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Our Mediators

Melissa Delis Barth, Esq.

Founder & Executive Director

Melissa Barth founded Wise Way to Divorce in 2003 to help couples resolve their divorce by using mediation. When you work with Melissa, you are getting a highly qualified attorney and divorce mediator with extensive training. Her clients benefit from Melissa's vast experience and expertise in this highly sensitive and complex area of practice. 
 
Ms. Barth received her B.A. in Political Science from Boston University and her law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island.  She received her certification training in divorce mediation from The Institute for Dispute Resolution in Montclair, New Jersey.

As a former trial attorney, Melissa understands the importance of mediation and has seen the devastating effects that litigation can have on a family both emotionally and financially.  As an impartial mediator, Melissa will facilitate a peaceful and stress free open discussion between divorcing couples while establishing an atmosphere of trust and cooperation.  Ms. Barth encourages creative problem solving, assists in making issues clear and intervenes when emotions hinder the process.

Andrew Economos, Esq.

Attorney-Mediator

Andrew J. Economos (“Andy”) devotes his practice exclusively to all aspects of Family Law. The practice includes all aspects of divorce; such as custody, parenting time, child support, alimony, and equitable distribution of assets and liabilities. Also included in this practice area are all aspects of post-judgment litigation, including modifications of alimony, child support, parenting time and custody. Andy also represents individuals involved in domestic violence disputes, both those seeking to obtain a restraining order, and those defending against one. With his office’s central location, Andy has appeared before Judges in virtually every county throughout the State, and appears in the following counties on a regular basis: Passaic, Essex, Union, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean.
 
Andy is certified by the Superior Court of New Jersey to handle mediation and conciliatory matters, and enjoys serving in the role of Mediator to assist parties in resolving their marital disputes in an amicable and expeditious fashion. Andy has also volunteered as an expert panelist at the Middlesex County court in the Early Settlement Panel program. The ESP program enlists experienced, qualified family law attorneys to volunteer their time to assist litigants and their attorneys to help reach a resolution of their divorce litigation.

Zachary M. Barth, Esq.

Divorce Mediator & General Counsel

Zachary utilizes his background in law and litigation to help divorcing clients mediate their differences and reach their goals quickly while reducing stress and preserving the family relationship. This is especially important given Zachary 's experience witnessing the damaging effects of divorce litigation when his parents divorced and his biological father stopped communicating with the family because of the animosity and grief caused by a protracted court case. When founding Wise Way to Divorce with his wife, Melissa, Zachary's commitment was to help as many children avoid the pain he experienced by bringing couples together so they can divorce with dignity.

Zachary is dedicated to providing mediating couples with personalized and professional problem-solving options and alternatives. He will do everything possible to make clients feel valued and respected while keeping them on track towards their goals.

Zachary received his training in divorce mediation from the Center for Mediation & Training in New York, New York.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from Roger Williams University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Flagler College.

Kate Monagle, Esq.

Attorney-Mediator

Kate Monagle specializes in divorce mediation and collaborative law.  “My goal is helping families transition from being married to not-married with the least damage possible,” she says. “I look at the needs of the whole family system and act as a problem solver and peacemaker.  In getting to know the parties, I gather information to facilitate their ability to create options for their future.  This gives them the most control over the outcome of their divorce, rather than a judge who has never met the parties.”

Kate attended Cornell University undergrad and Seton Hall Law. She gained trial experience in the auto insurance industry. After many years spent working within the Court system, she decided it was time to work with her clients to create out-of-court settlements that help the parties maintain future relationships.

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