Mediation is a less formal process than litigation where the parties select a neutral third party to help them forge compromises and, if successful, ultimately reach a final separation agreement that deals with the financial, custody and other issues involved in a divorce. Unlike litigation, mediation is akin to a settlement negotiation and is both confidential and not binding on the parties. The mediator does not represent either party in the mediation, does not provide them with legal advice, and does not decide issues. Rather, the mediator provides the parties with information, and helps them to identify and address the relevant issues and to bridge their differences. If the mediation is not successful, the parties may then litigate the action. If the mediation is successful and parties reach a final separation agreement, that agreement will be binding, once the marriage is dissolved by a court.
If you have any questions related to divorce in Connecticut, please contact Joseph C. Maya, Esq. at (203) 221-3100 or e-mail him directly at JMaya@Mayalaw.com.