In many jurisdictions, just about anyone can hang a shingle and offer services as a divorce mediator without having had any experience or training whatsoever. The most competent authorities on divorce mediation recommend hiring a mediator or Review Counsel for mediation who is experienced and knowledgeable in this nuanced area.
With over 14 years of experience, Attorney Carmina Hirsch continues to provide mediation services to the community and serves as Review Counsel for clients already in the mediation process looking for limited representation when they need it. Prior to law school, Carmina worked for an alternative dispute resolution agency (Mediation Matters) in New York, where she became certified in mediation, mediated cases in family, civil, and non-violent criminal matters, taught mediation and conflict resolution skills for mediation certification trainings, and managed the family programs, including issues regarding divorce, alimony, asset and debt allocation, real property and personal property distribution, child custody and visitation, and child support. Carmina also served as a Mediation Specialist for the Connecticut Judicial Branch, and was supervisor for the Stamford team.
Mediation is rapidly becoming the preferred means of negotiating a divorce settlement. Mediation can save you money in legal fees, may allow greater flexibility in negotiated agreements, and can usually achieve a settlement faster than going through the litigation process concluding with a trial. Mediation can be utilized at any point - prior to or during the pendency of a lawsuit - and unlike court proceedings, mediation is confidential.
Contact us to discuss the mediation option that works best for your matter. For more information on divorce mediation, download Carmina's article Divorce Mediation: Mediating Financial Disputes (published in Connecticut Lawyer magazine) and her Ebook from our home page.