If you like the idea of navigating your divorce issues in a controlled, out-of-court process but would like to have the representation of a lawyer as your advocate and to give you legal advice, then collaborative divorce may be the best option for you. In collaborative divorce, each party is represented by his or her own attorney that is specifically trained in conflict resolution and interest based negotiations. This means that the attorneys will be focused on negotiating agreements that meet the needs and interests of you, your spouse, and your children. Your attorney would help you gather information and provide you with legal advice. Then the spouses and their attorneys come to the negotiation table during meetings in which spouses voluntarily exchange information, explore options, resolve issues and reach mutually acceptable agreements.
If you like the idea of resolving your divorce issues outside of the courthouse, but don’t think you will need to rely on attornies to negotiate on your behalf then Mediation might be a better fit for your needs.