Collaborative FAQ
  How is collaborative divorce different from mediation?

Mediation is a process where two spouses will meet with a neutral trained facilitator – a mediator – who will help them try to reach an agreement about their divorce. This mediator cannot be an advocate for either spouse or give legal advice so couples are working on an agreement without knowing what the law provides.  Mediated agreements must then go to attorneys for each spouse to enter the agreement in court. Important legal issues can be raised at this stage, nullifying the agreement and sending the couple back to the beginning.

Collaborative attorneys are often trained mediators, yet they have the ability to advise their clients on the law and are committed to a negotiated settlement.  The final settlement in a collaborative case can go directly to the court - saving time, money, and emotional strain.

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