Collaborative Law (or Collaborative Process) is a non-adversarial, out-of-court approach to divorce or other family law matters. In Collaborative Process, you and your spouse are both represented by specially trained attorneys and negotiate resolution through a series of meetings facilitated by a neutral mental health professional (Coach Facilitator). Sometimes, other neutral professionals are used, such as financial specialists. Collaborative Process is structured and can move quickly or slowly, depending on your preferences.
Mediation is a non-adversarial, out-of-court approach to divorce and/or other conflict resolution. In mediation, you and your spouse meet with a neutral third party (mediator). With the mediator’s help, you work through issues, and reach resolutions. You and your spouse control the timing of negotiations.
Litigation is a court-based approach to divorce and other family law issue resolution. You and your spouse might use lawyers to represent you, or you can represent yourself. A judge is assigned to your case, and if you cannot reach agreement on outstanding issues, the judge will make decisions for you.