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Mediation vs. Collaboration

Which Is Right for Your Jacksonville Divorce?

There are many options that you can choose when working towards a divorce. An important question that you and your spouse will need to answer is whether or not an uncontested divorce is a realistic possibility. In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse agree that you would like to reach decisions about each of the essential aspects of your divorce without taking the issues to court. If you have decided on this, you can anticipate a less expensive, quicker, and hopefully less stressful divorce process than if you needed to have your case decided by a family court judge. If you have agreed to work towards an uncontested divorce, you must decide which way you will handle it. Whether you decide on mediation or collaboration, I am available to help you with your Florida divorce law issues.

What Is Mediation?

Suppose you and your spouse opt to participate in mediation for your uncontested divorce. In that case, we will work with a neutral third party called a mediator to establish terms of the divorce agreement that both parties will accept. Mediation is an affordable option for your divorce, and it can ultimately lead to a more amicable and agreeable divorce for both of you.

Who Can Mediate a Divorce?

There are many private mediators, most of whom are legal professionals with extensive experience in Florida divorce law and are available to help you through this process. As your divorce attorney, I will be able to provide input on the various mediators in the Jacksonville area, their unique style of mediating, and whether your attorney believes that a particular mediator is appropriate in your scenario. Either way, the mediator does not represent you or your spouse; they will work with both of you to reach a fair divorce agreement that both you and your spouse will accept.

How Long Does Mediation Take?

There is no deadline for participating in mediation since it depends entirely on how flexible you and your spouse are with each issue that needs to be resolved. That said, it is generally a much faster option than a contested hearing because you can set the mediation at a time that conforms to the schedules of all parties instead of relying on attending mandatory court dates. Moreover, if you and your spouse come to the mediation table already having agreed on a variety of issues, you can save a lot of time.

How Much Does Mediation Cost?

The cost of your mediation will be directly related to the amount of time that it takes. It is good to work through every issue that you can with your spouse before working with a mediator. Once you have come to a point where you are struggling to reach an agreement about the remaining issues civilly, it is an excellent time to contact a mediator to guide you through the rest.

What Is Collaboration?

Collaboration is a different option for an uncontested divorce. In it, you and your spouse will each have your attorney who will help you negotiate the terms of your divorce. It is different from mediation because the other parties are there in the best interests of their clients instead of a neutral third party trying to find common ground. You will each use your lawyers to negotiate the terms of the divorce collaboratively, instead of leaving the decisions up to a family court.

How Long Does a Collaborative Divorce Take?

The length of your collaborative divorce depends entirely on the agreements you and your spouse have already made. Depending on how much or how little you have determined and how amenable to each negotiation you and your spouse are, this process could be very smooth or somewhat complicated.

How Much Does a Collaborative Divorce Cost?

A collaborative divorce will be more expensive, starting with the fact that there will be two lawyers present, and you will not be dividing the costs of a single mediator with your spouse. Also, the length of time that the collaborative divorce takes is directly related to your final price. If many details need to be worked through that take a lot of time, the cost will go up.

Should I Opt for Mediation or Collaboration?

Although there is no way we can fully answer that question in this document, there are a few things to consider when asking yourself this question:

  • How willing are you and your spouse to work together without lawyers?
  • How much do you already agree?
  • How complicated is the divorce?

Many more questions will lead you towards one decision or another. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation, and we can discuss your situation and explore options for either a mediated or collaborative divorce. I look forward to helping you with these questions and working with you as you go through the divorce process.

As an experienced Miami mediation and collaboration attorney, I can help you decide what is best for you. Contact me right away to start discussing the details of your case.

About the Firm

Jacksonville Divorce Law was founded by Antonio Jimenez, who is an experienced divorce and family law attorney assisting clients in Jacksonville, FL. If you need an attorney that will aggressively protect your rights, you can count on Antonio to help. Antonio prides himself on his ability to accurately advise you of the best course of action to meet your particular needs. If you need legal assistance on a family law matter, call him directly at 904-944-5663 for a free phone consultation with Antonio or an online virtual meeting.