Collaborative Divorce and Mediation - Cordell & Cordell

Collaborative Divorce and Mediation

If you are getting divorced, there are alternative options besides the litigation process. For many couples, it makes sense to pursue collaborative divorce or mediation.

Collaborative divorce and mediation enable couples to dissolve their relationship in a flexible manner that avoids going to court altogether. What is more, these methods tend to be much less adversarial, and often much less expensive, than traditional divorce litigation, which can be especially important if you and your spouse share children and are going to continue a relationship as co-parents.

Cordell & Cordell offers both mediation and collaborative divorce services in the firm’s Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Baltimore, and Milwaukee offices and mediation services in its St. Louis and Hartford offices. Continue reading to learn more about how collaborative divorce and mediation differs from the traditional litigation process and determine whether these alternatives make sense for you to pursue.

What is Collaborative Divorce?

A collaborative divorce allows couples to negotiate the terms of a divorce through a combination of mediation and negotiation to reach an agreement on the terms of the divorce such as property division, child custody, child support, and spousal support.

Each spouse retains their own collaborative divorce attorney to assist with the negotiation process. Each spouse will still meet with their own attorney privately to discuss the terms they are willing to agree to and inform them of their limits and issues they are unwilling to bend on.

From there, each party will come together for a four-way meeting to hash out the negotiation. These negotiations can sometimes include other party-neutral professionals such as child custody specialists and accountants. If there is a breakdown in the discussion, a licensed mediator also can be brought in to help guide the parties to an agreement.

Since collaborative divorce requires a good-faith negotiation from each party, this method is best suited to couples splitting without much animosity toward one another.

What is Mediation?

Divorce mediation is another alternative dispute resolution process where a third-party mediator works with the couple to resolve their issues and come to terms to a divorce agreement and avoid going to court.

A divorce mediator does not help either party make decisions or offer legal advice but serves as a facilitator to help the couple figure out what arrangement is right for their situation.

Like collaborative divorce, mediation enables couples to navigate the issues with more control over the outcome and reach a resolution that typically comes much quicker than the traditional litigation process and at a cheaper cost.

Cordell & Cordell Collaborative Divorce Attorneys and Mediators

Cordell & Cordell’s family law attorneys can help guide you through the collaborative divorce process or serve as a third-party mediator depending on the path you choose. With more than 30 years of experience, our attorneys understand all the issues couples are likely to face in divorce and are committed to helping you reach an agreement that allows you to start the rest of your life on solid ground.