Why not Mediation
Mediation is also a settlement process that seeks to resolve disputes with limited court involvement. There are important distinctions between Collaborative practice and Mediation, however. Mediation does not always involve the use of attorneys.
When couples mediate without lawyers, they do not get important legal representation and support throughout their decision making. When couples involve lawyers in mediation, the lawyers serve the dual role of assisting in settlement process but also preparing for litigation. This dual role increases the contentiousness of the mediation process.
Mediation also does not provide the comprehensive professional support from mental health and financial professionals that Collaborative Practice Divorce provides.