What is the best divorce solution for your family? Collaborative Divorce or Mediation?

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Campbell Family Law helps clients divorce differently because they deserve better choices in the outcome.  We only work in the out-of-court processes of mediation, collaborative divorce, and collaborative mediation to provide clients with the flexibility they need and want without the spectacle or tragedy that a litigated divorce often is.

Campbell Family Law prepares and empower clients to live their new liberated life to the fullest.

Collaborative Divorce

Stage One: Committing to the Process → Stage Two: Information Gathering → Stage Three: Brainstorming Options → Stage Four: Negotiating Solutions → Stage Five: Reaching an Agreement

Stage One: Committing to the Process
Stage Two: Information Gathering
Stage Three: Brainstorming Options
Stage Four: Negotiating Solutions
Stage Five: Reaching an Agreement

Collaborative Divorce is a legal process enabling couples who have decided to separate or end their marriage to work with their lawyers and other professionals to avoid the uncertain outcome of court decisions and to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children.

Mediation

Stage One: Neutral Mediator → State Two: Information Sharing → Stage Three: Negotiating with Parties → Stage Four: Final Agreement

Stage One: Neutral Mediator
State Two: Information Sharing
Stage Three: Negotiating with Parties
Stage Four: Final Agreement

Mediation is a dynamic, structured, interactive process where a neutral third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. As a mediator Ms. Campbell also prepares the documents the court requires to finalize a dissolution to insure each couples’ agreements are enforceable should that prove necessary.

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Collaborative Mediation

Collaborative Mediation is a hybrid of two other out-of-court processes: Collaborative Divorce and Mediation.  It can be a good middle ground for those struggling to decide between a Collaborative Divorce or a Mediated Divorce.  In Collaborative Mediation families work with a smaller team, the members of which, commit to step down from the case if the family cannot finalize the divorce in Collaborative Mediation.  It brings the disqualification clause of Collaborative Divorce into Mediation.  To proceed with their dissolution in a litigation forum, each spouse would need to hire a new professional (team) and start again.

The disqualification clause is a powerful tool motivating families to put everything into the Mediation process.  Starting your divorce over a second time due to a spouse’s ambivalence is neither easy nor quick.  It can be a costly choice because the work done in a Collaborative Mediation is confidential so it cannot be used as evidence in the litigation process (with some minor exceptions).

A typical Collaborative Mediation team is one lawyer for each spouse; however the team should be tailored to meet each family’s needs.  Other professionals can be brought in as needed.  Please visit the Collaborative Divorce page on this website to learn what other Collaborative professionals might participate in a Collaborative Mediation.

Collaborative Mediation works best when the team members are trained in Collaborative Divorce and Mediation.  Ms. Campbell, who is trained in both Collaborative Divorce and Mediation, also practiced many years in litigation before moving into her out-of-court practice.  Consequently, Ms. Campbell is skilled in handling the parenting plan, financial disclosures, and settlement discussions.