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How does divorce mediation in Connecticut work?

Divorce mediation can be an effective way to resolve your divorce.  In order for mediation to work, however, there must be full disclosure by each of the parties of their respective income and assets, and the parties must be able to communicate with each other and resolve support and access issues regarding their children.  

As a neutral mediator, I work with both parties to come to an agreement with respect to all issues surrounding their divorce, including asset division, support and custody.  The mediation process involves several steps, including:

  • preparing financial affidavits and financial disclosure;
  • obtaining values for marital assets, with appraisals if necessary;
  • providing neutral and generalized legal advice concerning such matters as the child support guidelines, asset distribution and alimony factors;
  • assessing each party’s needs and goals; and
  • developing an agreement which both parties find equitable and in the best interests of their children.

It is normally recommended that both parties have “review counsel” to provide individual legal advice with respect to a proposed, mediated divorce agreement. 

Peaceful mediation has many benefits.  It can save the parties as well as their children from the financial and emotional strain of a prolonged divorce proceeding.  In any litigated court proceeding, the Court will ultimately make orders on all aspects of your divorce in a setting which may be contentious.  In the mediation process, you maintain more control over the tone of the proceeding and you will have direct communication with your spouse concerning the areas of dispute.   The goal of the mediation process is to create a less adversarial setting where both parties can work together with the mediator to achieve a fair and equitable resolution to the dissolution of their marriage. 

For a consultation regarding the mediation process, please contact my office at (203) 557-0557 or complete the contact form on this site.  My office is conveniently located at 3 Bridge Square in Westport, Connecticut.

Dori-Ellen S. Feltman, attorney at law, serves clients throughout Fairfield County and New Haven County, Connecticut, including clients located in Greenwich, Darien, Norwalk, Wilton, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Easton, Danbury, Bethel