Collaborative Law Vs. Mediation
Collaborative law and mediation are both methods that keep private discussions out of the courtroom and allow spouses (or parents) to remain in control. Primary differences are as follows:
- In collaborative law methods, each party and his or her attorney participate in four-way meetings.
- In mediation, a mediator, not representing either party, directs and moderates a discussion between the two parties. Each spouse or parent is typically accompanied by his or her attorney, but this may not be so if one is representing himself or herself in a pro se scenario.
- If negotiations break down in a collaborative law setting, the two parties, by prior agreement, can abandon discussions and start over with new lawyers.
- If negotiations break down in mediation, each party may keep his or her attorney. Negotiations may continue after introduction of new information or with a new mediator.
The goal of both methods is to produce an agreement to present to a family law court. If lawyers and/or the mediator do their job well, the judge is often likely to approve the agreement.
Is Collaborative Law Right For You? Is Mediation Or Litigation A Better Choice?
FurrCohen, P.A. personalizes family law representation for clients approaching divorce or seeking a resolution to a child custody matter, whether through original orders or a modification. Our divorce and child custody lawyers are prepared to help you determine the settlement resolution method that is right for you and your spouse (or the other parent). Both collaborative law and mediation require cooperation. If cooperation proves unachievable, litigation before a judge may be necessary.
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