Frequently asked questions

A consultation can be arranged by either sending us a message via our Contact page or calling us at 860-600-4200.  There is a $300.00 fee for the consultation session at which the issues and fees for mediation/arbitration will be discussed and a neutral selected. 

We accept Discover, MasterCard, Visa and debit cards. There is a convenient link located under our Contact tab at the top right of this screen. 

We are not a law firm, but rather a Center using the Neutrals in each specialty with years of training and experience in their field.  We continue to seek the top individuals for the cases brought to our Center.

Once you retain our firm for mediation/arbitration services you will be assigned a Case Manager who is responsible for scheduling and coordinating the gathering of documents. If the matter involves arbitration, the Case Manager will coordinate among the parties and the arbitrator to establish deadlines for the exchange of evidence and schedule arbitration sessions.  The Case Manager will respond to any inquiry within 24 business hours. 

Contact our office via telephone at (860) 600-4200. We can also be reached via email at

If you call after hours, you will receive a response the following business day.

No. Mediation is a process which is litigant friendly, allowing individuals to participate effectively without the need to hire independent counsel. It is also a process which, at the parties’ election, takes place with the assistance of counsel. Oftentimes parties participate in the mediation process without attorneys and later hire counsel to review the agreement reached through mediation.

If you choose to arbitrate a matter, however, parties generally choose to have an attorney represent them as the process involves the presentation of evidence, direct and cross examination of witnesses and, on occasion, the submission of legal briefs.

Child custody is determined by the parents with the assistance of a mediator with decades of experience in the legal aspects of child custody as well as child development. It is the most effective way to resolve the custody fight which, if prolonged and antagonistic, will have life- long effects on your child. The mediator will meet with you, discuss your child, his/her needs and schedule and your schedules to help craft a custody agreement that is in the best interest of your child.

Connecticut law has changed such that it is no longer necessary to wait 90 days to get a divorce after a divorce action is filed. If a divorce action has been filed before mediation is begin, typically a dissolution date can be scheduled within two weeks. If no divorce action has been filed, once an agreement is reached – whether that takes one or more mediation sessions – the divorce action can be initiated and a hearing scheduled within two weeks so long as there is a waiver of the ninety-day period and a waiver of service.

Legal custody is the designation of which parent (typically both) has the authority to make medical, academic and religious decisions for the minor child. Joint legal custody, as to sole legal custody, is favored by the courts so that both mother and father can be an involved, effective parent to a child.

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