Is Mediation Or Collaborative Law The Better Approach For Your Divorce?

People facing divorce and family law disputes have different dispute resolution options at their disposal, including mediation and Collaborative Process. Choosing the right process for your legal needs requires a thorough understanding of each.

At the Law Offices of Lisa Standish in Wexford, I can help you understand the pros and cons of mediation, Collaborative Process and other process options so you can make the right decision for your divorce. I have more than 20 years of experience helping people resolve sensitive family law disputes in Allegheny County and throughout surrounding Pennsylvania communities.

Exploring The Differences

Following are some of the key differences between mediation and collaborative law:

  • In collaborative divorce, each party is represented by a lawyer. This is not always the case in mediation, where the parties work together with a neutral, third-party mediator.
  • In collaborative law, neither party may threaten courtroom litigation. If they do, the process breaks down, and they must start over with new attorneys. While mediation is designed to be amicable, there is no contractual restriction on threatening to take a matter to court.
  • There are typically more people involved in the collaborative law process: each party, their attorneys and neutral professionals who guide the parties through the process and help them to navigate emotional and financial issues. Mediation typically involves both parties and the neutral third-party mediator.
  • Collaborative law is always voluntary, while mediation may be voluntary but is sometimes court-ordered.

Discuss Your Options With An Experienced Family Law Attorney

Only by gaining a thorough understanding of your specific legal needs can I advise you on which dispute resolution method is right for you. To arrange a consultation at my Wexford law office, contact me online or by telephone at 412-944-2204.