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Collaborative Divorce & Mediation vs. Litigation

Posted by Charles E. Barnabi | Mar 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Divorce court proceedings can be exhausting. If you and your spouse are amicable and willing to work together in order to dissolve the marriage as seamlessly as possible, the traditional court proceedings may hinder this process. We have all heard the horror stories of court proceedings wasting people's time, money, and causing severe emotional stress. It is in these cases that divorce truly brings out the worst in people. However, collaborative divorce and mediation are positive alternatives to the usual practice of litigation.

Not many people are lucky enough to have a pleasant relationship with the spouse they are seeking to get a divorce from. If you are one of the fortunate few, don't waste this opportunity to save you and your ex thousands of dollars and months of time wasted. While litigation is the only option most people are aware of when it comes to divorce, there are other viable routes to ending a marriage.

Mediation is now fairly common and gaining popularity. The reason for this is that it works. Mediation involves the divorcing parties sitting down in a series of meetings and openly discussing the issues most important to them, such as the marital home, properties, bank accounts, and more. You may be wondering how things stay fair. An unbiased third party is present during these meetings and facilitates the discussion in order to keep it productive and on track. You may also have a divorce lawyer present.

Collaborative divorce is similar to mediation in that it also involves both parties working together to resolve the important issues between them, but it often includes more than just one outside party. Collaborative divorce is a hybrid between mediation and traditional litigation, and people opt for this when they want to stay cordial, but there are several pressing matters that may require the help of a professional, such as a shared business or children. A divorce lawyer, parenting expert, financial professional, or mediator may be present.


Litigation is about winning. It's often about punishing or hurting your ex, and it can get ugly. Some divorces require litigation as they are far too contentious or complicated to ever hope to resolve amicably. However, the above options exist for those who are willing to compromise and cooperate in order to find a mutually beneficial solution. At McDonald Law Offices, PLLC, we have helped countless people jumpstart a new chapter of their lives. Our Henderson divorce lawyers understand just how emotionally straining this time may be, which is why we work tirelessly to help you as best as we can.

If you aren't sure whether traditional litigation, mediation, or collaborative divorce may be right for you, contact us by calling 702.850.8004today.

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