Rosalyn A. Metzger
Rosalyn A Metzger LLC

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1031 Resolution Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18017
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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
If you would like to create your own divorce or separation agreement rather than have a judge decide your case for you, then family mediation is right for you. You be the one to determine your future and decide how you and your spouse or partner want to settle your family issues. Divorce mediation is a kinder, gentler way of settling matrimonial disputes.

Collaborative Divorce is another "team oriented" divorce/separation process using collaboratively-trained attorneys, financial neutrals and divorce coaches. I would be happy to provide information on the team approach of collaborative practice in divorce cases.

Professional Background

Attorney licensed in Pennsylvania NJ, and the U.S. District Court since 1994; Divorce Mediation Certificate from Rutgers University in 1995; Collaborative Law Training 2009; licensed to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court since 1998; Accredited Family & Divorce Mediator with New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM) since 2002 and member of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts through 2016. Ethics presenter for the Hunterdon County Bar Association on a number of occasions. Trainer for new collaborative law colleagues from April 10-May 1, 2015; Panel Member: "Child Abuse and Neglect Issues in Family Court" for the Hunterdon County Bar Association in 2016.

Experience

Since obtaining my Divorce Mediation Certificate from Rutgers University in 1995, I began mediating custody and parenting time cases in Somerset County, NJ and subsequently in Hunterdon County, NJ. I was also approved by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts as an economic family mediator as well as a civil mediator. I devote my practice solely to alternate dispute resolution processes: divorce mediation and collaborative divorce. Since January 2016 I have been representing clients at custody conferences in Northampton County, PA through North Penn Legal Services.

Degrees

JD, Seton Hall 1994
BA Political Science, Rutgers University 1989

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
6/12-13/2009    Practical Collaborative Solutions    Collaborative Training - 16 hours
December 1995    Rutgers University    Divorce Mediation Training - 40 hours

Approach

I have a facilitative method of working with parties. They know best how they live their lives and what their goals are with respect to the dissolution or restructuring of their marriage or partnership. I want to help the parties achieve a maximum comfort level so that they can live successfully post-divorce or post-separation. We work together to achieve the best outcome, both financially and emotionally, for all family members. In a collaborative setting, I work with another collaboratively-trained attorney as well as a collaboratively-trained mental health coach and financial neutral as a professional team to achieve an optimum result for the couple.

Fees

My initial consultation fee for mediation is a flat fee of $300 for as long as necessary to understand the parties' basic issues. Thereafter, my fee for mediation and collaborative divorce is $350 per hour, and it is anticipated that the funding for these fees would be shared equally unless the parties indicate otherwise.

Other Information

I enjoy working with both parties to develop a brighter future for each of them, as well as for their children. In the event the parties would like their attorneys to attend the mediation sessions, that is entirely up to the parties. I am most happy to work with counsel for the parties as we navigate the divorce process.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Civil (general)
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family (6 collaborated)
  • LGBT
  • Marital Mediation

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator

References

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq. Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus Drew Hurley, Esq. Jayne Lambo, Esq. Jeffrey K. Epstein, Esq. Szaferman Lakind Nadine Maleski, Esq.. Jamie K. VonEllen, Esq. Anthony P. Kearns, III, Esq.

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.