There are key differences between collaborative law and mediation:

  • Mediation involves the use of a neutral third party to facilitate the process, whereas collaborative law processes use four-way meetings
  • Collaborative law allows inter-disciplinary meetings with financial specialists, divorce coaches, and child specialists
  • Within the collaborative process, each party’s lawyer helps with the negotiations, as opposed to the mediator controlling the process in mediation
  • In mediation the parties may threaten court action, whereas in a collaborative process they make a commitment to work through the process