Louise R. Zito, JD
Beth Karassik, Ph.D.
This comprehensive training is designed to give each participant the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to mediate family matters. The training utilizes role plays (don’t be shy) & exercises in breakout rooms, lectures, demonstrations, videos, games (fun) and discussions in small and full group settings. Our multifaceted and practical training approach is designed to immerse you in every aspect of divorce or custody mediation. You will gain actual mediation experience, from conducting the initial meeting through the filing of the final dissolution papers and/or uncontested hearing. You will be provided with tools, techniques and practical advice to enable you to be a competent divorce mediator.
· Networking opportunities
Attorney DeFranco practices exclusively in the areas of divorce mediation, collaborative divorce and, in spite of her better judgment, still takes some family litigation cases. Attorney DeFranco has practiced family law for over 35 years, is a member of the Family Law Section of the CT Bar Association, Past President of the Danbury Bar Association, a James Cooper Lifetime Fellow and has earned the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell annually since 2012.
For over 15 years, Attorney DeFranco has been an active proponent of making mediation and collaborative law more accessible to divorcing spouses in CT. She believes that in the vast majority of cases, collaborative and mediation divorce processes offer a more dignified and supportive structure for spouses while paving the way for a healthier post-divorce life for their families. Attorney DeFranco is past President of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce (CCND) and has served as a board member since 2010. She is the founding member of the Collaborative Divorce Group of Western CT, a member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) and the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners (IACP). She has served the CT judiciary for decades as a special master and has lectured extensively on various topics of divorce and mediation. She has been a part of the Connecticut Family Mediation Training Group since its inception in 2014.
Eva lives with her husband and two dogs in Sherman, Ct. She is an avid gardener and a bad but happy golfer.
Louise R. Zito is a collaborative attorney, mediator, trainer and divorce consultant, with over 35 years of experience. She is the founder of the Center for Divorce, Mediation and Collaboration (CDMC) and serves as Of Counsel to Dolan Divorce Lawyers, PLLC. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York.
Louise has a deep appreciation for the team approach to resolving family matters and is available for consultations, review counsel, referrals, second opinions and impasse resolution. She is accepting a limited number of mediations and collaborative cases.
As “Of Counsel” with Dolan Divorce Lawyers, she is uniquely positioned to draw upon the expertise of other attorneys dedicated SOLELY to divorce, custody, pre/post nuptial agreements and other family matters as well as her CDMC resources.
Louise is a partner/founder of the CT Family Mediation Training Group, Senior Fellow of Quinnipiac University School of Law’s Center for Dispute Resolution, Co-chair of the Steering Committee of The Taskforce on Reimagining Family Dispute Resolution, Past President and Board member of the Connecticut Council for Non-adversarial Divorce (CCND). She is an APFM-Certified Advanced Practitioner and member of IACP.