You may or may not have heard of mediation, but it’s important to fully understand what it is in comparison to collaborative divorce so you can make an informed choice when it comes to your divorce process.
How Mediation Works
A mediator is an independent, neutral third-party who leads a mediation process. He or she helps people involved in a conflict or dispute come to agreement.
For couples seeking a divorce, the divorce itself is the dispute and the mediator’s role is to help both spouses identify issues, negotiate and come to agreement on financial matters required to end their marriage, as well as those related to their children.
While the mediator actively participates in the negotiations, and helps spouses through those areas where it may be difficult to reach resolution, the spouses have complete control over their decisions.
Who Can Be A Mediator?
Mediation is a skillset unto itself, so a mediator can be an attorney or non-attorney, such as a financial professional, mental health professional and/or a family or child specialist.
How Collaborative Divorce Works
With collaborative divorce, each spouse has their own lawyer. Meanwhile, professional neutrals are brought in as experts to provide guidance through specific issues within the divorce, such as financial matters, child issues and more. The neutral can work independently with both spouses without a lawyer present to help identify options in their area of expertise. This saves both spouses time and money, and makes the process much more agreeable. These neutrals are similar to a mediator, in that they can help a couple through a disagreement, but their role is more specialized and they have the support of a team through the process.
To learn more about mediation and it’s role in collaborative divorce, contact the Collaborative Divorce Professionals today!