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Michelle Adelman

Michelle Adelman

Family Coach

Michelle Adelman is a licensed, practicing therapist for over 30 years, holding an M.S.Ed. in Counseling Psychology. She provides evidence-based individual, couple and family therapy, as well as co-parent counseling. As a trained Family Mediator and Collaborative Divorce Professional, Michelle participates on an interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce team as a mental health neutral, coaching families as they move through the transition of divorce. Her commitment is to lead your team in creating a space for you to more peacefully move through your divorce, providing a framework where the process creates a smaller footprint for you and your family moving forward. Restructuring a family provides the opportunity to define what the word divorce means for your family. This is a personal decision, and one that will have long-lasting impact on your children as you navigate conflict and move toward healing. As co-founder of Changing Families, Michelle delivered the CT Judicial Branch-approved Parenting Education Program for 11 years, is on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce, and a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. For 18 years, Michelle has offered her services throughout Fairfield County. She meets with clients in her Fairfield office, as well as remotely.

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John Aldrich

John Aldrich

Attorney

Attorney John H Aldrich concentrates his practice in the areas of collaborative divorce and divorce mediation with over 30 years of experience as an attorney. John Aldrich graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University in 1986. He received his Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law in 1989. In addition to his law practice, John gives back to his community through volunteer work. He served as a Commissioner of Norwalk’s Sixth Taxing District. In addition, he has also served as president of both Hill Top Homes (a senior living facility) and the Rowayton Library Board of Trustees. John is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and a volunteer with their pro bono divorce clinic. He also is a member of the Bridgeport Bar Association, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce. John Aldrich resides with his wife and family in Rowayton.

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Jill Bicks

Jill Bicks

Attorney

Jill Bicks has practiced law for over 30 years. Having observed the enormous toll on families and children during an adversarial court process, Jill’s practice has evolved from traditional litigation to embrace mediation and collaborative process, which treat separation and divorce as a family transition, rather than a war to be won.

Jill graduated from Cornell University and New York University School of Law, and is admitted to the bars of New York and Connecticut. Jill began her career at a large New York firm where she handled complex litigation and pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence. She later joined a matrimonial firm in New York and focused exclusively on family law.

After moving to Connecticut, Jill became an advocate for children in foster care, directing a program in Stamford Superior Court. When that program ended due to state budget cuts, Jill started a nonprofit to continue the work, serving as Founder and Executive Director of Child Advocates of SW Connecticut. Known for her experience in family law, Jill was a consultant to the hit HBO series “Divorce” starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Prior to forming her private practice, Jill was a Member in the family law group at Pullman and Comley.

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Erica Burten

Erica Burten

Attorney

Erica Burten is a dedicated attorney specializing in collaborative divorce and matrimonial and family law litigation. With a unique blend of courtroom experience and collaborative practice, Erica offers her clients a balanced approach to navigating the complexities of divorce and family law. Erica is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients, whether in the courtroom or through collaborative methods.

Erica’s clients often worry about the potential disruption to their family dynamics and the uncertainty of their future. She addresses these concerns by focusing on tailored family-centered solutions with the goal of alleviating post-judgment issues.

What sets Erica apart is her deep understanding of both litigation and collaborative divorce. Her courtroom experience enables her to advise clients on the realities of both processes, ensuring they are well-informed and prepared. For clients opting for a collaborative solution, Erica enlists a team of professionals which generally include a mental health professional, a financial neutral, and an additional divorce attorney. Each team member is trained and certified in mediation and collaborative divorce. For litigation matters, Erica frequently utilizes financial neutrals and forensic accountants to provide a more economically sensible resolution.

Erica’s philosophy centers on personalizing her practice. She offers judgment-free support and advocacy, understanding the emotional toll of divorce. Known for her honesty, empathy, and firm guidance, Erica helps clients transition from unhealthy marital relationships to healthy co-parenting dynamics.

Erica is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Fairfield County (CDPFC), the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), and the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce (CCND).

