Heidi E. Opinsky

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Divorce Litigation and Divorce Alternatives

Divorce Litigation Lawyer

Serving Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Ridgefield & Wilton, CT; Manhattan & Westchester County, NY; & Beyond

Understanding Divorce Alternatives

Looking for a skilled divorce lawyer in the Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Ridgefield, and Wilton, CT or Manhattan and Westchester County, NY areas to help navigate your legal separation? You’ve come to the right place.  When a couple is going through a divorce, an amicable resolution to all of the issues would be the most favorable outcome. However, there often are conflicts surrounding one or more of the issues that must be resolved in order to finalize the divorce. A divorce, especially one involving moderate to high net worth, may lead to litigation before a judge in order to get a judicial resolution for one or more matters. During this process, you will be thankful to have a trusted divorce lawyer by your side. Some of the commonly litigated issues in these types of cases include:

Fairfield County divorce litigation lawyer Heidi E. Opinsky and her family law colleagues are committed to providing the best possible divorce representation in Fairfield County, exceeding the expectations of her clients. Ms. Opinsky works with a team dedicated to providing legal services that surpass the highest of standards for divorce lawyers.

Collaborative Law And Mediation

Although litigation always is a possibility, Fairfield divorce litigation lawyer Heidi E. Opinsky often recommends other methods of resolving issues that may facilitate open communication moving forward, which is especially important if there are children who will necessitate ongoing interaction. Collaborative law and mediation are two of these alternatives our divorce lawyer can assist you with.

Collaborative law is an alternative to litigation. It involves an agreement between the parties that they will not pursue litigation. In collaborative law, the parties each have the right to their own divorce attorney to mediate their disputes in an effort to avoid litigation. The parties usually execute a collaborative law agreement evidencing their commitment to work toward a negotiated agreement. The primary benefit of engaging in a collaborative process overseen by the divorce lawyers is a faster resolution in most cases. The parties also have far more control over the allocation and division of the assets and support, custody and visitation, in accordance with their wishes, rather than leaving it up to the judge to make the most important decisions. In addition, the outcome is more discrete rather than going through a court trial which results in litigating disputes in an open courtroom.

Mediation is also based on negotiation and compromise to reach agreement on the open issues. In mediation, there is a neutral third party, usually a divorce attorney, who assists the spouses in prioritizing goals in order to resolve issues. The mediator is able to guide the parties to decisions that would be acceptable to a judge based upon the law in the state in which the divorce is taking place. As with collaborative law and litigation, in mediation, our divorce lawyer may bring outside experts into the Mediation proceeding to assist the parties. If there is an agreement, whether it be through mediation or collaborative law, the judge still must approve the parties’ agreement before it becomes final. Should litigation be necessary, the court will have to render the final decisions on all unresolved matters.

Fairfield County Divorce Attorney Heidi E. Opinsky Represents Individuals In High Net Worth Divorces

Based in Manhattan, NY and Stamford, CT; we are proud to represent clients throughout Fairfield, CT; Greenwich, CT; Darien, CT; Wilton, CT; New Canaan, CT; Ridgefield, CT; and all of Westchester County, NY.