If the mediator is an attorney, the attorney can assist the parties in filing all papers with the court, including starting the dissolution of marriage action, preparing and filing the necessary financial disclosure documents, child support guidelines and preparing the divorce agreement, divorce judgment, and final papers to be filed with the court. Often times, a state marshal or sheriff does not need to be used to serve the divorce papers if a waiver of service is signed by the defendant. In Connecticut, the divorce mediator, if she or he is an attorney, can attend the final hearing and assist the couple at this appearance. In Connecticut, the couple (or at least the Plaintiff) will have to attend the final court appearance. Hence, one trip to the court is a requirement.
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