Taking A Different Approach To Divorce

At the New London law firm of Mariani Reck Lane, LLC, our attorneys have extensive trial experience. However, we don't believe that litigation is best in every situation. On the contrary, resolving divorces and other family law matters through mediation or collaborative law is often the better option.

What Is Divorce Mediation?

In mediation, both parties meet with a neutral third party (the mediator), with the goal of reaching a mutually acceptable agreement. If mediation proves to be unsuccessful, however, the parties still retain the option of litigating their divorce.

What Is A Collaborative Divorce?

In a collaborative divorce, each spouse has his or her own attorney who is trained to work in a nonadversarial way as part of a collaborative team. This team consists of two divorce "coaches," a neutral financial specialist and a child specialist. Each party selects his or her own collaborative lawyer and divorce coach, and together they choose the financial and child specialists.

The object of the collaborative model is to permit the parties to settle each and every aspect of their divorce through a series of meetings with one or all members of the team without going to court. In fact, a signed participation agreement commits the parties to refrain from any participation in a court process until the final agreement is put to judgment. All team members agree to withdraw if the case goes to court. Parties must agree to transparency and open sharing of information.

Learn more about collaborative divorce on our FAQ page.

What Are The Benefits?

Both mediation and collaborative divorce focus on resolving problems and creating solutions. Communication is intended to be civil and respectful, which can make the process easier on both you and your children.

Using a private, less adversarial model also permits you to make well-informed and appropriate decisions that will minimize future conflict. You can protect yourself and your children from the hostility and intrusion of the court process. The security and privacy of mediation or collaborative divorce also means less anxiety and more control over the outcome. You are free to develop creative agreements that truly meet your family's needs.

Discover whether mediation or collaborative divorce is right for you. Call Mariani Reck Lane at 860-910-1048 or contact our Connecticut firm online today.