Going through a divorce is understandably an emotionally turbulent time, especially when you need to negotiate major issues such as finances or child custody. In cases that are not overly adversarial, divorce mediation and collaborative divorce proceedings can serve as viable ways for reaching a final agreement. Here is what you should know about these different options.
Divorce mediation is a process in which a neutral third party helps the two parties involved in the divorce negotiate a final agreement. These meetings are generally more informal and flexible than other divorce proceedings. Other lawyers can be added to the process if desired, but this often isn’t necessary.
Some couples prefer the idea of divorce mediation because it is faster and less costly than going into litigation. Mediators can also help couples come up with more creative solutions and will help write up the final agreement. However, mediation is typically less effective in confrontational divorces where both spouses want vastly different outcomes.
A collaborative divorce involves representative attorneys for both parties but still seeks to avoid the need to bring the case to court. The spouses and their lawyers negotiate together in relatively informal meetings to reach an agreeable solution. This can be helpful for the spouses when they don’t feel confident in their ability to negotiate more complicated issues related to the divorce.
Attorneys can also advise the partner they represent to make it easier to mitigate conflicts and reach a collaborative solution. However, if the case ends up going to court anyway, the original attorneys involved will have to withdraw, and spouses will need to seek new representation.
If you need assistance with divorce mediation or other family law matters, contact The Law Office of Lora Stuart Shortt in Lexington County, SC. Serving area residents for over 17 years, this law office’s commitment to fair and fast resolutions will help you get through this emotionally trying time. To learn more about their services or to schedule a free initial consultation, visit them online or call (803) 520-0455.