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.
Natalie Baird was featured in Tampa Bay’s METRO Magazine as “The Face of a Healthy Divorce.” Natalie redefines the approach to ending a marriage and devotes her law practice to a Court-less way to resolve family matters.