Diane R. Chace

Collaborative Divorce and Mediation, Estates and Probate, Civil Litigation, Workers Compensation

Nothing lasts forever, but an ending can be a new beginning to a respectful family relationship and an opportunity for growth, understanding, and forging stronger bonds that endure the tests of time.  Hiring a mediator for divorce can offer several benefits, making the process smoother and less stressful for all parties involved. Here are some things to consider when hiring a mediator.

1. Neutral Third Party: A mediator is a neutral third party, often an attorney, who helps facilitate communication between divorcing spouses. They do not take sides, allowing for a fair and balanced process.

2. Reduce Conflict: Mediation can help reduce conflict between divorcing spouses by promoting respectful communication and collaboration. This can lead to a more amicable divorce process.

3. Faster Resolution: Mediation often leads to a faster resolution compared to traditional litigation. Since both parties work together with the mediator, decisions can be made more efficiently.

4. Cost-Effective: Mediation is typically more cost-effective than going to court. It involves fewer legal fees and court costs, making it a more affordable option for divorcing couples.

5. Confidentiality: Mediation sessions are confidential, which means discussions and negotiations remain private. This can encourage open and honest communication without fear of information being used against either party in court.

6. Customized Solutions: Unlike a court-imposed decision, mediation allows divorcing couples to create their own solutions tailored to their unique situation. This can result in agreements that better meet the needs and interests of both parties and any children involved.

7. Preserve Relationships: Mediation can help preserve relationships, especially when there are children involved. By working together to reach agreements, divorcing spouses can maintain a more positive relationship post-divorce, which can be beneficial for co-parenting.

8. Empowerment: Mediation empowers divorcing spouses to have more control over the outcome of their divorce. Instead of having decisions made by a judge, they have the opportunity to actively participate in the decision-making process.

9. Legal Compliance: Mediators are knowledgeable about family law and can ensure that any agreements reached during mediation are legally sound and compliant with relevant regulations. This helps prevent future legal disputes and challenges.  Attorney Diane R. Chace was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1992 and after many years of representing clients in high-conflict divorces, firmly believes in the civility and compromise that mediation can bring to the end of a relationship, especially those involving children.

Overall, hiring a mediator for divorce can offer a range of benefits, including reducing conflict, saving time and money, and empowering divorcing spouses to create their own solutions in a respectful and collaborative manner.  For a free consultation to see if mediation is right for your situation, call Attorney Diane R. Chace with Weber, Carrier, Boiczyk & Chace, LLP at 860-225-9463 X 122 for a free consultation .

Diane R. Chace is a partner in the firm practicing in the areas of divorce and family law, estates and probate, civil litigation, workers’ compensation, and real estate. Attorney Chace is trained in both collaborative divorce and mediation.  She received a BA with honors from Providence College in 1989 and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1992.  She was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1992 and the United States District Court Bar in 1995.  She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the New Britain Bar Association and the Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group.

Attorney Chace currently chairs the Board of Directors for the Hospital for Special Care and is a member of the board of the HSC Foundation.  She is past chair of Community Mental Health Affiliates and the YWCA of New Britain, and past president of the New Britain Bar Association.



  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. – 1992
  • Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island
    • B.A. – 1989
    • Honors: cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1995


  • Women in Leadership Award, 2005

Community Activities

  • Hospital for Special Care-Director, 2010 – Present
  • Hospital for Special Care Foundation, Director, 2005 – Present
  • Connecticut Mental Health Affiliates, Director, 2002 – 2008
  • YWCA, Director, 2000 – 2008
  • Knollwood Beach Association Executive Board 2023 – Present

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta

Representative Clients

  • The Mattabassett District Sewer Authority (past client)
  • YWCA of New Britain
  • Gagnon Homes, Inc.

Professional Associations

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 1993 to Present
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member, 2000 to 2023
  • New Britain Bar Association, 1993 to Present
  • Central Connecticut Collaborative Family Law Group, 2016 to Present

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

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New Britain, Connecticut
24 Cedar Street
New Britain, CT 06052
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
191 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
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