Erica earned her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Camden and her B.A. and Indiana University – Bloomington. Erica held a clerkship for the Honorable John A. Sweeney, Ret., A.J.S.C. in Burlington County, New Jersey. Erica resides in Westchester County with her two children.

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Jennifer Luise Champagne

Jennifer Luise Champagne

Family Coach

When parents separate and divorce, it creates a time of transition for the whole family. It is filled with a variety of emotions and needs for all of those experiencing it. Despite the changes, the members are still a family and each member must figure out how to move forward in this reorganized family. Parents are often  looking for options to help them cope with the changes of today, and prepare for the needs of tomorrow.

The office of Jennifer Luise Champagne has a number of services to help families during separation,  divorce and in the times following the dissolution of a marriage. The goal of this office is to help minimize  he conflict as parents focus on their children and the future of their reorganized family.

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Eva DeFranco

Eva DeFranco

Attorney

Eva DeFranco is a divorce mediator and collaborative divorce practitioner. She has practiced divorce law since 1986 and was trained in mediation and collaborative practice in 2005 and 2007. She is committed to helping her clients reduce the toll and turmoil inherent in the adversarial divorce process and guiding them to achieve their most important goals. Eva is Co-founder of the Ct Mediation Training Group and conducts the 40 hour mediation training in Ct for lawyers, mental health professionals and divorce financial planners. Eva is also Past President and a current board member of the Ct. Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce. She has been recognized with the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating as well as Super Lawyers. Eva is an avid vegetable gardener, potter, hiker and golfer and lives with her husband and golden retriever in Sherman, Ct.

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Jaime Dursht

Jaime Dursht

Attorney

Collaborative Divorce offers individuals and families a non-adversarial alternative for resolving divorce and custody issues respectfully and privately. While a divorce is simply the legal ending of a marriage, the restructuring of the family finances and the family system itself can be very difficult.

Having the collective guidance of mental health professionals specializing in divorce conflict as well as the expertise of certified divorce financial planners is extremely beneficial in preserving individual and family dignity throughout the process.

As a Collaborative Divorce attorney my role is to support the team with a commitment toward the goals of what our clients have identified as most important to them as they move their lives forward.

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Charlotte Ejderberg

Charlotte Ejderberg

Divorce Coach

For over two decades, Charlotte has applied her combined training in psychology and coaching to help her clients gain a new perspective on approaching life’s challenges. Having trained and been in practice internationally, Charlotte has a culturally diverse perspective. She encourages her clients to see that separation and divorce are emotionally difficult, but that it is possible to have a healthy breakup. As a trained Collaborate Divorce Coach and Family Mediator, Charlotte facilitates communication and prepares her clients to turn the emotional side of divorce into a pragmatic approach, get through divorce proceedings, and rebuild their lives once they are on the other side of divorce.

Charlotte is committed to helping her clients and their families find the best path as they transition through the divorce process into their new lives and roles after the divorce has been finalized. During this process, Charlotte works with her clients so that each party can communicate and negotiate more effectively, and craft a parenting plan to serve their children into the future. Charlotte volunteers as a mediator at the Families in Transition program with the The Children’s Law Center of Connecticut.

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Rosemarie Ferrante

Rosemarie Ferrante

Family Attorney

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 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 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. Her bar association memberships include the American Bar Association (Family Law section), the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA), including the Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Family Law sections, the Danbury Bar Association and the Fairfield County Bar Association.

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 post-divorce 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.

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Lisa Gresham

Lisa Gresham

Financial

Lisa Gresham is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and founder of Equitable Divorce Solutions, LLC. She has over 35 years of financial and investment experience and has focused her practice solely on the complex financial issues specific to divorce. Lisa works to aid in the design of settlement options that will help her clients disentangle their finances and move forward with independence and stability after divorce. She focuses on budgeting, evaluating tax and cash flow implications with possible settlement scenarios and short and long term projections in order to help her clients meet their financial needs. As financial neutral in a Collaborative Divorce, Lisa helps her clients identify their interests, moving away from positions, in order to find workable options for the family as a whole.

