The economic downturn has caused individuals to question whether retaining an attorney for full representation to litigate their divorce is really the best option for their family. It took an economic collapse for divorcing parties to seek alternatives to the traditional, adversarial, and costly model of divorce.
The Start of Connecticut Legal Coaching
As an experienced family lawyer, I created Connecticut Legal Coaching to support and empower individuals facing the challenge of self-representation. Individuals seeking Legal Coaching are not just those without the financial means to hire an attorney. My coaching clients want to participate in the process and settlement of their divorce. These individuals want to understand the steps to their divorce process, what they need to do to move it forward, what the timelines and court dates mean, and they come to me for answers. I help them to understand the law, advise them of their rights and obligations, and together we discuss specific concerns surrounding parenting, finances, and ultimately how to reach a settlement with their spouse. I share with my clients the various factors a court considers when calculating support and dividing assets so they can start budgeting and planning for their future. I offer the same guidance in a post-divorce matter to individuals looking to increase or decrease a current support order, or enforce a provision in their agreement. While Legal Coaching is a choice to many, to most it is a necessity. For those with limited means, my unique "pay-as-you-go" and "a la carte" structure makes quality legal services accessible to all individuals so they can acquire the knowledge and tools needed to navigate through the system on their own. Legal Coaching helps educate individuals about the divorce process, including court procedures, so you enter the courthouse knowing what to expect and what to say with a level of confidence you might not otherwise have.
Legal Coaching for Individuals with its unique "pay-as-you-go" and "a la carte" structure makes quality legal services affordable to individuals who cannot afford to retain an attorney for full representation. Learn how to protect your rights in key areas such as division of property, retirement assets, alimony, and child support, while acquiring the knowledge and tools needed to navigate through the court system on your own. Individuals now have a place to turn for advice and guidance and where they become empowered to represent themselves effectively and with confidence. Legal Coaching helps educate individuals about the divorce process, including court procedures, so you enter the courthouse knowing what to expect and what to say with a level of confidence you might not otherwise have.
Limited Mediation Coaching for Couples was recently designed by me to offer divorcing couples, who are working amicably together, a unique and affordable alternative to full Mediation services. The couple will handle the parts of their case they are most comfortable with such as preparing and filing the divorce papers, organizing financial records, preparation of their financial affidavits, and discussing the parenting plan with their spouse. The couple comes to me on an as-needed basis for my legal expertise and guidance with the more complicated parts of their case which include preparing the child support guidelines worksheet, a division of assets, drafting the divorce agreement, and preparation for court conferences and the final court hearing.
Our Legal Coaching and LIMITED Mediation Coaching Services Include:
Discussing the steps involved in a divorce, post-divorce or custody matter.
Assistance in commencing an action, such as preparing court forms and the process of serving papers.
Guidance on court procedures and court etiquette.
Preparation of your financial affidavit, child support worksheets, motions, and court papers.
Learning how alimony and child support is calculated and how assets are divided.
Preparing you for court conferences, hearings and trial.
Discussing the terms and provisions of a divorce agreement.
Drafting and reviewing agreements and assistance with modifying or enforcing a divorce judgment.
Obtaining legal information and advice about preparing for divorce or commencing a divorce, post-divorce, or custody matter.
Discussing how procedures and guidelines work within the court system.
Guidance for a particular issue such as modifying child support, alimony or custody, a motion for contempt or to enforce a provision of your original divorce judgment.
Assistance with the drafting and filing of legal documents.
Coaching a client for a special motion or upcoming court hearing including preparing them to testify, preparing and serving a subpoena, or preparation for an upcoming trial.
Advantages of Legal Coaching:
Self-represented clients pay a reduced rate on a pay-as-you-go basis and there is no retainer required.
Legal Coaching removes much of the fear and uncertainty associated with not having an attorney for full representation.
Working as a team, the necessary steps are taken to “fully” prepare the client to arrive in court with the proper paperwork, what to say in court with confidence, and realistic expectations.