Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training 2023

This training meets the requirements of all New Jersey State Collaborative Practice Groups as well as the standards of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)


A 3-Day Training Program
– Thurs., Nov. 2 | 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Zoom Only)
– Fri., Nov. 3 | 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (In-Person Only – New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick)
– Mon., Nov. 6 | 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (In-Person Only- New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick)
Earn up to 15.8 credits!


Member Price: $325
Non-Member Price: $390

Presented in cooperation with the New Jersey Council of Collaborative Practice Groups (NJCCPG)


Renée A. Rubino, Esq.
Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C., Florham Park
Adam J. Berner, Esq.
Berner Law & Mediation Offices, Hackensack
William Frankenstein, Ph.D.
Frankenstein & Steen LLC, Red Bank
Andrea C. Mackaronis, Esq.
Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas, LLP, New Brunswick
Shireen B. Meistrich, LCSW
Shireen B. Meistrich, LCSW, Fair Lawn
Anna-Maria Pittella, Esq.
Law Office, Mediation & Collaborative Practice of Anna-Maria Pittella, Red Bank
Megan A. Sartor, CPA
Sax LLP, Parsippany
Jeffrey D. Urbach, MBA
Urbach & Avraham, CPAs, Edison
Amy Wechsler, Esq.
Lawrence Law, Watchung

This training meets the requirements of all New Jersey State Collaborative Practice Groups as well as the standards of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)

3-Day Training:

  • Day 1 | Thursday, November 2 – 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Zoom Only)
  • Day 2 | Friday, November 3 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (In-Person only)
  • Day 3 | Monday, November 6 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (In-Person only)


Collaborative law is a voluntary, non-adversarial settlement process in which the parties, represented by attorneys pursuant to a Participation Agreement and with the assistance of other collaborative professionals (such as financial and mental health practitioners trained in collaborative law) engage in good faith, non-adversarial negotiations, to reach a mutually acceptable resolution of the dispute without court intervention. It applies to all types of family law disputes, including divorce, custody, parenting time, equitable distribution of assets, and premarital agreements, to name a few, as well as post-judgment or post-settlement disputes whether the underlying matter was litigated in court or resolved by Alternative Dispute Resolution methods, such as Collaborative Law, Mediation or Arbitration.

Collaborative practice has grown exponentially throughout the state, especially after the passage of the Collaborative Law Act in 2014. This comprehensive interdisciplinary training will provide you with the background, practices, and skills needed to begin and expand your collaborative family law practice. New Jersey’s leading Collaborative Practitioners will provide participants with the necessary foundation to understand and practice collaborative family law, with a deeper understanding of the skills necessary to help couples (and their children) reach optimal and lasting solutions through the collaborative process. In addition to a thorough explanation of the collaborative process, we will examine the relevant ethical issues involved.



Program Agenda:
Day 1: Thursday, November 2 | 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Zoom Only)
  History and Current State of Collaborative Law
  Definition and Elements of Collaborative Practice
  How Collaborative Differs from Traditional Representation
  Roles and Responsibilities of Interdisciplinary Team Members
  Roles and Responsibilities of the Parties
Day 2: Friday, November 3 | 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (In-Person only)
  The Art of Collaborative Language and Communication
• Choreography and Road Map of Collaborative Practice
• Assembling a Team
• Prep for First Joint Meeting
• Role of Professionals (Attorney, Financial Expert, Mental Health Expert, and Child Specialist)
  Demonstration and Role Playing the Collaborative Process, including:
• Initial Consultations
• Joint Meetings
• Professional Meetings
  Ethics of Collaborative Law
Day 3: Monday, November 6 | 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (In-Person only)
  The Role of Law
• Identify and Framing the Issues
• Deepening the Understanding in the Negotiation
  Incorporating Expertise from the Interdisciplinary Team Members
• What the Coach can offer
• What the Child Specialist can offer
• What the Financial Neutral can offer
  The Collaborative End Game: From (Counter) Proposals to Problem Solving
  Round Robin Q&A: Lawyers/MHPs; MHPs/Financial Neutrals
  Incorporating Collaborative Practice into your Practice
CLE credits for all 3 days:
NJ CLE: NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 18.5 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ Ethics: 1.6, NJ General: 18.5).
NY CLE: NY Ethics Transitional: 1.5, NY Professional Practice Transitional: 1.5
PA CLE: PA Ethics Credit: 1.0, PA Substantive Credit: 14.5
$64.00 fee – payment is required for PACLE credits, and can be made when registering for this program or when submitting your CLE form




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