Lisa is one of the four founding partners of the CT Family Mediation Training Group™, an organization providing divorce mediation training for attorneys, financial and mental health professionals. She is also teaches public educational seminars on the financial aspects of divorce and participates as a trainer in the Collaborative Divorce training sponsored by CCND.

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Sophia Helenek

Sophia Helenek

Financial

With over 20 years in the financial industry, from Wall Street to Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA™), Sophie Helenek has a diverse and expansive financial knowledge, allowing her to demystify personal finance for her clients. As a divorced woman, she understands the process and has lived the emotional roller coaster, so she empathizes with those dealing with this challenging transition. She can also offer practical tips and help you make sense of your new financial reality.

As the owner of the Divorce Sherpa & the Financial Sherpa, Sophie is dedicated to helping you become divorce-ready and understand its impact on your life. Her holistic approach combines emotional support, financial guidance, and divorce coaching to create tailored solutions that factor in your specific needs, ensuring that you are equipped to make sound decisions for your future. We believe that knowledge is power. We don’t know what we don’t know and are here to guide, support and empower you.

Like climbing the world’s highest mountain, pursuing and achieving financial independence in every chapter of your life can be a lofty quest. Having climbed Mount Everest in 2008, I know you can’t see the top until you’re 20 feet away. Only the guidance of your Sherpa assures you your goal is within reach. Whatever your financial Everest, I am your Sherpa.

My clients are diverse in age, profession, and stage of life, and my background and experience enable me to connect with each of them in a meaningful way.

Specialize in Divorce with special needs children, foreign citizens, and high conflict.

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Brendan Holt

Brendan Holt

Attorney

Attorney Holt has been academically and professionally involved in some aspect of mediation and alternative dispute resolution for over 15 years. He graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Labor Relations/Studies, minoring in Philosophy; and then from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, completing the Civil Advocacy and Dispute Resolution concentration. As part of his course of studies he completed full semester course work and multiple externship placements in the areas of employment, organized labor and collective bargaining negotiation as well as family and community mediation. He has also represented and advised corporate and government clients who were engaged in alternative dispute resolution processes.

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Marc Meglio

Marc Meglio

Financial

As a Certified Divorce Lending Professional® and Certified Mortgage Advisor™, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to any divorce team. My in-depth understanding of the intersection between divorce law and mortgage financing sets me apart, enabling me to provide invaluable guidance during a challenging time. Trained by the CCND in both Mediation and Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law, I understand some of the complexities associated with divorce negotiations and provides me a perspective which helps in achieving the best possible outcomes for all involved.

In addition to my credentials, I am an active member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, the CT Council on Non-Adversarial Divorce, and the New Haven County Bar Association, where I also serve on the board of its foundation. As a Board Member of the Woman & Family Life Center, I am dedicated to supporting individuals through life’s transitions. My contributions to the field have been recognized by my peers, as demonstrated by my accolades—the 2021 PRMI President’s Club Winner and the 2020 PRMI Executive Club Winner. I am committed to maintaining the highest standards in my practice as a Certified Divorce Lending Professional.

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Louise McGlynn

Louise McGlynn

Attorney

Louise A. McGlynn is an experienced divorce attorney with over 25 years of experience handling all aspects of family law including prenuptial agreements, dissolution litigation and negotiation and post judgment modifications. Attorney McGlynn has extensive training in Collaborative Law and Mediation and works to help her clients reach a negotiated settlement to protect the best interests of the children and to preserve the divorcing parties’ relationship so they can co-parent their children into the future.

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Traci Provost

Traci Provost

Financial

Since 2009, I have dedicated my professional life to helping women get through the divorce process financially. I began the Second Saturday – What Women Need to Know About Divorce workshop in Southport where hundreds of women have learned how to deal with their legal, financial, and psychological challenges of divorce. While my focus is financial (planning, investment needs, evaluating divorce settlement options), I often partner with other local professionals who provide legal and psychological resources, so that all aspects of your divorce process are being addressed.

