Realizing that it is time to end a marriage is hard for many couples to accept. Usually, both spouses try as hard as possible to save a relationship before throwing in the towel. After finally making the decision to divorce, couples will have to choose how to proceed with their plans.

At one time, just about the only way to end a marriage was through litigation. However, now couples can choose from several divorce options. We would like to discuss two of these options in our blog: divorce mediation and collaborative divorce. Many Texas couples think that these two methods are the same, but differences between the two exist.

What is divorce mediation?

Mediation relies on a neutral third party trained in the art of encouraging couples to communicate honestly and effectively. While family law attorneys often fill the role of a neutral mediator, they do not legally represent either party. Mediation helps spouses come to a mutual agreement on important terms of their divorce. Other benefits of divorce mediation include:

  • No courtrooms
  • Complete confidentiality
  • Control over the divorce
  • Lower costs

What is collaborative divorce?

In a collaborative law divorce, each spouse receives individual representation by an attorney. Both parties and their lawyers meet with one another to work out critical divorce terms such as child custody, support and property division. Like mediation, collaborative law encourages compromise. A big benefit of collaborative divorce is having your own lawyer to protect the interests of you and your children. Other benefits include:

  • Positive communication
  • Increased flexibility
  • Less stress and anxiety
  • Customized resolution

We would like to end our post with a little bit of common sense. Learn more about all of your divorce options before you commit to any one method. This empowers both of you to find a solution that meets the needs of your entire family. Visit our website to start your education.