Non-Adversarial Divorce

Changing the way people divorce or separate by reducing conflict and improving the lives of family members

The Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce (CCND) is the statewide non-profit professional organization of Connecticut mediators and collaborative divorce practitioners. Our membership includes attorneys, mental health professionals and financial specialists. CCND’s mission is to promote peaceful, respectful and private divorce processes throughout Connecticut. CCND also promotes non-adversarial conflict resolution with the aim of increasing awareness of non-adversarial alternatives to litigation, and changing public expectations about divorce.

  • Divorce Mediation

    Divorce Mediation is a process that fosters discussion between the divorcing couple with the help of a neutral third party, the mediator. A mediator acts as a facilitator, helping people in conflict explore options and find a settlement that works for everyone involved, but does not make decisions for you. In mediation, the emphasis is on maintaining communication between you and your spouse.

    The goal is to develop a tailored divorce agreement that will be submitted to the family court at the end of the mediation process, but will keep contact with the court as brief as possible. Once you’ve reached agreement with your spouse, the legal part of the divorce is a simple process. Divorce mediators may be attorneys who have experience in divorce cases, or they may be professional mediators who are not attorneys, but who have training specifically in the area of family court matters.

  • Collaborative Divorce

    Collaborative Divorce is a non-adversarial process in which you and your spouse each hire a specially-trained collaborative divorce attorney to represent you and negotiate an agreement. Both parties make a pledge that the attorneys will withdraw if an agreement cannot be reached. Once the collaborative divorce starts, the lawyers are legally disqualified from representing you and your spouse in a contested legal proceeding.

    Collaborative Divorce protects privacy and confidentiality, and allows for an agreement without court intervention. Although the process is much gentler and well-received by those who embrace it, the divorcing parties must be willing to work honestly, openly, and in good faith to arrive at a fair resolution without court involvement.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Mediation and Collaboration is fair and legally enforceable

If you are divorcing or separating, we are a multi-faceted resource for you to learn about your options.  By making the right choice in the beginning, and choosing to mediate or collaborate rather than litigate the end of your marriage, we can help prevent a bitter, endless or expensive struggle; create a respectful process for you and your children; and work out a fair, legally enforceable settlement.

We offer a free searchable database to locate a mediator, collaborative divorce practitioner or other divorce professional. This list includes individuals from the legal, mental health and financial professions.

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Term Definitions

Review Counsel
An attorney you hire for advice and guidance through the mediation process, and who will review your mediated agreement with you before it is finalized.
Divorce Coaches
Mental health professionals who are specially trained to facilitate the collaborative process, and create developmentally appropriate parenting plans.
Court Orders
Decisions made by a judge that are legally binding on you and enforceable through the inherent powers of the Court.