New York matrimonial and divorce attorney Jacqueline Newman of Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein explains the difference between collaborative law and mediation.
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Collaborative law and mediation are actually very, very different. In mediation, you have one person who’s a neutral: they’re going to be working with both parties, and the parties would have attorneys, but they would be someone outside of the process – so, they would just consult with them. In collaborative law, you have your attorneys in the room, and you’re not working with somebody who’s a neutral; you’re working – both parties having representation, but you still have the greater goal of settlement.