What are the Differences Between Mediation and Collaborative Divorce?
The divorce process is unavoidably stressful, even if you and your former partner have an amicable relationship. In these cases, you may want to avoid going to court, instead of settling your affairs
privately with a lawyer.
Mediation and collaborative divorce processes both allow you to do that. However, the two are not the same. It helps to know the differences between mediation and collaborative divorce so you can choose
the best one for your situation.
What is Mediation?
In mediation, you choose a neutral party to help you and your spouse agree on a settlement.
The mediator can be a lawyer, but the lawyer wouldn’t offer any legal advice during mediation. The mediator can also be a social worker or psychologist, as people in these professions have the training
needed to facilitate peaceful negotiation.
Most of the time, mediation is cheaper than going to court or collaborative divorce, as there are fewer
people involved in the process. You can still hire a lawyer, but it isn’t mandatory.
Who Collaborates in Collaborative Divorce?
In a collaborative divorce, you work with lawyers who understand collaborative law specifically.
Collaborative divorce starts with the goal of settling outside the courtroom.
It can get pricey, especially if you involve other professionals like social workers and financial advisers.
Often, both parties hire separate lawyers.
Sometimes both parties can’t agree on a settlement. In these cases, the lawyers involved in the
collaborative process must withdraw, as they cannot represent you and your spouse in court.
Hiring another lawyer creates more expense for both parties. Therefore, the original lawyers’
agreement not to represent their clients if the divorce goes to court acts as an incentive to settle earlier.
How Can Soren Law Group Work with You?
Soren Law Group, LLC, can represent you in your divorce. Whether you choose mediation, collaborative divorce, or take your settlement to court, our Staten Island divorce lawyers get you the best results. Call
us at 718-815-4500 or contact us online to request a consultation.