The path leading up to the decision to divorce is a hard one. Once you’ve decided, however, it’s smart to get the ball rolling on how you are going to divorce so that you can expedite the process and keep it as painless as possible.
Collaborative divorce can be best of both worlds.
Much like mediation, it puts emphasis on coming to a settlement without unnecessary and costly court dates. However, unlike mediation, it allows both spouses to hire respective attorneys and lets all four meet (often without any mediator assistance) to handle everything in a non adversarial and amicable way.
Like every other aspect of divorce, your mediation will only be as successful as you are prepared.
Just because it’s a more informal and flexible way to separate than litigation or collaborative divorce does not mean you can walk in unprepared and leave with a settlement agreement that will satisfy. Mediation takes a lot of preparation, which requires a lot of work on both ends, but is the best way to increase the chances of success in the end.