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For families that are going through a separation, divorce, parent or child move, etc., seeking guidance will help this process and minimize the potential harm that often occurs in families going through these difficult times. At PPA we aim to provide services to help families stay out of the court system. Below are different services we can offer your family.

If you are interested in our Legal Family Services, please fill out the following forms:

Forensic Family History Form 2018       Forensic & Legal Fees-Policies 2018

For families that have decided to divorce, we offer an alternative approach, which is more peaceful and private; therefore reducing harm to the children.   This is referred to as Collaborative Divorce.

What is Collaborative Divorce? Collaborative Divorce is a process where divorcing spouses, assisted by Collaborative Professionals (a team of attorneys, a mental health professional, and a financial professional), work toward a mutually fair and equitable end to their marriage without the acrimony, anxiety, family conflicts, and financial cost that often accompanies litigation.

Drs. Samantha Carella, Kelly Painter, Laura Grashow-Rywell and Nicholas Maccarrone are Collaborative Trained Psychologists. Their interests are to help families go through this difficult process in the most respectful and peaceful way.

Benefits of Collaborative Divorce include:

  • The stress, conflict, and uncertainty that are present in divorcing families can be major risk factors for compromised child development. Collaborative Divorce is for parents who want to protect their children from the emotional damage of divorce. Research tells us that children often suffer the most serious casualties of their parents’ divorce.
  • Collaborative Divorce offers parents an opportunity to create their own post-divorce parenting relationship by taking charge of their divorce process from the very outset, with the help of a Collaborative Team.
  • Collaborative Professionals (attorneys, mental health, and financial professionals) are absolutely committed to helping you achieve the best outcome for you, and for your children, without the financial burden of extensive litigation.
  • Through the Collaborative Process, the parties agree to make the outcome of their divorce one that is beneficial to BOTH spouses and their children by making an emotional and financial commitment to resolve their case privately, outside of the court system.

If you believe your marriage has broken down, or have other family legal concerns, contact us, we can help.