Television and movie dramatizations would have everyone believe that the end of a marriage is a contention-filled battle that plays out in front of a judge. However, as the law firm of Mariani Reck Lane LLC knows, this does not have to be the case. Low conflict options, such as mediation and a collaborative divorce, can help couples in Connecticut reduce the stress and financial strain often associated with the end of their romantic relationship.

These options are a good fit for couples who are willing to come together in the spirit of honesty and compromise. In mediation, both spouses meet with a mediator, who is a neutral third-party. The couple then work together with the mediator to achieve an agreement that is acceptable to both. If no agreement can be reached, litigation remains an option.

In a collaborative divorce, discussions occur with a team. The team is composed of two attorneys, one for each spouse, two divorce coaches, a child specialist and a financial specialist. The goal of this approach is to settle the divorce through a series of meetings, allowing the parties to avoid going to court. If an agreement cannot be reached, the team is disbanded.

There are many benefits to these approaches to a divorce in Connecticut. For example, because the process empowers each spouse, he or she may be more willing to meet the terms of any agreements in the future, which can potentially reduce the possibility of conflict. Couples who go through these low-conflict options have more flexibility in the arrangements they create, more privacy in the process and less anxiety. The law firm of Mariani Reck Lane LLC has several decades of experience with these methods and can help couples come to a more peaceful resolution.