It’s important to think about the range of options available to you right off the bat. Most people are now aware that court does not have to be where to start. Mediation is an excellent option for those wanting facilitated communication while they negotiate. For those who want guidance around options for settlement and legal information and advice as they negotiate, the Collaborative Process is a great option. Grounded in transparency, cooperation, and respect, this option provides a private, non-adversarial, comprehensive, efficient process opportunity. Your lawyer will be there to advocate for you, to draft the Separation Agreement and to provide the independent legal advice necessary for a legally binding settlement.