Mediation vs. Litigation

Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation—whether it is guided by an attorney or another professional—is a process in which two spouses with conflicting interests engage in negotiations facilitated by a third neutral party whose job it is to assist those two spouses in reaching a settlement of their differences. That third neutral party is the mediator. Depending on the background and training of the mediator, the type of assistance provided by him or her will vary from one professional to another.

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Divorce Litigation

Divorce litigation is an adversarial process where one spouse is engaged in a legal battle with the other that takes place in a courtroom, or at least is destined to get to a courtroom if adversarial negotiations do not produce a settlement of the case. Adversarial negotiations are where each spouse's lawyer argues (out of the courtroom) for the best deal for his or her client. It is always understood that, should the adversarial negotiations not resolve the case, a trial in a courtroom will be the venue of last resort. Usually, the parties each have their own attorney, though it is possible to engage in litigation and in adversarial negotiations without legal representation. Where custody is in dispute, the Court may also appoint a lawyer or guardian-ad-litem for the children, and on issues of parenting, they will participate in the negotations, as well as attend any court hearings that are required.

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