In mediation, although the main goal is to resolve the issues in dispute, the threat of litigation & court still exists. Either party may decide to terminate the mediation and go to court. In signing the Collaborative Participation Agreement, all parties, along with their lawyers and other professionals involved, agree and commit in writing to reach a resolution without litigation or threats of it. In mediation, there is one neutral third party who leads the process.
In the Collaborative Process, both spouses have their own lawyer present at meetings. The main goal is to cooperate and reach agreements together, without the threat of litigation & court. Both spouses have access to a holistic team of financial specialists, child specialists, divorce coaches and lawyers with specialized training in Collaborative Process.