Collaborative Divorce Bill Cleared by Committee, Heads to Full N.J. Senate

, New Jersey Law Journal


New Jersey is moving closer to a method of divorce fashioned in meeting rooms rather than courtrooms.

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  • JeffFACE

    I don‘t understand why this law is needed. Collaborative law has existed for years. Any divorcing spouses are free to use colaborative law lawyers right now. What will be different after this law is passed?

    In fact, cooperative divorcing spouses are free to get divorced with no lawyers. Why pay any lawyers at all (except, perhaps, for a review of the proposed settlement agreement before it is finalized).

    But, divorcing spouses CAN‘T cooperate. That‘s why they‘re getting divorced. At least one of them had unrealistic expectations of the marriage, thinks she is still an attractive twenty-something year-old, and expects her ex-spouse to drop dead, drop out of her life, but keep sending the checks.

    What is really needed is the Equal Rights Amendment. Women will never be truly "equal" until men have at home -- and in family court -- the equality that women seek in the workplace.

  • irwin Ironstone

    Not what I would try to pass. It still requires attorneys to work out the details. Attorneys tend to lead to arguments and costs. Additionally, there is nothing in this bill related to shared parenting or collaborative parenting. The other issue is that the law makes no mention of what it really costs to raise children. In NJ as in many other states, after a divorce parents may be required to pay college expenses. In an intact family, there is no requirement to pay for college or living expenses after a child reaches majority.
    There is no mention about what happens when a child is alienated from a parent. To prevent alienation, there should be penalties associated with child support. Possibly drop it to the same amount that New Jersey pays to parents for children on public assistance? In many instances, the best interest of a child is to have two parents involved in his/her day to day activities. This does not happen - The system is broken, and has been broken for years.

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