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How do collaborative law and mediation differ?

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2022 | Family Law |

When choosing how you want to handle your divorce, you should take a careful look at all options available to you. While many people default to litigation because it is what they know, there are numerous other services available.

Mediation and collaborative law make up two of those many services. Both offer unique benefits that you may find valuable.

How mediation works

Forbes discusses a few different divorce alternatives to litigation with a focus on the aforementioned options. Both enjoy popularity due to the benefits they offer.

Mediation involves only a mediator who does not have the same legal authority as a judge or an arbitrator. These individuals thus cannot make a legally binding decision that you and your partner must follow. They can make suggestions based on their observations as a neutral observer, though. They can also help to mitigate potential arguments and facilitate healthy discussion in which both partners contribute equally.

Looking into collaborative law

On the other hand, collaborative law involves attorneys. You and your partner will each have your own legal representative, and you will hold all discussions about divorce with all four parties. The attorneys can help walk you through the difficulties of divorce without ever stepping foot within a courtroom. They may even suggest the hiring of a mediator in order to facilitate discussion even further.

In both cases, you will save money and time compared to if you decided to take the case to court. However, it is important to review all information about your options carefully to make the most informed decision.