Top 9 Ways Collaborative is Different from Mediation

by Marjorie D. DiLima, Esq.

  1. Mediation is conducted with a neutral 3rd party who’s goal is to get parties to reach agreement; not to evaluate the issues or reach an equitable result
  2. Collaborative is conducted with professionals: attorneys, divorce coaches, financial experts who work together as a group to reach solutions that benefit the family and parties.
  3. Mediation does not necessarily include legal advice.
  4. Collaborative involves attorneys and includes legal advice.
  5. Mediation does not offer divorce coaching (counseling for going through the process) or any financial expertise.
  6. Collaborative offers divorce coaching to support each party emotionally while going through the process.
  7. Collaborative offers financial expertise needed for present day and the future when dividing property and examining support issues.
  8. Mediators do much of the work in getting parties to reach agreement.
  9. Collaborative requires the parties to do much of the work which provides a feeling of commitment to the agreement and a sense of accomplishment.

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Q: What is Collaborative Divorce?
A: Collaborative Divorce is a process for separating or divorcing parties to justly and equitably resolve their differences that avoids the necessity of going to court.

Q: How do I get started?
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