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Archive for the ‘Collaborative Family Law’ Category

Joseph Noto, a collaborative divorce lawyer, says:Collaborative divorce is the new and better way to go

Posted by jnotoesq on October 2, 2012

Joseph C. Noto, a collaborative divorce attorney, says to call him to see if you are a candidate for the new and better way to get a divorce.  As a rule you save money and time with the collaborative divorce process and it is best for the family.  It works on “trust and transparency” and can only be done with a collaboratively trained attorney.  Go to his web site:  jnotoesq.com and find an office convenient for you  in Bergen, Passaic or Essex county.  Joseph C Noto thinks that you will agree with him that the collaborative divorce process is the better way to go!!!  It truly is a new path to respecful resolutions.

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Interdisciplinary collaborative divorce law training successful!!

Posted by jnotoesq on April 3, 2011

Linda Piff and I completed a successful training of 27 collaborative professionals this weekend. There are now 13 more collaborative divorce lawyers in New Jersey and Pa.

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an inspirational definition of the “paradigm shift”

Posted by jnotoesq on May 22, 2010

For an inspirational defi nition of the “paradigm shift” see Pauline Tesler, shift refers to the alteration in consciousness whereby lawyers retool themselves from the adversarial to collaborative lawyers. The paradigm first requires the lawyer to become aware of unconscious adversarial habits of speech as well as automatic adversarial thoughtforms, reactions, and behaviors. The second step of the paradigm shift is to adopt the beginner’s mind, learning new ways of thinking, speaking and behaving as a collaborative lawyer.” (pp 79-80).Collaborative Law, 2nd Edition (ABA 2008): “The paradigm

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Suggestions for Effective Negotiations In The Collaborative Divorce Process

Posted by jnotoesq on May 22, 2010

Suggestions for Effective Negotiations In The Collaborative Divorce Process

April 6th, 2010 · No Comments

The collaborative divorce process works best if, at the start of the process, all participants, including the divorcing couple and their lawyers, give each other permission to comment tactfully and constructively when the following suggestions for effective negotiations are not being applied:

  1. View your “ex” as a vital problem-solving colleague in collaborative negotiations.
  2. Be constructive. Always focus on achieving goals that are consistent with your interests and principles. Act in ways that you believe could help reach a solution.
  3. Take responsibility for your feelings and do not allow your feelings to dictate your actions.
  4. Avoid using inflammatory language and gestures. Critical speech, blame, the use of sarcastic inflections and accusatory looks, can all cause a spiral of unproductive conversation.
  5. Only make “I” statements. “I” statements express your own underlying concerns or feelings; they do not describe your partner or his/her actions.
  6. The collaborative process is completely voluntary. That means the parties are free to terminate the process at any time. The awareness that they have the right to stop at any time gives both parties the freedom to consider all options without feeling coerced or trapped.
  7. Be creative. Attempt to think “outside of the box.” “Brainstorm” potential options and develop as many choices as possible. Gather more information, and then reconsider your original ideas.
  8. Remember that both you and your spouse are going through a difficult transition. Sometimes the difficulties are greater for one person than the other. Be respectful of the difficulties your spouse experiences in making the transition. Consider the possibility that each of you is doing the best that you can.
  9. Collaboration does not imply an absence of conflict. Consider conflict as an opportunity to be creative. Collaborative Law provides an opportunity to approach potential conflict with a constructive, solution-oriented attitude.
  10. Listen carefully to your partner. It is very important that you try to understand what matters to your partner, and why. True collaboration implies that everyone in the process will attempt to find resolutions that encompass as much as possible of what is important to each of you.
  11. Be optimistic! While there is no guarantee that the collaborative process will be effortless or without difficulty, a mutually acceptable result is possible with diligence and effort.

Source: Pauline Tesler, Collaborative Legal Practice Institute, Mill Valley, California

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My new blog

Posted by jnotoesq on May 2, 2010

I am really learning about blogging.

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