While typically more costly than mediation, the Collaborative approach is usually far less costly than litigation and can help parties in more contentious cases that might not be suited for mediation avoid the expansive cost of litigation through settlement.
- Control: You keep control of the process without going to court, where you would otherwise risk unfavorable outcomes ordered by a stranger.
- Confidentiality: As in mediation, Collaborative proceedings are protected with full confidentiality.
- Children: Children’s needs are given priority, and you will have access to child specialists to advise you regarding custody if necessary.
- Problem-Solving: You and your partner commit to reaching agreement through a problem-solving approach.
- Respect: An atmosphere of respect preserves self esteem.
- Open communication: This allows both of you to express your needs for moving forward and gives you new tools for effective problem-solving in the future.
- Transparency: There is full disclosure of facts and information.
- Face-to-face meetings in the presence of lawyers and other professionals make negotiations direct and efficient and allow for mutually created resolutions.
- The Collaborative process helps both of you plan for your own future and that of your children, and to begin new lives for all of you.