Different Divorce Options

 

Collaborative Divorce vs. Mediation vs. Traditional Divorce

 There are many differences between Collaborative Divorce, Mediation, and Traditional Litigation. Only you and your divorcing spouse can decide what the best divorce option is for you. Learn more about each type of divorce below.

 

Understanding The Differences

COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE MEDIATION TRADITIONAL LITIGATION
Children Child Specialist prioritizes the welfare of your children and their emotional healthThe mediator will help you consider the childrenThe contentious process can be damaging to children
Control You and your partner control the processThe mediator assists in making decisionsJudge makes all final decisions
TimingThe pace is controlled by the parties involvedThe pace is controlled by the couple and the mediatorControlled by the courts, can be years before a resolution is reached
CostReduced cost due to lack of court proceedings and more efficient processLeast expensive but still requires legal fees for paperwork submissionHigh court costs and legal fees
PrivacyNegotiations remain privateNegotiations remain privateNegotiations are often done in open court and become part of the public record
Family DynamicPreserve integrity and dignity of the familyCan further tension and discord in the family
 

While BCCLG feels the Collaborative Divorce is a great option for divorcing couples, we understand it is not right for every situation.  If you are unsure whether Collaborative Divorce would be a good option for your family, contact us today for a free 30-minute consultation.