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Divorce mediation doesn't mean you're on your own

The thought alone of divorce is enough to make you sweat. As you close in on the process itself, your level of stress is sure to rise.

Fortunately, there are many ways to ease the tension associated with divorce in Connecticut, such as opting for mediation. When compared to litigation, this is a more time-efficient and cost-effective process. Not to mention the fact that the informal setting will help put your mind at ease.

But even though divorce mediation is more laid back than litigation, it doesn't mean you can simply coast through the process. You must pay close attention to every detail, while ensuring that you make decisions to protect your legal rights.

During mediation, you'll negotiate a settlement of various legal issues, including but not necessarily limited to:

  • Division of property and debt
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Spousal support

Making decisions on your own is risky, since you may not be fully aware of how family law works and the best way to protect your legal rights. Fortunately, you don't have to tackle this process alone.

A mediator is available to help with negotiations, resolve conflicts and explain the process. But they're not in position to provide legal advice to either individual or act in the same manner as a family law judge.

A family law attorney with experience in mediation can assist you in many ways:

  • Explain the divorce mediation process
  • Help prepare you for mediation
  • Assist with evaluating each potential settlement option
  • Review proposed settlements with your legal rights in mind
  • Prepare paperwork as you agree on the details of your divorce

It's a common myth that you only require legal assistance if your divorce case heads to litigation. Neglecting to consult with an attorney before and during mediation puts you at risk of making poor decisions that will affect you now and in the future.

There's a lot to like about divorce mediation, so head into the process with a clear mind and an idea of what you want to accomplish. When you combine this approach with knowledge of your legal rights in Connecticut, you can feel good about your ability to finalize your divorce without spending any time in court.

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