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Divorce mediation vs. collaborative divorce

On Behalf of | May 12, 2021 | Divorce Mediation |

If you and your partner are no longer in a happy marriage, you may want to call it quits by filing for divorce. When that step comes along, there are different approaches that you can take in the state of Florida. Two of the most inexpensive options include divorce mediation and collaborative divorce.

What is divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation, also referred to as an amicable divorce, is one of many dispute resolution options that couples have. In this type of situation, each spouse hires a lawyer to represent them before a third-party mediator. Instead of going to court, both lawyers will meet each other with the mediator present and explain their client’s wishes. In an amicable divorce, the lawyers and the mediator work together to create an agreement about issues like child custody, alimony, spousal support, property division and so forth.

What is a collaborative divorce?

A collaborative divorce is a little more involved in creating an agreeable divorce decree. Each spouse is represented by a specific collaborative attorney, and everyone signs an agreement not to go to court over the divorce. During these meetings, it’s very common for attorneys to consult professionals for various aspects of the divorce, such as determining child custody or assessing values of marital assets. Collaborative divorces tend to be a little more flexible and informal in nature.

While many movies portray divorce as a big legal battle that takes an emotional toll on everybody, that doesn’t always have to be the case. If you and your partner are still on reasonable talking terms with one another, you may want to consider divorce mediation or a collaborative divorce. Both of these options can be less expensive than going to court and allow you to reach a more favorable agreement for both of you.

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