How do I choose between Mediation or Collaborative Divorce?

FAQ written by Christine Kerian, an experienced mediation lawyer and the principal of Harmony Family Law Mediation Group in Los Angeles, CA.

As long as the parties are motivated to save money, stay out of court, and avoid the stress of dealing with litigious attorneys and the adversarial process, mediation or the collaborative process can work.

The parties must also be willing to work openly and honestly to reach an amicable and satisfactory resolution without having to go to court.

If both parties are committed to a non-adversarial process, then they could choose between Mediation or Collaborative Divorce based upon their unique needs.

What are the differences between Mediation and Collaborative Divorce?

Mediation:Collaborative Divorce:
How many attorneys are involved?One attorney mediator for both parties.Each party retains an attorney.
How does the process differ?The parties communicate directly to each other with the mediator present.Negotiations take place in 4 way meetings with both parties and their attorneys.
What are the cost differences?Fees associated with one mediator attorney.Fees incurred by each party for their respective attorney.

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