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Child custody mediation for Connecticut parents

Child custody mediation has become a popular alternative method of establishing a custody and visitation agreement in Connecticut. This type of mediation takes into account the needs and desires of both parents and children and allows for a more harmonious end to the marriage without visiting undue trauma or stress upon the children or the parents. However, successful child custody mediation requires certain key attitudes and behaviors on the part of both parents.

The benefits of divorce mediation

More Connecticut couples whose marriages are ending are turning to mediation to help them make decisions about many common divorce issues. Even those with contentious child custody or property division issues may benefit from choosing mediation instead of litigation.

Divorce mediation could save time and money

Couples from Connecticut who are going through a divorce might not be familiar about the goals of divorce mediation. This can be either voluntary or mandated by the court. Typically, the goal of the process is to create a divorce agreement that is acceptable by both parties, avoid unnecessary expense and emotional distress that typically accompanies litigation and lessen the chances of there being any hostility between the former couple.

Divorce mediation in Connecticut

There are two types of divorce: those in which partners compete for every inch and those where both parties are committed to achieving a fair, equitable and cooperative future for themselves and for any children in the family. For those seeking an amicable divorce, mediation may be the ideal legal path to follow.

The role of mediation in divorce

Couples in Connecticut who are divorcing may benefit by using mediation. Mediation can also be mandated by a court. In both cases, it is a way for a third party to work with couples in order to come to agreements about topics like child custody, asset division and other issues.

The process and advantages of divorce mediation

Connecticut couples who are going through a divorce may find that working out the terms of the divorce can create arguments that not only financially drain both individuals but also create emotional strain. In some cases, couples who are having trouble with property division, child custody or alimony may be able to work out agreements through mediation.

More divorcing spouses choosing to "consciously uncouple"

Many Connecticut couples who are in the midst of divorce proceedings may bristle at the thought of remaining on good terms with their soon-to-be exes. Other couples, however, have decided to follow in Gwyneth Paltrow's footsteps by separating through "conscious uncoupling." This is essentially an amicable split where the two people still consider themselves to be family while they are not actually together as a couple.

The importance of preparation in child custody mediation

Connecticut parents facing divorce may also be considering mediation to work out child custody and visitation issues. One thing those parents may not think about is how to best prepare themselves for the mediation itself. Parents may wish to consider whether they can agree on any points prior to the start of formal mediation. If this is possible, it may make the entire process of mediation go more smoothly.

Collaborative divorce leads to healthy co-parenting

In most cases, a dad in a contested divorce dispute is told by family law mediators that he will lose a majority of child custody rights and property division rights to mom, and he will also be expected to pay a hefty child support each month. This can lead to a feeling of hopelessness for divorcing fathers, but fortunately there is a remedy on the rise. Collaborative divorce and co-parenting are both holistic approaches to uncontested divorce that are gaining recognition in the mediation system as an alternative the gender-based process.

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