Collaborative Divorce Versus Divorce Mediation

Utah couples seeking a divorce often wonder what all their options are and what the best way to go about filing is. While some divorces may call for strict litigation, others may be settled in a more amicable way. This is where collaborative divorce or divorce mediation may come into the picture.

Collaborative divorce may seem like a new term, but it has actually been around for quite some time. While it may seem pretty comparable to divorce mediation, there are a few differences that set them apart. In a mediated divorce, couples can talk out specifics of their settlement with an un-biased mediator or third-party. In a collaborative setting, each spouse maintains his or her own attorney, but works to settle a divorce agreement outside of court. Financial advisors and mental health experts are sometimes included in this process, as well.

Collaborative divorce proceedings have been in the United States since about 2009 and have been adopted by states on an individual basis. Utah is one of those states that has decided to allow this practice. While collaborative divorce is relatively new, both collaborative and mediated divorces can produce desired results.

So which path to divorce is better for Utah couples? Truly, only the couple going through the process can decide what works best for them. No matter the chosen path to divorce, — litigation, divorce mediation or collaboration — agreements can be made allowing each spouse to move forward. However, it is comforting to know there are several options available to assist with every situation.

Source:, “Collaborative Divorce Continues To Spread In The USA – Welcomed By Stress Ridden Divorcees“,  June 29, 2014

Published On: July 3rd, 2014Categories: Collaborative Divorce, Mediated DivorceComments Off on Collaborative Divorce Versus Divorce Mediation
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About the Author: Marco Brown
Marco C. Brown was named Utah’s Outstanding Family Law Lawyer of the Year in 2015. He graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2007 and is currently the managing partner of Brown Family Law, LLC.
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