Guide to Divorce Mediation in Connecticut
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every area of life, including access to the courts.
Many courts had instituted mandatory closures in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases, resulting in plaintiffs and defendants waiting months and even years for a court date. For couples seeking a divorce, this can still delay a process that already takes up a large chunk of time.
If this sounds like you, you might want to consider divorce mediation in CT. If you resolve the issues of your divorce through a settlement, you can conclude your case without ever setting foot in the courthouse if you meet certain criteria.
What is Divorce Mediation?
Divorce mediation gives couples an alternative method for ending their marriage. In divorce mediation, a neutral party, referred to as the mediator, guides each party through a structured mediation process to help the parties reach a fair agreement.
Unlike court proceedings, the CT divorce mediation process gives the divorcing couple more control of their divorce by allowing them to make decisions about asset distribution, spousal support, child custody, and visitation. Additionally, divorce mediation in Connecticut typically costs less than litigating a divorce.
Other benefits of divorce mediation in CT include:
- Resolving your divorce faster,
- Keeping an amicable relationship with your former spouse, and
- Avoiding the stress and uncertainty of going to court.
Divorce mediation works most successfully when both parties are willing to cooperate in the process and resolve their differences amicably rather than through the adversarial court system. Couples unwilling to make compromises typically struggle with divorce mediation in Connecticut.
Steps in the CT Divorce Mediation Process
Your first step in the mediation process involves selecting an attorney as your divorce mediator. The divorce mediator facilitates negotiations between the parties and promotes voluntary decision-making. As the mediator, the attorney must remain neutral and cannot give either spouse individual legal advice.
After selecting a divorce mediator, the mediator will give both parties an overview of the mediation process. Each party describes what they want out of the mediation and identifies the issues they need to resolve. The mediator will likely ask both parties to gather additional information to bring to the next mediation session.
The divorce mediator will hold as many mediation sessions as necessary until you and your spouse have come to an agreement about the terms of your divorce. At that point, the divorce mediator drafts your Separation Agreement that is presented to the court. The court will finalize your Separation Agreement, making it enforceable in the event either party is in breach.
How Does Divorce Mediation Work in Connecticut? Contact StangerLaw Today to Find Out
Going through a divorce is never easy, but we’re here to help make the process as smooth as possible.
At StangerLaw LLC, we pride ourselves on our commitment to not only our legal duties and ethical obligations, but also on our relationships with our clients. We want you to feel informed, valued, and cared for at every step in the divorce mediation process.