One the main differences between divorce mediation and collaborative divorce is the parties involved. Divorce mediation does not require the presence of a lawyer, unless one or both spouses choose to involve one. Instead, the divorcing couple meets with a divorce coach or mediator, who helps guide the couple towards resolution and agreement without members of the court. As mentioned previously, collaborative divorce involves two collaborative attorneys (each hired by one of the spouses), a neutral financial specialist and child specialist (if applicable), as well as the divorce coach.
Neutrality is also a factor in comparing divorce mediation to collaborative divorce. A divorce mediator is always a neutral third-party member of the divorce proceedings. As a divorce coach, Dr. Schrag works with the couple to help then reach agreements together on what is fair and just for everyone involved, especially the children. In collaborative divorce, each lawyer will work towards the benefit of their own client. While the rest of the team remains neutral, the lawyers will ultimately fight for the person they are representing.
Benefits of Collaborative Divorce versus Litigation
- Faster resolution
- Save on legal expenses
- Prevents increased hostility
- Voluntary exchange of information
- Meetings held in an informal setting
- Ability to negotiate versus being tied to the decisions of the court
- Gives you more control over how post-settlement disagreements will be handled
Dr. Jonah Schrag serves as a divorce coach in Katonah, NY. His specialized training in divorce mediation and expertise in child and martial therapy yields a unique and structured method of mediation, making him highly qualified and extremely effective in collaborative divorce efforts. To discuss your options and the possibility of hiring Dr. Schrag to be a part of your team of professionals, call 914-232-8000 today.