How does mediation differ from other divorce proceedings?
Mediation is distinct from other divorce proceedings, which include contested divorces and collaborative divorces. In contested divorces, each spouse will have a lawyer representing them and will proceed to trial to have a judge determine the final outcome of the divorce proceedings, their division of assets, and child custody and support. Couples choose these types of proceedings when they cannot achieve compromises or decisions outside of court like in a collaborative divorce. Mediation, on the other hand, involves a single mediator instead of two attorneys and settles divorce issues outside of court in a collaborative and amicable manner. Other collaborative divorce proceedings are similar to meditation but may involve the use of more than one attorney in their compromising efforts.