Collaborative mediation is for those couples who recognize there are strong emotions related to the breakdown of the marriage, possibly from an affair, substance abuse or mental health issues, very long term marriage, one spouse has health issues, etc., which will require the support of a mental health professional, such as a divorce coach, to assist both parties in facilitating productive communication, providing resources for information about child development and the impact of divorce on children, supporting both parties emotionally and assisting the parties with closure on the end of the marriage.
In collaborative mediation, the mediator will address the legal aspects of the divorce centered around assisting the parties with a full-disclosure of assets/debts and options for distribution of the marital estate, determining support responsibilities (when appropriate) and the drafting of necessary paperwork to submit to the court to conclude the divorce.
Depending on the complexity of the marital estate, a financial neutral can be engaged to assist with the gathering and assimilation of financial information regarding assets and debts and preparing a cash-flow analysis to assist the parties in making informed decisions about the future.
The collaborative mediation process is cost-effective, streamlined and comprehensive. This process is an option for couples looking for the emotional and psychological support of a divorce coach, guidance from the financial neutral without the expense of two collaborative attorneys.