Advantages of Direct Communication
Collaborative Family Law and Divorce Mediation
In our traditional adversarial system, the lawyers spend substantial time negotiating with each other and then additional time communicating the outcome of the negotiations to their respective clients. If an agreement cannot be reached, the matter goes to litigation and a judge decides the outcome. This adversarial approach escalates conflict, increases fees, delays divorce, compromises privacy and depletes marital assets that could be divided between the parties or allocated to provide for the children. By contrast, mediation and collaborative practice enable the parties to communicate directly and to participate in the negotiation in a meaningful way. These alternatives tend to diffuse conflict, reduce fees, preserve assets and maintain privacy, while expediting an agreement and giving parties control over the outcome of their divorce.