Will Collaborative Law or Mediation help lessen the cost of my divorce?

Sometimes people come into divorce really worried about how much the process itself is going to cost. Divorce is expensive. There’s no getting around that. Oftentimes people look to alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation or collaborative law to try to reduce the cost of the divorce process itself and often that’s quite successful.

The thing is that the dollars that you spend on professional fees and mediation and collaborative law are 100 percent spent on trying to settle your case. There is no waiting in court. There is no formal discovery, which is very time-consuming, and therefore extremely expensive. In my view, you get a lot more value for the dollar spent in mediation and collaborative law than you do in litigation.