Lawyer Monthly - January 2024

About Rosemarie Ferrante Rosemarie Ferrante is a family attorney who has been practicing exclusively family law for over 25 years. She focuses her practice on non-adversarial divorce through mediation and the collaborative divorce processes. Rosemarie’s goal is to make a positive impact on the divorce process by giving couples the resources and tools they need to help their family transition smoothly through the restructuring of their family. Rosemarie is Vice President of CCND, The Connecticut Council for Non Adversarial Divorce, the statewide non-profit professional organization of Connecticut mediators and collaborative divorce practitioners. She is a member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). She is a founding chapter leader of the National Association of Divorce Professionals (NADP), the first national organization that unites professionals who serve clients going through all stages of the divorce process. She is a participating member in several collaborative practice groups throughout CT. Her bar association memberships include the American Bar Association (Family Law section, Mediation section and Collaborative section), the Connecticut Bar Association (Family Law Section and ADR Section), the Danbury Bar Association and the Fairfield County Bar Association. Rosemarie founded Divorce Resource CT to provide public education and awareness and support to those contemplating divorce. In partnership with Hollis Hardiman, CDFA, she offers education, support and wellness workshops for individuals not only contemplating divorce, but also for those going through the process, as well as those seeking post-divorce information. The workshops are presented by herself and Hollis and various esteemed mental health professionals and are offered throughout Fairfield County, CT and online. Rosemarie is a frequent guest on podcasts where she discusses the benefits of an integrative divorce process in which a team of interdisciplinary professionals best suited for the individual family guides the family through the divorce process to ensure a positive postdivorce co-parenting and financial life. She co-edited a book on divorce in Connecticut, “Divorce and Separation, Connecticut Edition” available on Amazon. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1993 and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1996, where she was Primary Notes & Comments Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. She was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1996 and the New York Bar in 1997. collaborative divorce minimizes conflict and empowers spouses to make informed decisions. This process also imparts conflict resolution skills, equipping spouses with the ability to effectively address any future disagreements. How long does the collaborative divorce process take in Connecticut? The duration of the collaborative divorce process can vary depending on the complexity of the issues involved and the willingness of both spouses to cooperate. Collaborative divorce is an efficient process which considers the unique needs each family presents. How can I determine if collaborative divorce is right for me? To determine if collaborative divorce is right for you, consider whether you and your spouse are emotionally prepared to engage in a constructive dialogue, are willing and able to make compromises, and are ready to work together to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Divorce is never easy and the discussions will be challenging, but collaborative divorce offers a compassionate, efficient, and empowering alternative to traditional divorce litigation. Many individuals think that mediation and collaborative divorce only work if both spouses agree on all issues. That isn’t the case. Trained divorce professionals keep the conversations balanced and ensure each spouse has a voice. By prioritizing cooperation and mutual respect, these processes allow spouses to maintain control over the outcome while preserving their relationships, protecting their children and minimizing the emotional and financial toll often associated with divorce. WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM 23

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