What Are The Differences between Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce?

Divorce mediation and collaborative divorce are both alternative methods used to end a marriage that are intended to involve less conflict and avoid court hearings.  However, some significant differences exist between divorce mediation and collaborative divorce.  Here is how the two differ:

  • The collaborative divorce process involves a group of professionals (attorneys, mediators, tax and financial advisors, divorce coaches, etc.) advising and facilitating the couple in their resolution of all issues that need to be addressed to end a marriage.
  • A San Mateo divorce mediator may or may not be involved in a collaborative divorce process.  In either case, a divorce mediator is a neutral person who helps the parties identify and resolve whatever financial and child-related issues that need to be resolved. A San Mateo divorce mediatordoes not give legal advice, but can recommend professionals that would be helpful to resolving whatever issues need to be resolved.
  • With divorce mediation, the parties may utilize whatever professionals are needed to resolve the party’s issues, including having attorneys involved, but it is not necessary or required as it is in collaborative divorce.  If the divorce mediator is an attorney too, he or she may be able to prepare all of the legal documents needed to file with the court to end the marriage without the use of other attorneys.  Thus, divorce mediation alone is often less expensive than collaborative divorce.
  • If an agreement is not reached regarding all financial and children issues during the collaborative divorce process (i.e., the matter must go to court), then all of the attorneys involved in the collaborative divorce process must be let go, and new ones must be hired for the divorce.  There are no such restrictions on a San Mateo divorce mediator.

Call Lisa Nelson, an experienced San Mateo divorce mediatorat SFAM, today at (650) 556-8880 for a free initial consultation regarding mediating any and all issues involved with ending your marriage.

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