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Gary L. Borger, Bruce P. Matez, and Deena L. Betze Attend Collaborative Practice Growth and Excellence Seminar

November 8, 2017

The law firm of Borger Matez is pleased to announce that Gary L. Borger, Bruce P. Matez, and Deena L. Betze recently attended the Collaborative Practice Growth and Excellence seminar.

Collaborative law allows couples to resolve their legal disputes without judges, magistrates or court personnel making decisions for them.

The seminar was led by Loretta Gephart, a licensed psychologist and collaborative coach in Pittsburgh. Attendees were provided with information to help hone collaborative skills in the collaborative practice; professional and personal growth to avoid triggers that could derail the process, how to better deal with conflict, and how to be more self-aware in the process; assessing the viability of a potential collaborative case; pitfalls to avoid; building teamwork among the collaborative team; review of the role and benefits of the divorce coach in the collaborative process; and ethics in the collaborative
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Gary L. Borger and Bruce P. Matez Attend Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance Spring Retreat

CHERRY HILL, NJ, February 23, 2015 – Gary L. Borger and Bruce P. Matez, partners at Borger Matez, recently attended the Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance Spring Retreat to enhance their collaborative divorce skills. The program is recommended for trained collaborative divorce lawyers eager to learn cutting edge techniques to help divorcing couples separate without rancor and court battles. Collaborative divorce is a gentler, less expensive, and quicker way to resolve divorces by agreement reached by the parties directly but in the presence of and with the assistance of their attorneys who commit to settlement rather than litigation of each aspect of ending the marital enterprise and beginning life anew on their own.

Gary L. Borger has concentrated on family law since entering private practice in 1977. Trained in mediation at Harvard Law School, Gary offers clients the option of mediating rather than litigating family law disputes between spouses, domestic partners, or significant others. Gary is an active and dedicated member of the Family Law Bar serving as a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section member (former member of the Executive Committee), the Camden County (NJ) Bar Association, Family Law Bench-Bar Committee, the Burlington County (NJ) Bar Association, Family Law Bench-Bar Committee, the Gloucester County (NJ) Bar Association, Family Law Bench-Bar Committee, the Early Settlement Panel (ESP volunteer member) and the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section. Gary is a member of the South Jersey Collaborative Law Group. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University (B.A. 1972).

Bruce P. Matez is one of the top divorce and family law lawyers in Southern New Jersey. Recognized by SJ Magazine as a “Top Attorney” for many years, Bruce has over 24 years of experience handling all types of family law matters including but not limited to divorce (including complex divorce litigation), custody and parenting time (visitation), child support, alimony/spousal support, adoption, domestic violence, equitable distribution of marital property, equitable allocation of marital debt, child abuse and neglect (formerly DYFS) matters, same sex Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships. He has substantial experience in preparing and negotiating pre-marital and cohabitation agreements and marital settlement agreements. A graduate of University of Maryland, College Park (1986), he received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1989.

Borger Matez is one of Southern New Jersey’s top divorce and family law firms and is a leader in bringing Collaborative Divorce to the region. Located in Cherry Hill, NJ, Borger Matez, P.A concentrates its practice in divorce, custody, parenting time (formerly called “visitation”), alimony, child support, equitable distribution of marital property and debt, post-divorce disputes (i.e., custody/parenting time, alimony and child support modification and enforcement), adoptions, domestic violence, cases involving the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly DYFS), and all types of family law issues. For more information, please contact Mr. Matez at 856-424-3444 or by e-mail at BMatez@njfamilylaw.net.

New Jersey Senate Unanimously Passes The NJ Family Collaborative Law Act

TRENTON, NJ,  June 26, 2014 – Today, the New Jersey State Legislature took a major step forward toward empowering families to divorce with dignity and self-esteem, without resort to conventional litigation.   The Senate unanimously (40-0) approved and on June 23, the General Assembly unanimously passed 78-0, A-1477, the New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act.  The bill was unanimously released by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on June 12th.  S-1224, the Senate counterpart to A-1477 was unanimously released by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 24th and the Senate Budget Committee on June 5th.

This extraordinary showing of support for the collaborative law process represents a paradigm shift in thinking within the State Legislature, and paves the way further expansion of collaborative practice in New Jersey.

The bills have received widespread bipartisan support throughout the State Legislature, as well as the endorsement of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), New Jersey Law Revision Commission (NJLRC), and all five New Jersey Uniform Law Commissioners.

The New Jersey Council of Collaborative Practice Groups spearheaded the efforts toward passage of the act with the support of its eight practice groups, consisting of hundreds of collaboratively trained professionals throughout New Jersey.  Asm. Patrick Diegnan, Esquire (D-14) (Pictured at the far right in the above photograph),  the Assembly bill’s prime sponsor, strongly praised the Council’s efforts in  swiftly advancing the legislation.

