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.
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.
Many Connecticut residents who are considering divorce dread the idea of a lengthy court battle, but in some cases they can avoid the time, expense and emotion of litigation and instead pursue a negotiated settlement. The advantages of a negotiated divorce, in addition to staying out of the court room, include the process taking less time and having more control over the outcome of the divorce.