What Role Does a Financial Expert Play in the Collaborative Process?

Collaborative divorce aims to minimize the stressful, time-consuming aspects of other divorce methods. You'll have to cover a wide range of issues throughout this cooperative process. One of these important issues, of course, is money. You'll need to reach a series of satisfactory agreements when it comes to dividing your property, assets, and debts. In simple terms, a financial expert can make sure that whole Read More

How Can a Collaborative Divorce Benefit Your Children?

When you divorce the other parent of your children, does your relationship disappear, or does it become redefined? In reality, the choice is yours. You don't have to be best friends with your former spouse, but you might consider collaborative divorce to make the whole process go smoothly for you and the kids. Aside from keeping your children out of a stressful courtroom environment, collaborative divorce can have Read More

Collaboration or Mediation?

Divorce is a major life change for you and your children, but it doesn’t have to be conflict-laden or emotionally devastating. Although most people think that divorce is characterized by a nasty and drawn-out courtroom battle, it is actually possible to end a marriage in gentler ways that protect the children and preserve the dignity of your relationship with your former spouse. These alternatives to traditional Read More

Freed Marcroft Adds Collaborative Divorce Leader Attorney Lisa Cappalli, Expands to New Haven County

Freed Marcroft is pleased to announce the firm’s physical expansion into New Haven County. We are even more pleased to announce that Attorney Lisa J. Cappalli is joining us as Of Counsel on February 1, 2017. Since the early 90s, Attorney Cappalli has employed her considerable skill, patience and calm demeanor to help hundreds of couples divorce with dignity through mediation. Attorney Cappalli was also among the Read More

What Every Couple Should Know About Collaborative Divorce

Divorce is always an emotionally challenging experience, but the collaborative approach takes away that stereotypical adversarial aspect. Instead, collaborative fosters a cooperative environment where you and your spouse can resolve problems, agree on key issues, and preserve the integrity of your relationship. The latter aspect of collaborative divorce is especially important when you have children and want to Read More

Collaborative Divorce: The Non-Adversarial Alternative

For decades if people were getting a divorce, they could expect to have to present their cases in front of a judge. Even if they were largely in agreement about how they wanted it to go, this environment naturally led to conflict. Today, however, there is an alternative that is quickly growing in popularity. Collaborative divorce is a process where both parties (along with their attorneys) focus on finding common Read More

Divorce, the Kids, & the House: What on Earth is “Bird Nesting?”

"Wait, we do what?" It can sound pretty baffling at first. Here's the scoop.  The kids stay in the family home -- the “nest,” get it?  The idea is that instead of children having to go back and forth between their parents, the parents are the ones doing the moving around.  A parent moves into the home for parenting time with the kids, and then out to his or her part-time place when it's the other parent's Read More

Grace and Frankie, Silver Divorce, and (Special Guest and Pop Culture Wiz) Meghan’s Mom

It's summer, and, of course, we should all be outside. But just in case you want to beat the heat by spending a blissful afternoon bingewatching Netflix, consider Grace and Frankie. The show -- featuring an all-star ensemble cast comprised of Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Tom Waterson -- is a sweet, funny, and poignant take on the ups and downs of divorce later in life. Which, per our experience Read More

Meet Me in the Field: Collaborative Family Law Attorneys Committed to a Better Way for Connecticut Families

It could be considered a somewhat surprising scene.  So many lawyers, and yet the morning started with a meditation, not a gavel.  Agenda items ranged from a discussion on the most recent (ever evolving) court decisions on division of inheritances to role plays on how to negotiate thorny issues.  Judges were quoted, so was Rumi. It was the annual meeting of the Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Association of Greater Read More

Telling the Children About Divorce, and How Collaboration and Mediation May Help

One of the hardest conversations we have with divorcing parents surrounds their fears about telling the children that a marriage is over. As their lawyers, the very best advice that we have for them is 1) to seek out a mental health professional experienced with families and children who can guide them through how to tell the children, and 2) to consider a collaborative or mediated divorce that will provide them Read More