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Is Your Divorce Attorney Trained in Collaborative Law?

Apr 7, 2015 | Written by: Diana N. Fredericks, Esq. |

In September 2014, the Collaborative Law Act was passed in New Jersey. Since the passage of this law, there has been a surge in inquiries by prospective clients seeking to understand what Collaborative Law means and how it can apply to their divorce. Additionally, many attorneys have promoted themselves as “collaborative”.

At the present time, the Collaborative Law Act does not require an attorney to have collaborative law training in order to participate in a collaborative divorce and represent clients as such. However, this training is vital to understanding the paradigm shift from litigation to collaboration and to effectively participate in this process. When consulting with a prospective attorney, be sure to ask whether he or she has been trained in collaborative law by a certified provider.

For those interested in learning more about the collaborative divorce process, A Safe Place is a twenty-minute film following the true life story of one couple as they proceed through their own collaborative divorce.

Diana N. Fredericks, Esq., is a partner with the firm, devoting her practice solely to family law matters.  Ms. Fredericks is a Collaboratively Trained Divorce Attorney. In 2015, Ms. Fredericks was named to the NJ Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list. Should you wish to schedule a consultation to inquire about Collaborative or other family law matters, please contact Ms. Fredericks at or 908-735-5161.