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The Benefits of Collaborative Law In Parenting Time and Custody Disputes

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Parenting Time and Custody Disputes

In this episode we are talking about custody and parenting time issues and the benefits provided by the collaborative process as opposed to how these issues have traditionally been handled in the court system.

Our guests today are

Joan M. Donnelly, Esq.

mt-joanJoan Donnelly has been practicing law for over 30 years in the State of New Jersey, primarily in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties. Her area of practice has been primarily in Family Law.

Her matrimonial experience is broad including divorce, child support issues, custody and parenting time, equitable distribution of assets, Domestic Violence cases and post-Judgment divorce issues. She is also no stranger to divorce litigation.

Approximately 12 years ago Joan took Mediation training recognizing that many divorcing couples prefer to resolve their differences in a non-litigious and more economically feasible manner. Since that time she has been committed to that process where appropriate and have continued to practice in that area as well as collaborative law.


Nonie Nicklas, LMFT

Nonie Nicklas, LMFTNonie Nicklas, LMFT has practiced therapy and been licensed as Marriage and Family Therapist for over 20 years, with experience in several agencies and full time in private practice for the past 8 years.

She has been active with the Collaborative Practice since she was first trained, continuing to get advanced training, membership in 2 practice groups and a member of CDP since its founding.

Her passion is for children to grow in healthy families and she sees the Collaborative practice as a tool for divorcing families to have better communication, co-parenting and decreased conflict.


  • How parenting time has traditionally been addressed within the court system.
  • The collaborative law process and how it benefits families in custody and parenting time disputes.
  • The role of the divorce coach in the collaborative process to facilitate the meetings with attorneys, clients, financial neutrals.
  • The big advantage of the collaborative process and how it allows the freedom to be creative in designing parenting schedules.

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Joan M. Donnelly, Esq.
Law Offices of Linda L. Piff, LLC
Phone: 732-556-0240

Nonie Nicklas, LMFT
Marriage and Family Therapist
Address: 57 W. Main St. Suite 2A,Freehold, New Jersey, 07728
Phone: 732-939-8908

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