In most ways, divorce mediation and divorce collaboration are similar: in both processes, the couple communicates openly and works together to come to a fair and equitable settlement outside of court. Both processes usually take less time and cost less money than litigation. Both are usually more private and less stressful.
However, there are several important differences.
The most significant difference between mediation and collaborative divorce is that in collaborative divorce there is not a neutral mediator who oversees the settlement process as there is in mediation. Instead, collaborative divorce consists of a team working toward one goal. This team consists of you and your spouse, the attorneys hired by you and your spouse, and a varying number of experts, such as a financial expert and a psychologist.
In mediation, the mediator guides you and your spouse through the process, asking questions, suggesting compromises, and making sure that the couple doesn’t stray off topic or come to an unfair decision. Attorneys are rarely present in the room. In collaborative divorce, you are supported by your attorney, who works with your spouse’s attorney to find a solution. While some people prefer to be alone with their spouse and the unbiased moderator, others prefer to be in a room along with their attorney during the settlement process.
Do you have more questions about divorce mediation and divorce collaboration? The Seattle divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny can help you understand which is better for your divorce, your family, and your situation. To get your questions answered, and to get the support and guidance of a knowledgeable divorce mediation attorney, call our offices today at 425-460-0550.