Collaborative divorce and mediated divorce are attractive alternatives to courtroom divorce, but neither is appropriate for every situation.
How Mediation Works
In a mediated divorce, the two parties are represented by lawyers, and a neutral mediator oversees the process. Mediated divorce is simpler than collaborative divorce, while accomplishing some of the same things: privacy and a more relaxed environment. Mediation is usually less expensive as well. It is ideal for couples who have no bitter issues to resolve. It is not necessary to solve every issue for mediation to succeed; the remaining issues can be dealt with in court.
At Christian D. Smed, P.A., we represent parties seeking divorce through both processes. We can advise you as to which process is best for your situation. Our experience is your best protection against being the loser in divorce.
Do you need more information about collaborative divorce or mediated divorce . Contact the Orlando, Florida, divorce mediation lawyers at Christian D. Smed, P.A. in Winter Park to schedule a free consultation call us at 407.644.2978.
How Collaborative Divorce Works
In the collaborative divorce, there is no judge. Both parties instead work with a team of professionals — lawyers, therapists, child custody specialists and money experts — to settle the divorce by written agreement. The process is much simplified, and more respectful than most in-court divorces. However, if parties are unable to reach an agreement, both lawyers walk away, and the two parties can decide to start over again or try another approach, whether in collaboration or court.
Collaborative divorce can be costly for most people. The typical collaborative divorce is between people with a serious commitment to keep the case out of court and try to keep the money for the family.