Conflict Resolution with Mediation or Collaborative Divorce

667 Shunpike Road, Suite 5, Chatham, NJ 07928

(973) 665-4162

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A Fresh Approach to Divorce

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DeStefano Law, LLC

667 Shunpike Road, Suite 5, Chatham, New Jersey 07928

(973) 665-4162

Hours

Open today

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Our Practice

Practice Areas

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  • Matrimonial and Family Law
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Cooperative Divorce
  • Real Estate Law
  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Law
  • Italian Property Law


Our Approach

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At DeStefano Law  we specialize in finding the right resolution for you.  We are dedicated to understanding what results you want and to helping you understand what actions we can take on your behalf. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand the choices you are making and feel empowered to make them. Each situation is unique and we strive to tailor each settlement to you and your family's needs. 

Italian Property Law

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We have over 20 years of experience in advising individuals who own or have inherited property in Italy. Whether they wish to liquidate their holdings or need to have the property titled into their name, we will assist you through the process required in Italy.  We work in collaboration with Studio Maccallini to make the process seamless. Although Studio Maccallini's main office is in Rome, they service all of Italy. 

Estate Law

Consult with us regarding your estate planning needs. We are experienced in all aspects of Estate

We are experienced to assist you in all aspects of Estate Law. We will discuss your Estate planning needs, including preparation of your Last Will and Testament,  Power of Attorney, and Living Wills, also known as Healthcare Directive. After a loved one has dies, we may also assist in the Administration of an Estate , from Probate of the Will, to distribution of the Estate to the beneficiaries, and any accounting of assets and expenses needed.  We have almost 40 years of experience in Estate Law.

Mediation/Collaborative Divorce

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Using Alternative Dispute Resolution tools we will assist you in fashioning an Agreement with your spouse or partner which is right for your family. Couples facing separation and divorce encounter many challenges, especially when children are involved. Parents must resolve important issues with significant thought to the after-effects. By valuing the family unit, we encourage clients to pay attention to not only the economic costs of divorce, but also to the emotional costs. We achieve lasting settlements with less stress and conflict for all parties.  

Real Estate Law

Whether you are buying or selling a home we have are here to assist.

Whether you are buying, selling  or refinancing a home we are here to assist you through the entire transaction. From review of the Contract of Sale or the preparation of the Contract, through home inspection and finally to closing of title we will be with you at every step. 

Family Law

Mediation

Mediation is a voluntary and flexible process. The mediator is a neutral party who will assist the parties in fashioning their own agreement that is right for the parties. Unlike litigation, the mediation  process is confidential. The law is discussed and the parties will decide what is fair and equitable. A successful mediation will end with a Memorandum of Understanding that will be given to the parties' attorney to review and proceed with the Divorce Complaint and Final Judgment. 

Collaborative Divorce

A fresh approach for those seeking a divorce. Couples facing separation and divorce encounter many challenges, especially when children are involved. Collaborative Divorce is a voluntary process but one where collaboratively trained attorneys are present. We also use the assistance of a neutral financial professionals and mental health professional, as needed. These professionals become the Collaborative Team that will manage the process for the benefit of the parties.  The parties  agree not to litigate the matrimonial matter  and agree to work towards a settlement outside the court. The parties decide the outcome rather than a Judge. The parties and all the professionals will sign a Participation Agreement which sets forth how they will proceed.  Once an agreement is reached, the Complaint for Divorce will be filed and a Final Divorce obtained. If the Collaborative process breaks down and the parties decide to litigate, they must retain new attorneys to move forward with the litigation of the divorce.

Cooperative Divorce

Another conflict resolution tool is Cooperative Divorce. The attorneys and parties work together towards a settlement without resorting to litigation.  These attorneys are settlement oriented. The attorneys agree to work together with additional team members to obtain an agreement for the parties. If the parties cannot resolve their issues and decide to litigate, they do not need to retain new attorneys. 

Corinne M. DeStefano, Attorney and Mediator

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Corinne M. DeStefano received her B.A from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1979 and her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law in 1982. She was formerly a partner in Dalena, Dalena & DeStefano, P.C. from 1990 until 2014. She was associated with the firm of Dalena & Bosch, LLC as Of Counsel from 2014 until February 2019 when she opened her own firm of DeStefano Law, LLC. 


Ms. DeStefano is trained in Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce, and was previously President and Secretary of the New Jersey Collaborative Law Group and is a current Member of the Board of Trustees. She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section, and the Morris County Bar Association.  Ms. DeStefano is also an Adjunct Professor in the Paralegal Studies Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University as well as a speaker at Seton Hall School of Law on Collaborative Divorce in an Alternative Dispute Family Law course.  Ms. DeStefano is an active member of the Rotary Club of Madison.


In her Family Law practice, Ms. DeStefano has dedicated her efforts to helping individuals in crisis to restructure their families as opposed to destroying them. Her focus is on alternative dispute resolution rather than litigation.  She is committed to assisting her clients to reach agreements anShe has over 37 years of experience in family law, estate and real estate law and provides a high level of legal representation to her clients. 


Each situation is unique and she strives to tailor her approach to each client's needs.