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ANNMARIE P. BRIONES is Of Counsel to Cohen and Wolf’s Family Law and Litigation Groups practicing in the firm’s Bridgeport and Westport offices. Ms. Briones practices primarily in the area of family law representing parties in divorce, legal separation, custody and post-judgment dissolution matters. Ms. Briones currently serves on the Faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. She has frequently served as a court appointed Guardian ad Litem and Attorney for Minor Childre...
Attorney Jeffrey W. Hill is an owner and Director of Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law. Divorces involve many complex issues, especially the division of financial assets, products and instruments. As an Arbitrator, Attorney Jeffrey Hill has a sophisticated knowledge not only of marital law, but also many other important and applicable areas of law. It is essential that an Arbitrator understands how to negotiate and mediate. As a divorce lawyer for almost thirty years and a veteran in the Conne...
Jocelyn B. Hurwitz is a principal and chair of Cohen and Wolf's Family Law Group. Dividing her time between the firm's Bridgeport, Orange and Westport offices, Ms. Hurwitz practices in the areas of family law litigation and divorce mediation. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut, and the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut. Ms. Hurwitz is a member of the American, Connecticut and Greater Bridgeport Bar Associations. She is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Connecticut ...
Rachel A. Pencu is a principal in Cohen and Wolf's Family Law and Litigation Groups. Dividing her time between the firm's Bridgeport and Westport offices, Ms. Pencu practices primarily in the area of family law litigation. Ms. Pencu serves as a Special Master, appointed by the Superior Court, to mediate divorce disputes in the judicial districts of Bridgeport, Danbury and Milford. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut and is a member of the American, Connecticut Fairfield County and Grea...
Alan Rubenstein is a highly-skilled family lawyer, divorce mediator, and collaborative divorce attorney. He has practiced family and divorce law for more than 30 years. He has served as counsel for approximately 1,200 divorces, involving more than 250 divorce mediations, 150 collaborative/cooperative divorces, and numerous hearings and trials. A trained marriage and family counselor with a Master of Science in counseling psychology with a specialization in marriage and family therapy, Alan ap...
About Chris I started working at age 13. My first job was as a little league umpire, where I quickly learned how to maintain composure, order, and control while dealing with emotionally charged parents and coaches. By age 16, I woke up early each summer morning to cut the grass and rake bunkers at Racebook Country Club. During college, I worked as a construction laborer, landscaper, gravedigger, waiter, boat cleaner, and marketing assistant for UConn athletics. I will consistently outhustle a...
Family Law Mediation Definition
Mediation is common in divorce, but also may be used in areas such as pre- or post-nuptial agreements and paternity matters. Couples with low conflict and reasonably good communication may choose mediation as an efficient way to navigate and resolve family law issues. Couples with more significant conflict or who struggle to communicate effectively may find mediation beneficial as a means of problem-solving, reducing conflict, and breaking impasse. Mediators should encourage and model positive communication-both speaking and listening skills. Mediators can help the parties communicate and negotiate more constructively, efficiently, and productively.
Mediators are usually privately selected and retained by the parties, though courts can order parties to participate in mediation. Mediation can occur with parties who have individually retained lawyers or parties who are self-represented. The parties most commonly communicate with one another directly in the presence of the mediator.
Mediation involves an interest-based approach to negotiations. Mediators should have specialized training in dispute resolution approaches and techniques. Mediators use their skills to help open and improve communication between the parties to assist them in resolving issues. Communications in mediation generally cannot be used against a party if there is subsequent litigation, which encourages open communication in the process. Additional professionals may be involved in mediation, such as financial and mental health experts, to assure informed decision-making and assist in exploring settlement options. The goal of family law mediation is to assist the parties in creating their own agreements to meet both their needs as well as the needs of their children.
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