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Approaches to Dispute Resolution

Mediation

Your Cost: Low

Your Control: High

Collaboration

Your Cost: Medium

Your Control: Medium

Litigation

Your Cost: High

Your Control: Low

Mediation

A mediator is an independent third party who works with the couple to reach a divorce settlement. The mediator is neutral and does not give advice (legal or non-legal) to either party. Each party retains their own legal counsel. Mediation tends to be more cost effective than collaborative and litigated divorces.

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Litigation

In situations where both parties disagree on how to settle their marriage and cannot work together, they can go to court and have a judge decide for them.

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Collaborative

Collaborative Divorce is a team approach to divorce. A divorcing family obtains professional help from experts in the legal, financial, and mental-health fields, and if needed, medical and child experts are also involved. Each team member assists the family in his/her area of expertise, and then integrates his/her recommendations with those of the other team members and the collaborative law attorneys to help the family reach a divorce settlement.

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