Founded in 2005, the JSCLG is a business organization created to provide a platform for the implementation, development and promotion of the use of the collaborative legal process to resolve divorces and other family law related disputes. The group brings together matrimonial attorneys, financial professionals and mental health professionals to foster the growth of the collaborative divorce process in New Jersey.
The first organization of its kind in New Jersey, the members of the JSCLG consider themselves pioneers in the field of collaborative law here in New Jersey. Indeed, the JSCLG initiated application and was the driving force behind the promulgation of Opinion 699 by the New Jersey Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, one of the first comprehensive ethics opinions issued anywhere in the nation supporting the concept of collaborative law divorces.
The JSCLG sponsors lectures, training seminars and media efforts to educate practicing collaborative professionals and the general public about the benefits of collaborative law. In addition, the JSCLG sponsors authorship of various articles and educational materials for publication in legal and professional journals to promote the practice of collaborative law.
With a focus on Monmouth and Ocean Counties, but a goal to foster the development of collaborative practice statewide, the JSCLG website provides a one stop portal listing contact information for attorneys, financial professionals, and mental health professionals who meet the group's stringent training requirements covering both collaboration and mediation training to assure competent, quality representation to divorcing couples.
Benefits of collaborative divorce include:
* Husbands and wifes, assisted by trained attorneys, reach a settlement with minimal antagonism.
Continuing conflict aggravates existing painful emotions.
* A structured and controlled setting encourages trust and objectivity in the negotiations.
* Legal costs can be contained.
* Parties can protect children's feelings and interests.
* Since there are no public hearings, confidentiality is more easily maintained.
* Attorneys and spouses can craft more creative property agreements and custodial arrangements.
* Negotiations occur in a neutral environment and on a timetable agreed upon by the parties.
* Agreements can be reached more efficiently.
* Parties agree to settle at the outset, in a process conducive to helping them heal and move forward.