By Nicole L. Voigt, Esq., Attorney at Law The Collaborative Concept I recently had the privilege of completing a 16 hour training in Collaborative Law conducted by the Hunterdon County Bar Association. Generally speaking, Collaborative Law is an emerging area of alternative dispute resolution. In this process, the disputing parties retain neutral professionals (“neutrals”) who…

By: Robert J. Shanahan, Jr. Esq. During this month, I have joined a team of presenters in teaching a four session course on Collaborative Law, sponsored by the Hunterdon County Bar Association. The course presents basic training for lawyers and other professionals who wish to practice “collaboratively” in handling disputes. Collaborative Law has been very…

Spring 2014:  Attorneys Nicole L. Voigt and Robert J. Shanahan, Jr. completed a 30 Hour Civil Mediation Training Course conducted by the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM): a prerequisite to appointment to the Roster of Court Appointed Attorneys for the Civil Division to to accreditation by the NJAPM.  This course built upon mediation…

What is child support? Child support is financial support that one party, the “Obligor,” pays to the other party, the “Obligee,” for the support of their child/children.  Child support is calculated pursuant to the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines, based upon the parties’ respective incomes, net of taxes.  Thirty-seven percent (37%) of the total Guidelines…

The State of New Jersey adopted Child Support Guidelines in 1986 to create consistency in its child support awards.  Pursuant to the Family Support Act of 1988, states are required to review their Guidelines every four years to assure that the awards accurately reflect current child-rearing costs.  This most recent review, which became effective as…

At the conclusion of the initial consultation with a perspective new divorce client, after listening carefully to the client’s concerns and discussing that client’s particular circumstances and how he or she may wish to proceed, inevitably at the end of our session I am asked one question more often than any other – “How much…

Bob Shanahan has completed a two-day, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law training session, which was held at the New Jersey State Bar Law Center, on November 19 and 21. Collaborative Law seeks to mediate matters by using the assistance of various professionals to work out differences and create a plan for the future. Primarily used in divorce…