There are two fundamental approaches to dissolving your marriage.
The first, most common approach is divorce litigation. This is when you and your attorney square off against your former spouse in front of a judge to determine child custody, child support, alimony, and other issues. It’s a contentious, painful process that is expensive—not only in attorney fees—but in the cost to you, your children, and your emotional stamina.
Is it possible to get a divorce…and still remain friends?
Not every divorce has to end up with a prolonged court battle. The good news is that most divorcing couples don’t want their lives to mirror a tawdry television show. They recognize that their marriage has come to an end, but are wise enough not to spread the hurt around, especially if they have children.
The solution, then, is something called an amicable, or friendly divorce. And while the couple still needs to consult with a divorce lawyer or attorney, they will primarily be working with a divorce mediator.
Most parents who are going through a separation and divorce are well-intentioned and want to do right by their children. However, sometimes parents don’t know what to do or say and they struggle to control their emotional reactions.
One of my goals as a divorce attorney is to help families break the cycle of familial conflict. To that end, I participated in a project to help parents minimize the trauma of separation and divorce.
Your wedding is a matter of public record. So is a divorce.
Chances are, you celebrated your marriage gleefully, with much joy.
Most couples don’t celebrate the end of their relationship by choosing tableware. There is no divorce registry, no one throws rice as you drive away from the courthouse, divorce decree in hand.
Her choice of words sparked media frenzy, but in the end, Gwyneth Paltrow got it right.
Surviving the holiday season is a challenge for most of us, but if you are in the middle of a marital meltdown, you’re likely feeling less than jolly.
The divorce attorneys at CT Mediation Center want to share some suggestions on how to get through this difficult patch with peace and goodwill.
A successful divorce mediator wears many hats in the divorce process. Following are some of the more fundamental and important responsibilities.
One of the first and most important questions divorce mediation or collaborative divorce clients asks is, “How do we tell the children about our divorce?” The answer to this most important question is complex. There is not one clear or a simple “one size fits all” answer. How you tell your children about divorce depends entirely on your individual and unique family circumstance.
A divorce mediator has many responsibilities. Their primary responsibility is to facilitate communication and negotiation throughout the divorce process. They do this by remaining neutral and focusing on keeping the lines of communication open during what can be one of the most stressful periods of each spouses life. Following are some specific skills required of successful divorce mediators.