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Introduction to Mediation: Part II

Research indicates that the successful adjustment of children during times of family-related stress is directly related to two factors:

 

  • the level of cooperation between parents
  • the continued involvement of both parents in their lives

 

Mediation, therefore, encourages participants to see themselves as the co-parents who share in the responsibility of their children’s future care.

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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Introduction to Mediation: Part I

Mediation is a confidential service that brings parents together with a mediator to work on solving their parenting differences in a positive way. The parents’ role as the decision-makers when it comes to their children’s future is very important to this process.

 

Taking part in the decision-making has positive and lasting results for parents and children. Parents are more likely to stay with a parenting plan they have created together instead of one that is decided for them by the Court.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Conflict Resolution Conference: Part 6

It is necessary that you make a commitment to cooperate with the Family Services Office in the following ways:

 

1. Keep scheduled appointments and arrive on time for all meetings.

2. Remain open to new suggestions and ideas.

3. Sign the necessary Authorization for Release of Information forms and bring all requested information to your appointments.

4. Do not bring children with you to the Conflict Resolution Conference.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Conflict Resolution Conference: Part 5

Tips for Success

 Your participation and cooperation throughout the CRC process is essential.

We know that the process may be a stressful and emotional one. However, it is helpful to listen to what everyone has to say and to share your opinions and concerns in a way that shows respect for everyone in the process.

 

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Conflict Resolution Conference: Part 3

One role of the FRC is to provide a neutral, supportive, and structured place for discussions to occur. The counselor helps to keep the focus of the meetings on the best interests of the children while allowing the needs and desires of the parents to be considered. The FRC may also provide education about alternative parenting plans and how they are impacted by the stages of child development.

 

It is also possible that the FRC will consider information received from other resources, in an attempt to help the parents resolve their differences. While the parents keep their roles as the decision-makers in this process, the FRC may offer their verbal assessment of the situation and ultimately share recommendations they believe will resolve the issues. These assessments and recommendations are not reported to the Court.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Family Services Issue Focused Evaluations: Part 5

The final conference is when the FRC will share relevant information gathered during the IFE, present an assessment of the referred issue, and provide a recommended plan to resolve the matter. A written report summarizing the information shared in the final conference will also be handed out in this meeting and given to the Court.

 

If this information and report does not help the parents come to an agreement, the matter will most likely go to trial. At that time, the FRC’s recommendations and report may be used as evidence and the counselor may testify.

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Important Divorce Statutes and Court Rules

Statutes

(General Statutes of Connecticut, Title 46b)

 Section 46b-40. Grounds for dissolution of marriage; legal separation; annulment “… (c) A decree of dissolution of a marriage … shall be granted upon a finding that one of the following causes has occurred:

(1) the marriage has broken down irretrievably; (2) the parties have lived apart by reason of incompatibility for a continuous period of at least the eighteen months immediately prior to the service of the complaint and that there is no reasonable prospect that they will be reconciled …”

 • Section 46b-44 Residency requirement.

• Section 46b-45 Service and filing of complaint.

• Section 46b-46 Notice to nonresident party. Jurisdiction over nonresident for alimony and support.

• Section 46b-51 Stipulation of parties and finding of irretrievable breakdown.

• Section 46b-53 Conciliation procedures; privileged communications.

• Section 46b-67 Waiting period. Effect of decree.

 

 Court Rules

(Connecticut Practice Book, Chapter 25)

 Chapter 25. Procedure in Family Matters

• Section 25-2 Complaints for Dissolution of Marriage or Civil Union, Legal Separation, or Annulment

• Section 25-3 Action for Custody of Minor Child

• Section 25-5 Automatic Orders upon Service of Complaint or Application

• Section 25-7 Pleadings in General; Amendments to Complaint or Application

• Section 25-27 Motion for Contempt

• Section 25-28 Order of Notice

• Section 25-30 Statements to Be Filed

• Section 25-49 Definitions

• Section 25-50 Case Management

• Section 25-57 Affidavit Concerning Children

• Section 25-58 Reports of Dissolution of Marriage or Civil Union and Annulment

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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