COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE    LITIGATION DIVORCE
The couple controls the process and make final decisions. Judge controls the process and makes final decisions.
The process is affordable: costs are limited. The process is much more expensive. There can be unforeseen expenses, such as post-judgement litigation and appeals.
 The couple determines the timing of events in a collaborative divorce.  Timing of events is dictated by the Judge.
 The couple chooses and retains experts and specialists who can guide them in achieving MUTUALLY beneficial solutions.  Specialists and experts may be chosen and retained separately and therefore couple encounters higher expenses.
Collaborative lawyers brainstorm solutions that benefit both parties and their children.  Each party’s lawyer fights to win. Some litigators prefer trials to maximize their fees at the clients’ greatest expense.
 The couple communicates openly and honestly while keeping negotiation private and confidential.  Communication is one-sided and Court -driven while information is not always private.
Collaborative divorce can be a healing process and provide a good divorce aftermath. Litigation causes bitterness and can lead to an unjust resolution and a horrible divorce aftermath.