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The Value Of The Collaboratively Trained Team

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Family law attorney Anna–Maria Pittella and Dr. William Frankenstein, Ph.D., an independent, licensed psychologist, discuss the value of the collaboratively trained team within the collaborative divorce process.

Our guests today discussing The Value Of The Collaboratively Trained Team are

Anna–Maria Pittella. Esq.

Anna–Maria-PittellaAnna–Maria Pittella is a family law attorney with over forty years of experience. She will no longer litigate a divorce because of the toll it takes on a family emotionally and financially. She is an Accredited Professional Mediator since 1997, a Court Approved Roster Economic Mediator since the program began and family collaborative attorney since 2004. She offers her skills in the resolution of family matters by mediation and collaboration. Nether process takes place at the courthouse but in a comfortable office setting confidentially and supportive, providing guidance in decisions for the family’s transition to two households. She continually seeks and attends educational events to deepen her skills, is a speaker on mediation, collaborative process and practice as well as a trainer in the family collaborative process. She is one of the initiators of the family collaborative law movement in New Jersey that culminated in the passage of the New Jersey Family Collaborative Act on Dec. 10 2014.

Contact Information

Address: 55 No. Bridge Ave., Red Bank New Jersey 07701
Phone: 732-842-6939
Email: Pittellalaw@verizon.net
Website: http://www.pittellalaw.com/


William Frankenstein, Ph.D.

William Frankenstein PhdDespite twenty five years of practice as an independent, licensed psychologist with varied interests and specializations, my major practice area evolved into working with individuals, couples and families imagining, experiencing, enduring, and flourishing in divorce. I work actively and extensively in the varied roles a psychologist does when the worlds of family law and professional psychology intersect – whether therapeutic, consultative or forensic – and so am well-positioned to understand, intervene and facilitate when divorce, one of the most profound sources of personal life troubles we may experience, occurs.

My attraction to collaborative law lies in its promise to help families navigate through this transition more respectfully, with greater dignity and fairness, and in a manner that allows people to feel that they still continue to exert positive and collaborative control over their lives, and can guide the lives of their children with considerably less of the financial, emotional, and logistical stress that comes with conflict-based, adversarial approaches. Like most of the professionals in this work group, I have observed what happens long-term to individuals and families when they are swallowed up by this antagonism, and have pledged to work collaboratively towards the longer-term interests of children and families as they reconstitute in divorce. When common sense, harmony, collaborative parenting, respect, empathy, fairness, and child-centeredness rule, these more than offset the inevitable feelings of failure, anger, abandonment and disappointment that divorcing people and their children experience.

Contact Information

Address: 41 Reckless Place, 2nd Floor, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-530-9330 x3
Email: wfrankensteinphd@aol.com


  • The promise of collaborative process.
  • How collaborative process shifts the parties in their expectations.
  • The importance of the Participation Agreement.
  • The value of this process to parties dealing with varying levels of emotion in divorce.
  • How the interaction of the collaborative team effects the parties as well as the professionals.
  • How the role of a divorce coach helps couples learn how to more effectively communicate.
  • The difference between the role of the divorce coach and the attorney.
  • Where value is added from the traditional litigation process.
  • Why couples who have gone through the collaborative process are more likely to resolve future differences as well amicably and without court.

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Anna–Maria Pittella. Esq.
Phone: 732-842-6939

William Frankenstein, Ph.D.
Phone: 732-530-9330 x3

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