A divorce can be expensive, financially and emotionally. Like any other lawsuit, discovery and trial preparation costs can quickly multiply. Tempers may flare and court battles can become out of control.
In an extremely difficult divorce, the parties can become combatants with a “win at all costs” attitude. And the parties’ life histories and divorce battle can become public.Simply put, there is a better way for many people — alternative dispute resolution. When spouses can agree to cooperate toward a timely and cost-effective resolution, alternative methods of resolution, such as mediation and collaborative divorce, may be viable options to consider.At the Law Offices of Robert B. Fried, I am fully trained in the alternative dispute resolution methods of mediation and collaborative divorce. These approaches allow my clients to use my extensive knowledge of family law and my 30-plus years of practice experience. Contact my Hartford, Connecticut, office for more information.
The Collaborative Divorce Process
Collaborative divorce is an exciting alternative to traditional litigated divorce. With an agreement not to go to court, the divorcing parties meet to negotiate their differences. The attorneys are present at all negotiations. With an informal setting and an agreement not to litigate, there is no need for expensive discovery procedures and courtroom litigation.
Some have called it “divorce with dignity” or “peaceful divorce.” This is a new way for divorcing parties to control the process and avoid the unknowns of litigated divorce. Your lives remain private. Children are kept out of court and important decisions are in your control rather than a judge’s.
Contact my office if you are facing divorce. I will assess your situation to see if mediation or collaborative divorce is right for you. I offer a free consultation. I am open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and am available evenings and weekends by appointment. I accept Visa and MasterCard.
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