Connecticut Dispute Resolution Attorneys for Family Law Matters
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At Needle | Cuda, effective dispute resolution is at the heart of our family law practice. For decades, our Westport family law attorneys have helped clients overcome conflicts and lay the foundation for a more secure future. Our attorneys are adept at employing a variety of alternatives to litigation, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration. If you have a pressing family law issue that requires a legal remedy, you can trust our legal team to provide the personalized attention, sound guidance, creative thinking and determined representation necessary to achieve your goals.
Family law resolutions in Connecticut
When you have a legal dispute, effective resolution consists of two elements: a process and a product. Your end goal is the product, which is some sort of enforceable agreement. This can be in the form of a contract, like a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, which a court can implement when necessary. Another form is a marital settlement, which the court must approve to resolve a question of legal status, such as a divorce or child custody.
The dispute resolution processes available in family law cases include:
- Negotiation —Attorneys for each side meet to lay out and discuss their positions and try to reach an agreement on the best terms possible for their clients. Resolution depends on each side being reasonable enough to compromise appropriately on their positions in order to coax agreement from the other. On the other hand, one side can sometimes leverage an agreement simply by having more bargaining power. However, each party has the right to walk away from negotiations at any time prior to an actual agreement, leaving the matter unresolved.
- Mediation — This method of alternative dispute resolution is voluntary and relies on compromise to achieve results satisfactory to both sides. A neutral third party, the mediator, guides discussions between parties and their attorneys, which continue point by point until an agreement or impasse is reached. Resolved issues become part of a settlement agreement, while unresolved issues may need to be decided by the court.
- Arbitration — This method of alternative dispute resolution is more like a trial than a mediation, although it can be more informal and confidential. The arbitrator acts as a judge for the parties, who present their arguments and evidence. In family law disputes, parties may arbitrate financial issues related to alimony and equitable distribution of marital property. Child custody and child support cannot be arbitrated in Connecticut.
- Litigation — Going to trial has drawbacks in terms of time and expense, but it gives parties powerful tools to get at the root of highly contentious financial issues. Sometimes it is the only way to resolve a matter, especially if the other side will not be reasonable. The litigation process affords rights of discovery that can be helpful no matter how the dispute is eventually resolved. These include the ability to request documents and other information from the other party, to subpoena records and to depose witnesses. Litigation can be used to resolve all or part of a case, or post-judgment enforcement or modification of custody or certain financial orders.
The dispute resolution method that is best for you depends on a variety of circumstances. Our experienced family law litigation attorneys can advise you on the appropriate process for your situation and goals.
Contact our Westport, CT family law attorneys for dispute resolution
Needle | Cuda helps clients in Fairfield County resolve a wide array of family law disputes. We provide highly professional yet personal representation focused on delivering positive results. To schedule a consultation, call us today at 203-429-4151 or contact our Westport office online.