How Mediation And Collaborative Divorce Differ
Many couples want to avoid court and all of the expense, both financial and emotional, that comes with a litigated divorce. Collaborative Divorce and Mediation are two alternative methods that offer couples a less combative process. However, they are two distinct processes. Each option can give you unique benefits and challenges.
At Conlon & McGlynn, we can discuss your circumstances and help you decide which method is right for you. Based in Fairfield County, we have decades of experience creating personalized divorce solutions for families. Our lawyers know how to maximize the benefits of Mediation and Collaborative Divorce.
One Mediator Or Two Separate Lawyers
In Mediation, a neutral third-party attorney presents multiple options and coaches you through various possibilities. You would not have your own attorney representing you in the mediation, but often parties have review counsel with whom they consult outside of the mediation. The mediator does not provide individual legal advice to either party but instead works toward an outcome that serves both parties and their children’s interests overall.
The goal of Collaborative Divorce is similar to Mediation: Both parties should walk away with a fair agreement. However, in the Collaborative process, each spouse will have their own lawyer who advocates for them working in team meetings with a cooperative mindset. You can seek strategic advice from your attorney while still working toward a peaceful resolution.
Resolving Complex Issues And Disputes
Even in an amicable divorce, it is expected that personal conflicts and financial disagreements can rise to the surface. Mediation and Collaborative Divorce both aim to address these issues without court involvement.
Each method approaches conflict in a different way. A mediator can identify multiple options to move forward, but they cannot advocate for you independently. In this situation, having the ability to consult your own lawyer separately in a Collaborative Divorce process could be valuable.
Get Customized Advice For Divorce
Choosing a divorce method is the first step of the process. At Conlon & McGlynn, you can speak to an experienced Connecticut lawyer to get personalized guidance. Call 203-222-8686 or email us to get started.