|You and your spouse control the process, time, and decisions.
|The judge controls the process and is the final decision maker.
|You and your spouse pledge civility, respect, and transparency.
|The court system pits you as adversaries.
|Costs are managed by the parties. The process is typically considerably less costly than ligitation. Efficiencies are maximized by the use of neutral experts.
|Costs are unpredictable and increase rapidly, mostly outside any control of the parties. Guardian ad Litems and experts hired by both parties can greatly increase the costs.
|You and your spouse, with the assistance of the team, create the timetable.
|The Court dictates the timetable. If you have complex issues, such as one spouse owns a business, it can take longer.
|You and your spouse jointly hire neutral experts for financial and child related matters.
|Each party hires their own expert, whose job is partly to discredit the other expert.
|Team meetings are conducted in the offices of the attorneys or experts. The final hearing is also held in an office with a private judge who is hired for this purpose.
|The Court and courtrooms are open to the public.
|Volutary vs Mandatory
|Mandatory. Once a party files for divorce, if you fail to engage in the litigation, the divorce will be granted in favor of the other party.
|You and your spouse will communicate directly, with the assistance of team professionals.
|Communication is conducted through attorneys.
|The collaborative family law process is conducted outside of the court.
|Divorce is litigated through the court system.