Collaborative Divorce and Mediation in Huntsville

What Are Mediation and Collaborative Divorce?

Mediation

  • A neutral, qualified mediator helps resolve conflicts
  • Measured, mutually beneficial approach
  • Separation without the involvement of lawyers

Collaborative Divorce

  • Opposing attorneys negotiate to resolve conflicts
  • Client preferences are prioritized
  • If they fail to reach agreement, divorcing parties must find new attorneys to pursue a divorce in court

Mediation

Advantages

  • Less expensive than costly collaborative divorce or traditional divorce litigation
  • On average, leads to divorce finalization more quickly
  • Focus on problem-solving makes the process easier for children and family
  • Mediation is solution-oriented, not conflict-focused

Disadvantages

  • Mediator does not advocate for your position
  • Mediator does not decide issues for you

Collaborative Divorce

Advantages

  • Relationship power imbalances can be overcome with lawyer fighting only for you
  • Professional guidance to turn to throughout divorce process
  • Specialists can be used for insight on specific topics like child support, mental health, financial matters, and more

Disadvantages

  • More expensive than mediation
  • Takes more meetings and longer timeline
  • Specialists can be biased against one party
  • Collaborative divorce attorneys’ priority is their client, not the well-being of a family