Why Mediate Your Divorce?: 6 Key Benefits

Divorce can be a difficult and emotional process, but contrary to what television would have you believe, it doesn’t have to be contentious. While litigation is necessary in some circumstances, for many couples, mediation is an effective alternative that allows you and your spouse to reach your own agreement. In divorce mediation, a neutral mediator assists a divorcing couple in arriving at a mutually acceptable 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

Christmas, Divorce, Mediation, and Gratitude: Lessons From A Former Client

As is often the case, Joan and Rob weren't on exactly the same page when they came to us.  (By the way, names have been changed to protect the privacy of the wonderful.)  One spouse had considered divorce for awhile and, though emotional, was ready.  The other spouse wasn't ready and was just beginning to work through some deep sadness surrounding the ending of the marriage. Mediation Rob and Joan decided to 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

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

Connecticut Mediated and Collaborative Divorces Gain Benefit Under New Law

Quite a bit of attention has been paid to the new law effective October 1, more formally known as Public Act No. 15-7, allowing faster and less expensive divorces for spouses who choose to have a non-adversarial divorce. Until this law was effective, all Connecticut couples dissolving their marriages, even those who had reached an agreement, were (1) subject to a 90 day waiting period before they could divorce and Read More

How is Divorce Mediation Different from Traditional Divorce Litigation?

The courts of this country should not be the places where resolution of disputes begins. They should be the places where the disputes end after alternative methods of resolving disputes have been considered and tried. —Sandra Day O’Connor More often than not, our mediation clients tell us that they can't believe more separating spouses don't choose to mediate their divorces.  Their most popular theory -- one Read More

Recent and Proposed Changes to Procedure in Connecticut Divorce and Family Matters

What should I expect when I go to court for my divorce? Many of Freed Marcroft's family law clients -- whether we represent one party in a dissolution or custody dispute, or serve as a couple's divorce mediator -- are understandably interested in knowing what to expect when they go to family court. Two recent changes and two proposed changes may significantly impact a client's experience with the Connecticut Read More