Not Every Divorce Has to Be a Knockdown, Drag Out Fight

It’s unrealistic to think that just because you have a few disagreements over your property or custody agreement that your divorce needs to end up in court. In fact, Connecticut family law judges expect both parties and their attorneys to do everything possible to find common ground in a collaborative or mediation environment utilizing alternative dispute resolution techniques. Like most issues in your marriage, most issues in your divorce will be decided during rational negotiating sessions.

The attorneys at our law firm have years of professional, effective, negotiating and mediation skills. We use our experience to help you and your ex-spouse understand what a judge will consider reasonable for a settlement. We can cut through the issues to get to the heart of the most complex roadblocks the opposing lawyer may try to put in your path.

What Is Mediation?

Both parties agree to work toward common ground in their divorce settlement. An independent mediator is typically assigned to oversee the negotiations. Parties may bring in their own experts such as child welfare specialists and property valuation experts to clarify issues or strengthen their case. When both parties agree to a settlement, it is presented to a judge to review it for fairness and legality. Neither party is legally bound to stick to the mediation agreement until the formal separation agreement is signed, and either may decide to pull out of the process and litigate a judgment. In many cases, a mediated or collaborative settlement is less likely to cause regrets and appeals for modifications several years in the future. It is often a less expensive option than trial. In both mediation and collaborative divorce you need experienced legal representation to make sure you get fair treatment and an equitable result.

If you think you and your spouse are on the same page regarding a divorce settlement, collaborative divorce or divorce mediation may be the right answer. From our offices in Norwalk, Connecticut, our lawyers represent individuals in mediation and collaborative divorce in communities throughout Fairfield County. Call us or contact us by e-mail for a complimentary initial consultation with an experienced family law attorney.

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