Speaking at the Assembly Judiciary Committee meeting, Council Co-Chair Linda Piff, Esquire said,  “My colleagues and I were determined to change the way people divorce in New Jersey. We started with a small group of ten like-minded individuals and the movement has grown throughout the State.  The Bill will empower families to divorce with privacy and dignity and avoid the emotional and financial strain of conventional litigation.  Collaborative law is a powerful idea whose time has come.”

Speaking on the Disqualification Clause in the bill, Council Co-Chair, Anna Maria Pittella, Esquire, said,  “This bill creates an obligation on an attorney to focus solely on negotiations and to use problem solving skills to break an impasse. It provides for team building that is needed to address all three parts of any divorce: legal, financial and emotional. The client disqualifies the attorney should the client wish to litigate.”

Finally, Council Co-Chair, Shireen Meistrich, LCSW, IACP President-Elect said,   “I truly believe that the collaborative process is an agent of social change as it has the ability to truly shift the way we think about conflict and how we resolve it.”

Other Council members speaking in support of the bill at the Assembly Judiciary Committee included, John Caroli, CFP, Patricia Carney, Esquire, and Joesph Noto, Esquire.  Jeralyn Lawrence, Esquire, Chair of NJSBA’s Family Law Section and Laura Tharney, Esquire, NJLRC Executive Director, rounded out vigorous testimony in support of the bill.

A-1477 is now pending the Governor’s signature.

New Jersey Council of Collaborative Practice Groups
CONTACT: VALERIE BROWN, ESQ., LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL, 215-933-9978, ValerieBrown95@gmail.com

 

Collaborative Law Training Offered to Divorce Lawyers in South Jersey

Cherry Hill, NJ – The BorgerMatez law firm explores training in the relatively new field of Collaborative Law.

In October, 2010, Gary Borger and Bruce Matez attended a two-day training in Collaborative Law, a relatively new concept in divorce and family law. Collaborative Law offers divorcing couples an alternative to litigation which is based upon mutual problem solving. The parties and their attorneys, along with other professionals involved (e.g., custody experts, forensic accountants, etc.) agree in writing to work together toward an agreement without litigating in court. Collaborative Law provides divorcing couples with a viable, meaningful, less contentious alternative to litigation which is all too often expensive, time consuming, emotionally draining and devastating to families.

Gary and Bruce will be attending advanced training in December and are founding members (along with a small group of other South Jersey divorce attorneys, family therapists, and forensic accountants) of the South Jersey Collaborative Law Group (the first of its kind in the area). BorgerMatez now offers Collaborative Divorce in addition to mediation as alternatives to traditional divorce litigation for its clients.

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Located in Cherry Hill, NJ, BorgerMatez is principally a family law and divorce law practice. The firm concentrates its practice in divorce and family law litigation, arbitration, mediation of family law and matrimonial issues, and collaborative law (one of the newest areas of dispute resolution in the family law field), including but not limited to custody, parenting time (formerly called “visitation”), alimony, child support, equitable distribution of marital property, post-divorce disputes, domestic violence matters, DYFS matters, adoptions, and applications to relocate children from New Jersey coincident to or after separation or divorce. An extensive list of questions and answers can be found at their website. For more information, call (856) 424-3444 or visit http://www.njfamilylaw.net .

Gary Borger ESQ. Bio

Bruce Matez ESQ. Bio

Collaborative Law Act

by Gary Borger, Esq.

On September 10, 2014, Governor Christie signed into law  the New Jersey Family Law Act.  Thus, New Jersey now has established collaborative divorce as a statutory option to traditional divorce litigation for resolution of marital disputes in a less destructive and more cooperative  (and collaborative) fashion.

Collaborative Divorce in New Jersey

Collaborative Law offers divorcing couples an alternative to litigation which is based upon mutual problem solving. The parties and their attorneys, along with other professionals involved (e.g., custody experts, forensic accountants, etc.) agree in writing to work together toward an agreement without litigating in court.

 

Collaborative Law provides divorcing couples with a viable, meaningful, less contentious alternative to litigation which is all too often expensive, time consuming, emotionally draining and devastating to families. Gary Borger and Bruce Matez attended advanced training in December 2010 and are founding members (along with a small group of other South Jersey divorce attorneys, family therapists, and forensic accountants) of the South Jersey Collaborative Divorce Professionals (the first of its kind in the area). Deena Betze Esq. has also acquired training and is a member of the South Jersey Collaborative Divorce Professionals and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. BorgerMatez  offers Collaborative Divorce in addition to mediation as alternatives to traditional divorce litigation for its clients.