This post is the last in a four part series on litigated divorce, collaborative divorce, and divorce mediation. If you haven’t already read parts 1, 2, and 3, I recommend you do before continuing.
Divorce mediation (continued)
A divorce mediator does not necessarily need to be a lawyer, although many are. The purpose of a divorce mediator is to facilitate conflict resolution between the two parties so that they can come to an agreement on issues pertaining to their divorce on their own. Consequently, good mediators have training and experience in conflict management and dispute resolution.
Why choose a non-litigated divorce
Whether it’s through collaborative divorce, divorce mediation, or another means of arriving at an uncontested divorce, solving problems outside of court has its benefits. It’s generally faster, less expensive, less stressful, and affords the disputing parties more control over the outcome of their case.
Not the answer for every case
As popular as collaborative divorce and divorce mediation become, and despite their many benefits, there will likely always be a need for litigated divorces. Sometimes there is simply too much conflict to manage collaboratively. Sometimes formal discovery proceedings may be necessary to protect one party’s interests. The only way to know for sure if the collaborative process is right for you is to speak with an experienced professional.
Choose the right attorney
PJ Hartman has over 15 years of experience helping New Mexico families resolve their disputes through collaborative law and mediation. She is also a certified collaborative divorce attorney with the New Mexico State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.
If your case isn’t a good fit for collaborative divorce or divorce mediation, PJ is also a highly experienced trial lawyer. She has the skills and experience to represent your interest inside or outside of a courtroom, and the wisdom to know which way will result in the best outcomes for you and your family.
Call the office today to set up a consultation and find out if the collaborative approach is a good fit for you!
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