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Family law matters: Seeking a more peaceful divorce

Many couples in Connecticut happily spend years of their lives together. But as time passes them, life changes them to people that are far removed from who they were at the beginning of their marriage. As such, many couples who were at one point happily married choose to seek a divorce. Because of their respect and love for one another, they want family law options that will lead to a more peaceful resolution than that of litigation.

Even though a divorce is inherently emotionally difficult, litigation can often create additional conflict. Spouses are often forced to provide evidence against their former partner, which can make continuing a relationship in the future -- if children are involved -- especially complicated. Additionally, litigation can often prolong the process and increase the expense associated with it.

Fortunately, there are other options. For example, some couples choose mediation, a process in which both spouses meet with a neutral mediator. Though each can have their own legal representation, these attorneys often take a lesser role in the process. Another option is collaborative law; as part of this process, both spouses agree that they will not go to court but will instead work with specially trained attorneys. Often, other professionals, such as child specialists, become involved.

While there are benefits to each form, having a frank conversation with an attorney with experience with family law can ensure that a person is fully informed about all of the available options in Connecticut. In some cases, resolutions with the potential for less conflict may not be possible. Regardless of which path a person chooses, he or she often feels more peaceful knowing that an experienced professional is helping him or her throughout the process.

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