Collaboration or Mediation for Your Florida Divorce?
Though you hear about couples all the time that go through a long, drawn-out divorce in which neither party can agree on the terms, not every divorce is so contentious. There are many couples out there that agree to resolve matters on their own and in a less-confrontational, more affordable manner. If you and your spouse want to part ways without all the typical conflict that comes with a divorce, divorce mediation or collaboration may be the alternative dispute resolution options you need. To learn more about mediation and collaboration, reach out to the divorce mediation attorneys at the Law Offices of Schwartz | White today.
Mediation Vs. Collaboration
Divorce mediation and collaboration are two alternative dispute resolution options available to parties looking to divorce, but in a non-confrontational and affordable manner. Each of these options, if successful, can replace traditional divorce litigation entirely. Both mediation and collaboration are conducted outside of the courtroom, in a more informal and relaxed environment. A judge is not required to be present. However, divorce attorneys are. Because of the lack of court fees, time spent filing motions, and time spent arguing about oftentimes irrelevant issues, these methods are much more cost effective than litigation.
With that in mind, both mediation and collaboration are quite different from one another. Here is what you can expect with each:
- Mediation: In divorce mediation, a third party assists the couple in resolving the most important aspects of their divorce, such as property division, alimony, child support, and child custody. During the process, the mediator (who oftentimes doubles as a divorce attorney) will act as a neutral third party. His or her job is to guide the couple towards an amicable resolution that both can agree on.
- Collaboration: In collaboration, both parties will have their own attorneys to assist them throughout the process. At least one neutral third party will also be present to keep matters in perspective. Oftentimes, however, collaboration requires the help of several neutral third parties, such as therapists, counselors, financial consultants, and other professionals. The point of collaboration is to use professional insight to resolve any disputes and finalize a divorce without ever having to step into a courtroom.
Which is the Better Option for You?
So which alternative dispute resolution option is better for you? In all honesty, it depends on your particular circumstances. Some couples find that they are able to reach an agreement without much input from outside parties, while others may feel a need to consult with a financial advisor or family counselor before making any final decisions.
Consult With a Boca Raton Divorce Mediator
At the Law Offices of Schwartz | White, we have more than 50 years of combined experience in mediating Florida divorces. Our Boca Raton divorce mediators utilize tried-and-true mediating techniques to help our clients achieve the outcome that they desire, without the hassle of going to court. If you and your spouse want to part ways with as little fuss and muss as possible, contact our family law firm at 561.391.9943 to schedule your private consultation today.