Conflict Resolution with Mediation or Collaborative Divorce
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.
You can't change the fact that people divorce but you can change the way they divorce. Using Alternative Dispute Resolution tools we will assist you in fashioning an Agreement with your spouse or partner which is right for your family. We strive to respect and understand your unique needs, including the financial and emotional needs. 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.
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.
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.
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.
A fresh approach for those seeking a divorce. Couples facing separation and divorce encounter many challenges, especially when children are involved.
The collaborative divorce process is the beginning of client empowerment. The client has the opportunity to assess the circumstances, evaluate options, and understand the consequences and choose the right settlement with the assistance of attorneys. The parties are the ones who determine how their case will be resolved not some third party who knows very little about them, their family or their needs.
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.
In the collaborative process, discovery is not dead it is simply renamed, streamlined and packaged in a way that finally makes sense. 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.
Corinne DeStefano believes, for so many reasons, that couples who get divorced using Collaborative Law make a much better choice for themselves and for their families than do those who choose a traditional courtroom divorce.
“Once people realize that a Collaborative divorce gives them extra financial and mental-health support, they will agree that it is the smarter decision,” she says.
Corinne grew up with a father who owned a manufacturing company, so after law school she assumed that she would practice business law. She began her legal career working for a corporate attorney in Newark, NJ. But, she said, because she was the only woman in the firm, she handled all of the divorce work that came in, and she was hooked on Family Law.
She left that firm when her oldest daughter was young, and began working for a firm in Madison, where she focused on Family Law, real estate transactions, and estates. This was where her firm belief--that Family Law should not be contentious and adversarial--began.
"Divorcing parents, unlike parties in most civil lawsuits who have no further contact with each other, have to continue their relationship," she said. “They need to co-parent and deal with each other for the rest of their lives or their kids’ lives.”
“You don’t want venom spewing,” she said.
Specializing in Family Law was “a learning process,” she said. In 1982, when she was a law student, there were few classes offered.
Now, she is the specialist, and she teaches students about the Collaborative Law process as an adjunct professor of Family Law in the Paralegal program at Fairleigh Dickinson, a guest speaker for the Collaborative unit of an alternative divorce resolution program at Seton Hall Law, and on business and community Collaborative Law panel discussions.
Her Mantra: Personal and economic dignity can remain intact after a divorce... Collaborative helps couples and families in crisis restructure their families as opposed to destroying them, so they can achieve lasting settlements with less stress and conflict.
“The Collaborative Process is a fresh approach to those facing the prospect of divorce,” she said. “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.”
We love our clients, so feel free to call us during normal business hours with any questions or concerns.
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