Collaborative Divorce FAQ: Collaborative vs. Facilitative Mediation?

In facilitative mediation, a neutral third party helps the parties frame the issues, communicate, and resolve their differences in an effort to arrive at an agreement suitable to both.  The neutral mediator cannot give legal advice to either person and cannot represent either spouse.  The Collaborative Divorce provides each party with an attorney and both attorneys work together to frame the issues, facilitate communication, and use creative thinking and problem solving.  In addition, the Collaborative Divorce is an interdisciplinary approach much like a team of health care specialists.  The numerous issues are managed with the help of attorneys providing facilitation and legal advice; mental health professionals dealing with emotional issues and family dynamics; and neutral financial professionals assisting parties with their income, assets, debts, and tax consequences.

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