Mediation is a rapidly growing field that is changing the face of the divorce and custody process for transitioning couples and families. In the litigation process, the road to change is a lengthy and complicated framework, whereas mediation gently fast tracks you through the process aiding you to work together outside of the traditional court system.
At The Center For Change At Kennett Square, we as a team of clinical therapists, mediators, and attorneys, help you move through this process with a group of professionals that work together to help minimize the impact of this challenging time.
Jane Murphy Donze
Jane Murphy Donze is a practicing attorney with 25+ years of experience firmly rooted in family law. Having handled countless family law cases, Ms. Donze is fully versed in the mediation process and believes mediation can be a better option for many clients due to its advantages over traditional divorce litigation.
Ms. Donze is a graduate of Boston University and the Widener University School of Law. She and her husband George are a husband-and-wife team of lawyers at Donze & Donze, which has offices in Kennett Square and in Media, Pennsylvania. A mother of two, she and George reside in Kennett Square with their two sons.
Philosophy on mediation
After handling many hundreds of divorces, including property disputes, spousal support, and custody battles, I have seen first-hand the emotional and financial strain that traditional divorce proceedings can inflict on families. Conversely, because mediation happens outside the court system, it affords clients more control, quicker resolution, and significant cost-savings.
Jane is a firm believer in mediation as a tool to help families heal more quickly, co-parent more successfully and save significant financial resources — further reducing the stress of divorce. It is always gratifying to see families emerge stronger, healthier, and better positioned to begin their next chapter on a more positive footing as a result of mediation.
Regina DeAngelis is a former family law attorney who now focuses exclusively on mediation. She spent 18 years as a traditional family law attorney before opening Family Transitions Divorce Coaching and Mediation several years ago. She spent her years as a family law attorney litigating and negotiating all aspects of property distribution, custody, and support, but focuses exclusively on mediation and a collaborative divorce process with Family Transitions.
Regina attended George Washington University and Widener University School of Law. She entered the field of family law because of her desire to help people through difficult circumstances but continuously felt frustrated by a “Family” court system that is designed to increase fighting among partners, rather than support them through one of the most challenging times a person can face.
Her personal life transitions in recent years inspired Regina to end her traditional family law practice and offer guidance and support as a divorce coach to those in the midst of or contemplating that difficult decision. Her combined experiences reinforced beliefs that divorce while closing one chapter, is the start of an exciting new story.
“Divorce approached from the perspective of a “family transition,” can enable you, your ex-spouse, and most importantly, your children, to emerge healthy and optimistic about your future.”
Regina’s Mediation Philosophy
Mediation is for couples who have a desire to go through the divorce process efficiently and fairly. Mediation is a collaborative process that allows the individuals to control the outcome, rather than putting their future in the hands of a family court system that does not consider the individual realities of each family.
Regina suggests that as you move through this process, change the paradigm surrounding divorce from one of “win or lose” to one of healthy transition for both parties. The story of your divorce doesn’t need to be one of destruction and anger. Write your own story— choosing collaboration and positivity allows individuals to emerge from this difficult process in a healthier place.
Gary R. Katz
Gary Katz, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Colorado State University and Emory University Law School, maintains law offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida. In addition to being a member of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida Bars, he is also a member of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. His law practice is primarily involved in the areas of civil litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, equine and racing law, contract law, and family law.
For the past several years, Gary has devoted a portion of his law practice to building a divorce mediation practice. Recognizing the need for a neutral party to help resolve differences, Gary has found mediation to be a very worthwhile and beneficial service to the community. Having gone through the divorce process himself, Gary now hopes to help couples navigate divorce without the emotional stress and capital expenditures normally required for legal representation resulting from difficult divorce litigation.
Philosophy on Mediation
Gary strongly believes that there is a more cost-effective way for parties to resolve their matrimonial differences and that the mediation process provides a certain neutral perspective to identify and address the needs required in reducing the harm of the customary divorce process.
Gary has worked with Winden Rowe for the past several years in providing legal and therapeutic services in conjunction with the Center for Change’s counseling services, allowing clients to come through the change process whole.
Mediation is a change-based process founded on the premise that those who make their own decisions for change are exponentially more likely to fully adopt those changes. Our goal is to make that change affordable and to keep families out of the courts.
Gary will be working at The Center for Change collaboratively with Winden and the mediation team to secure divorce and custody agreements in changing families.