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

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

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

Don’t Add Fuel to the Fire: Five Tips for Smoother Communication During Divorce

Even under the best circumstances, divorce is difficult.  There is so much emotion and so many parts of your life are in flux. Understandably, for many couples, maintaining productive, or even civil, communication during the divorce process can be a challenge.  Despite the difficulty, it is essential for your well-being (not to mention the well-being of your children, if you have them!) to be able to effectively 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

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