How does Collaborative Law differ from mediation?

In mediation, there is one “neutral” person who helps the disputing parties try to settle their case. The mediator cannot give either party legal advice, and cannot help either side advocate its position. If one side becomes unreasonable or stubborn, lacks factual knowledge or negotiating skill, or is emotionally distraught, the mediation can become unbalanced. Unless the mediator finds a way to deal with the problem, the process can break down, or the resulting agreement may be unfair to one party. Even if the parties have attorneys, they might not be present at the negotiation and their advice may come too late to be helpful.

Collaborative Law was designed to address these problems, while maintaining an absolute commitment to settlement. Each party has access to legal advice and skilled advocacy at all times during the process to assist them in achieving a settlement that meets their immediate and long-term needs. The attorneys work to keep the process positive and productive.

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