suggests, collaborative divorce is a team approach that focuses on the future of the individuals and their children. Each party is represented by a specially-trained attorney in a non-adversarial manner and, when appropriate, collaboratively-trained financial advisors, child psychologists, family therapists, and other experts in their respective fields are brought in to assist with the process. As a result, private information is kept out of the public record, children are better protected, and soon-to-be ex-spouses have greater control over the end result. Parties agree from the start that the process will be fully handled outside the court system; however, in the event that litigation occurs, both collaborative divorce attorneys must resign and cannot represent their clients in the litigation.
Judith S. Charny has been practicing law in South Jersey since 1984 and established her own practice in 1999. Ms. Charny concentrates in divorce and family law, including collaborative law and divorce mediation.