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Connecticut Divorce Litigation
Litigation means taking legal action through the court. In other words, divorce litigation is when spouses don't agree to opt out of litigation and to opt in to one of the alternative dispute resolution methods -- mediation or collaborative law. As litigation is the default approach for Connecticut divorces, it's no surprise that most divorces are litigated. What may be a surprise, though, is that people reach an out-of-court settlement agreement in the vast majority of divorce litigations.
In litigation, Freed Marcroft's divorce attorneys negotiate on your behalf to try to reach a reasonable settlement. When you and your spouse can't agree, we are your vigorous advocate in court. For instance, we can negotiate, mediate, or collaborate to reach resolutions on some items, while heading to court to litigate others. Our overarching objective is to meet your specific goals. The attorneys at Freed Marcroft are both compassionate and skilled negotiators and assertive when needed, making them the ideal choice for litigation.
Issues Decided in Litigation
Freed Marcroft’s divorce attorneys help clients resolve various issues inside and outside of the courtroom, including:
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HIGH-CONFLICT DIVORCE LITIGATION
High-conflict divorces are similar to what you see on television. On TV, the two spouses can’t agree on anything and don’t speak to one another. Lawyers for both sides present evidence in front of the judge. The judge then makes the final decision. Freed Marcroft’s team of divorce attorneys are strong, experienced, and assertive; making us ideal for high-conflict divorce cases. Your lawyer will advocate for you every step of the way, from the discovery process, to calling expert witnesses that might include mental health or financial professionals. Based on the degree of contention, these cases can take some time to resolve. When the judge issues his or her ruling, it is final. Even with high-conflict divorce litigation, Freed Marcroft might be able to negotiate some terms of the divorce outside of court.
LOW-CONFLICT DIVORCE LITIGATION
Many believe that litigation and contentiousness go hand in hand. This cannot be farther from the truth. In a low-conflict divorce litigation, spouses are respectful and cooperative, even though they have vastly different views. With the help of their lawyers, the two sides can work together to agree on issues during low-conflict divorce litigation. You can benefit from four-way meetings that include you, your spouse, and both attorneys. Oftentimes, both sides come to an agreement during the meetings, and going to court isn’t necessary. If you cannot reach an agreement during these meetings, Freed Marcroft’s divorce attorneys will litigate your case in front of a judge, who will then decide the outcome. The team will develop a legal strategy for you that might include a formal discovery process and presentation of evidence when litigating a low-conflict divorce.
DIVORCE INFORMATION & FACTS
Freed Marcroft’s divorce attorneys have a lot of experience helping people through this time, and part of our job is to explain how divorce and family law work in Connecticut. Check out our Divorce Information and Facts for answers to the most common legal questions. In addition, we are always adding new divorce and family law information to both our Divorce and Family Law Blog and YouTube video channel.
If we decide to work together, you will have the opportunity to ask (and we will answer) whatever legal questions are on your mind. Your lawyer’s answers will be specific to you, your situation, and your goals.
HOW CAN ATTORNEYS HELP WITH THE DIVORCE PROCESS?
Freed Marcroft’s attorneys have extensive experience handling divorces via all three approaches: mediation, litigation, and collaborative law. Your Freed Marcroft legal team will help you understand the pros and cons of all three so that you can choose the approach that’s the right fit for you and your family.
What is most important to us is designing a divorce individualized to you, your goals, and your family. We call our initial consultation the Goals & Planning Conference because it’s all about your future. That way, your divorce attorney is set up to design a legal strategy to get you on to living the life that you want to live.