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Randi Roth

Randi Roth

Family Coach

With over 23 years experience she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are depression, anxiety,marital and couples therapy, eating disorders, parenting issues, divorce adjustment and transition, work and school related difficulties. Dr. Randi Roth is an interactive therapist who employs a variety of techniques to address current struggles and symptoms as well as underlying psychological, unconscious conflicts. Each individual therapy is unique and tailored to the needs and goals of each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to achieving.

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Sheryl Shaughnessey

Sheryl Shaughnessey

Attorney

Sheryl Shaughnessey’s s legal career has spanned more than 30 years. From her office in Fairfield she is committed to help her clients obtain the best possible outcome through compassionate and caring service to each client. She and her staff often utilize the skills of financial and mental health professionals to achieve the best possible outcome for the client. Sheryl understands thoroughly the conflict that develops when parents focus on themselves or each other rather than on their children. She also understands grief. Having experienced the divorce process at a very young age, Sheryl recognizes the value the Collaborative Law Process and Mediation bring to resolving conflict through healthy avenues. The care and compassion she brings to her practice eases the emotional, physical and financial trauma in which the clients often find themselves. Clients involved with their spouse or partners in Mediation and Collaborative benefit from having a stake in the process and the end result.

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Mark Soboslai

Mark Soboslai

Attorney

I earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology with honors in the mid-1970’s. In 1978, I began working as a Family Relations Counselor in the New Haven Superior Court, Family Relations Division. During that time, I attended Law School and in 1985, I earned my law degree graduating summa cum laude. Upon graduation, I was selected as the Law Clerk for Justice David Borden who was then a Judge of the Appellate Court. My duties as a Family Relations Counselor involved conducting extensive investigations in cases where the parents did not agree regarding custody and parenting schedules for their children. When the Superior Court started its Mediation program, I was among the first Mediators in Connecticut to provide court-connected Mediation services upon referral from the Family Court Judges.

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Paul Tusch

Paul Tusch

Attorney

Lili Vasileff

Lili Vasileff

Financial

Lili A. Vasileff is a fee only Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF™) specializing in Matrimonial Litigation, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®), and President of Wealth Protection Management based in Greenwich, CT. She is a trained mediator, collaborative financial specialist, and qualified litigation expert. She trains divorce professionals in the Collaborative process and teaches on financial topics regularly at the New York City Bar Association.

She is a nationally recognized expert practitioner, speaker, writer, and author of four books: “Money & Divorce: The Essential Roadmap to Mastering Financial Decisions” published by the American Bar Association; and “Divorce & Separation, the Connecticut Edition”; “The Ultimate Divorce Organizer, The Complete Interactive Guide to Achieving the Best Legal, Financial and Personal Divorce”, and “The Divorce Planner Checklist”.

Lili is the co-president of the national Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP). Her awards include the prestigious 2013 Pioneering Award for outstanding public advocacy and leadership in the field of divorce financial planning, the Women’s Choice Award as a highly recommended Financial Advisor by Women for Women since 2017; CEO Today Business Woman of the Year Award since 2018; Five Star Wealth Manager Award for last 13 years, the Best Wealth Protection Manager 2019 – Northeast USA and Recognized Leader in Divorce Finance 2019 by Wealth & Money Management, and Marquis Who’s Who Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Vicki Volper

Vicki Volper

Attorney

Attorney Vicki Volper, a collaborative attorney and mediator for over 20 years, has devoted her career to helping couples divorce in a manner that maintains their dignity, preserves their assets and protects their children. She believes that people can divorce without destroying each other or their children. It is her experience that even high conflict couples can divorce in an amicable way with the proper guidance.

Attorney Volper received her law degree from Boston University School of Law, cum laude, and a Masters of Law from the New York University School of Law. As a member of the Collaborative Divorce Attorneys of Fairfield County and the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Fairfield County, Attorney Volper employs the team model of Collaborative Divorce. She also practices in the areas of divorce mediation, pre-marital and post-marital mediation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and family mediation. She has had extensive advanced mediation training and advanced interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce training.

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