Ease the financial and emotional burdens of divorce or separation
Under the best of circumstances, divorce is a stressful process. When couples litigate issues before a judge, the emotional toll and the expense increase exponentially. Fortunately, there are ways to simplify your divorce and reduce costs while still achieving your goals for the future. For many couples, mediation or collaborative divorce are useful tools for removing impediments to a settlement on important issues such as child custody, child support, spousal support and the division of marital property. At the Divorce Mediation Center of Ridgefield/Danbury, LLC, we have the knowledge and skill to guide you through the mediation or collaborative divorce process toward a mutually acceptable, cost-effective resolution of your most difficult divorce issues.
Advantages of Mediation & Collaborative Divorce
Mediation and Collaborative Divorce offer many advantages to litigation for those seeking to divorce or separate:
- You maintain greater control over the outcome than if you’d left the decision to a judge.
- The outcome is based on your intimate knowledge of your family rather than the limited evidence a judge reviews.
- You’re afforded greater privacy due to the confidential nature of non adversarial divorce processes, whereas court hearings may be public.
- You schedule your sessions. You are not restricted by a crowded court calendar, so the process can move at your pace.
- You can start to build a cooperative co-parenting relationship with your former spouse.
What is the difference between Mediation & Collaborative Divorce?
In mediation, the mediator facilitates the negotiations of the disputing parties and tries to help them settle their case. However, the mediator cannot give either party legal advice, and cannot be an advocate for either side. The parties are encouraged to retain review counsel who the parties can consult between mediation sessions.
Collaborative Law was designed to allow clients to have their lawyers with them during the negotiation process, while maintaining the same commitment to settlement as the sole agenda. It is the job of the lawyers, who have received training similar to the training that mediators receive in interest-based negotiation, to work with their own clients and one another to assure that the process stays balanced, positive and productive.
Both collaborative divorce and mediation rely on the voluntary and free exchange of information and a commitment to resolutions that respect the parties’ shared goals.
For many couples, mediation and collaborative divorce focuses on the future by answering questions such as “Where do we go from here?” rather than fixating on old wounds. These processes lead to more of a hopeful, healing process than traditional divorce. Finally, for most couples, it saves time, money and stress.
To learn more about our services, schedule a consultation. Call the Divorce Mediation Center of Ridgefield/Danbury, LLC at 203-791-3868 or contact us online. Our offices are conveniently located in Danbury and Stamford.