Anna-Maria Pittella was admitted to practice an attorney in the State of New Jersey in 1973. The major focus of her family law practice.
ON MEDIATION: “Over the years, I have seen the emotional and financial difficulties of divorce litigants. In the early eighties, family law attorneys began to volunteer their time to assist litigants in the resolution of their divorce and to avoid trial by appearing before a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel. I became a Panelist to offer my assistance. The program remains valuable and successful. Economic Mediation was introduced in to the Family Court in the early 1990’s. The Family Court recognizes that the parties need processes that help them resolve their differences. Judges ironically strongly encourage parties to explore every opportunity to avoid a judicial decision. Unfortunately, both of these programs come months after a complaint for divorce is filed. By then the parties are extremely hostile to each other and have already spent a great deal of money and time away from work which many can ill afford to do. More importantly, children are exposed to their parents’ worst behavior and often suffer the consequences as many studies have shown. Parties are preparing for a trial that rarely happens, perhaps one in ten cases. After serving as a Panelist, I knew that PRIVATE DIVORCE MEDIATION before a complaint is filed serves couples better. A mediator assists the couple in their discussions to build an agreement from the moment they start, not for the first time after many months have passed. They are the ones who can file for an uncontested divorce or no fault divorce with only one court appearance and a great deal less animosity.”
On Collaborative Family Process
“Never satisfied that one process serves everyone, I became involved in the movement to bring Collaborative Practice to Monmouth County in 2004. Collaborative Process offers couples the opportunity to engage attorneys who pledge to work with them solely to negotiate a separation or marital agreement. If either party withdraws from the process neither attorney may continue to represent the client.
The thought of “losing” your family law attorney can seem daunting. The fact is that you each have a collaboratively trained attorney committed to helping you reach an agreement without fear of threats or intimidation of a court intervention.
Each participant makes a commitment to the process to use all their skills and tools available to stay in the process and reach a durable agreement.
If there are children you are assured that they are the focus of the process.
The right people will be helping and it will reduce your overall costs. You can use the skills of a Financial Neutral for an objective analysis of your finances for the spending plan after separation.
You can use the skills of a Divorce Coach to assist in discussions, reduce anxiety or diffuse emotions so meetings are productive.
You will have the right person helping you formulate a parenting plan.
This team effort can greatly reduce the costs of a divorce and the time to reach conclusion.
I worked tirelessly with a group of my collaborative colleagues to promote the passage of the New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act now in effect in Monmouth County, New Jersey since Dec. 10 2014. This Act allows a couple to end a marriage with dignity and construct a viable plan for themselves and their children.”
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