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Collaborative Law – Another Option for Divorcing Couples
By Maryann J. Rabkin, Esq.

Collaborative Law is a process designed to resolve all issues relating to the separation and divorce between parties in a non-adversarial manner. The process reduces and minimizes conflict, and increases the chances that parents can cooperate in establishing agreement to co-parent their children, and reach solutions which promote the best interest of the child/children.

In addition, privacy in financial and personal matters is maintained, as the parties and the attorneys pledge not to go to Court. All participants agree to work together honestly, respectfully, and in good faith. Trained financial professionals and mental health professionals are available in the process and will be brought in as necessary to assist in resolving issues.

The result is a process that is far more civilized, creative, and respectful for the parties and their children. It allows parties to be in control of their divorce resolution. Collaborative Attorneys are Family Law Attorneys trained in both Mediation and Collaborative Law. The collaborative approach offers open communication, increased control of the process, creative problem solving and confidentiality. Maryann Rabkin is trained both as a Mediator and as a Collaborative Attorney. She is a member of the South Jersey Collaborative Law Group. Additional information about Collaborative Law can be found at


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