Collaborative Mediation Benefits
Collaborative mediation has many benefits for couples who recognize there is no one perfect way to go through a divorce. Being able to work together and communicate during the breakdown of a marriage is imperative to the success or failure of your family’s future relationships.
In collaborative mediation your attorney mediator will assist you and your spouse, with the support of a mental health professional, such as a divorce coach, in facilitating productive communication. Your divorce coach also provide resources for information about child development and the impact of divorce on children, all while supporting both parties emotionally and assisting the parties with closure at the end of their marriage.
During collaborative mediation, your attorney 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. Having a mediator work through the legal aspects of a divorce is a benefit towards couples. Although your attorney mediator cannot give legal advice, comprehensive legal information is provided throughout the entire process.
Finances are a touchy subject in divorces, but having an analysis of your finances is a key component and benefit of collaborative mediation. A financial neutral can be engaged to assist with gathering and assimilating financial information regarding assets and debts while preparing a cash-flow analysis to assist you and your spouse in making informed decisions about your financial future.
The collaborative mediation process is also cost-effective, streamlined, and comprehensive. This process is an option for couples looking for the emotional and psychological support of a divorce coach, and guidance from the financial neutral without the expense of two collaborative attorneys.
For nearly 30 years, I have served families going through one of the hardest times in their lives, and have seen couples go through collaborative mediation and come out of the process as empowered decision-makers. If you are in Overland Park, KS and wish to schedule a consultation, contact me, Elizabeth Hill, online at The Hill Law Firm, P.C., or feel free to call me at 913-381-1500 with any questions regarding your case.