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Collaborative Divorce Versus Mediation

When it comes to divorce, you do not have to choose the courtroom first to settle the matters. There are a variety of options that can help you settle your divorce matter and resolve any disputes, without taking on the extra burdens of going to court. These options are called alternative dispute resolution.

As an Ocala divorce attorney, Anne E. Raduns, has assisted clients in a variety of divorce cases. She understand that there is no single approach to finding a divorce settlement, as every couple’s circumstances are different from another’s.

Two of the most common options are collaborative divorce and mediation. Clients will often ask what the difference between the two are. We look closer at the legal definition of the two.

How Does Mediation Work?

Likely, you already understand that the decision to divorce is one of the most important you will ever have to make. You know that it has the power to change your future from there on out. If you and your spouse have made the decision that it is time to end your marriage, you might consider mediation as a first option.

Here are some of the advantages of choosing mediation:

  • You and your spouse are given the opportunity to discuss the issues that should be resolved with your divorce
  • A mediator can provide you with the appropriate resource and education so that you can make informed decisions
  • You create a divorce agreement that is tailor-made to your particular needs as well as your children’s needs.
  • A mediator can guide you and your spouse to negotiate on several terms or points of contention
  • A mediator can help draft the necessary paperwork that can expedite the filing of your divorce

An Overview of Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is the other most common option. Choosing one or the other will not leave you at a disadvantage because you will have unique circumstances. Think of collaborative divorce as somewhat of a mixture between a traditional divorce, but bridges the communication gap and allows couples to discuss matters on their own terms, such as mediation.

These are some of the important elements involved in a collaborative divorce:

  • Collaborative divorce is usually informal and offers couples flexibility in making decisions.
  • The couple must enter into a “no-court,” which means each spouse will strive to resolve the matter without heading to court. Otherwise, the attorney must resign from the matter if the case does go to court.
  • Both spouses and their respective attorneys will have period meetings to discuss the decisions regarding their divorce.
  • Attorneys may call upon other collaborative professionals for assistance.
  • The entire process is much less stressful and more efficient than litigating the case.

Get Answers to Your Questions!

If you have any questions regarding the various legal processes involved in either mediation or divorce, please do not hesitate to contact our Ocala divorce lawyer. We provide world-class legal support and one-on-one attention to resolve any divorce matter, no matter how contentious. We strive to help you obtain an outcome that is most ideal for you and your family.

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