Skilled Mediator And Collaborative Divorce Attorneys

Divorce mediation or collaborative divorce can be very beneficial to you if you are seeking a divorce and have the ability to openly communicate with your partner. The alternative dispute resolution methods of mediation and collaborative divorce are generally less expensive options than litigation. Moreover, by avoiding divorce litigation, clients spare themselves a tremendous amount of angst and emotional harm — all the while providing clients with a greater degree of input and control over the ultimate outcome of divorce and issues with their children.

Mediation and collaborative divorce are becoming more widely used and recognized as preferred means by which to avoid litigated, adversarial divorces. As noted above, in most cases the expense is substantially less than in litigated cases. Some other benefits of using the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes of mediation or collaborative divorce are:

  • A more expeditious process
  • The open communication in ADR provides the participants more of a say in the ultimate decisions to be made
  • There are fewer problems after the ultimate resolution as the participants have the tools to communicate and resolve issues cooperatively.

What Is A Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative divorce is a process that is designed to achieve a divorce in a more civil and amicable manner. The process is based on achieving a divorce through working together and cooperating rather than litigating as adversaries: it is a commitment not to resort to litigation.

In a collaborative divorce, the lawyers and the parties sign an agreement that commits them to work together. If a solution cannot be reached through a cooperative means, then the parties can litigate. However, if that occurs, both attorneys must withdraw and the parties must retain new counsel.

The premise behind a collaborative divorce is that the parties will mutually benefit from the divorce, which is presumed inevitable, and that the parties should work together to resolve issues rather than having a judge decide them. The ultimate results of a resolution using collaborative divorce is an agreement that is much better tailored to the particular needs of the parties and their children.

Please feel free to read a Sample Collaborative Divorce Agreement for a better understanding.

What Is Mediation?

Similar to collaborative divorce, in that the premise is to resolve matters without the acrimony and expense of litigation, mediation is a process whereby the parties seek the services of a trained mediator. The mediator does not represent either party — his/her job is to help facilitate communication, and to assist the parties in building bridges of cooperation and understanding. Those bridges lead to the resolution of issues.

The mediator helps the parties work through their differences and negotiate a final settlement. If, for example, divorcing parties utilize the mediation process, their drafted agreement will be submitted by the parties to a court for approval. The result is a resolution that is enforceable and valid, but the process most likely was quicker and less expensive. As important, mediation allows both parties to be fully invested and included in the process; and overwhelmingly, each party leaves a successful mediation experience with a positive feeling of ownership in the resolution.

We are also certified Connecticut divorce mediators and can either serve as a mediator in divorce cases or represent you in divorce mediation.

Interested In Mediating Or A Collaborative Divorce?

For additional information about collaborative divorce or mediation, or to discuss your divorce issues with an experienced Connecticut family law attorney, please schedule a confidential consultation by calling us at 860-956-5693 (locally) or toll free at 866-676-0364. You can also send us an email using our contact form.