What Is Collaborative Mediation For Divorce?

Mediation is a cost-effective alternative to the lengthy court process and costly trial. Divorce mediation is a process that allows a separating or divorcing couple to meet with specially trained neutral professionals to help them dissolve their marriage with ease.

In mediation, you and your spouse negotiate terms and conditions rather than asking a judge to decide. Even when communication has broken down or has been the cause of the marriage's demise, with help from highly trained individuals, many couples are able to come to a successful dissolution of their marriage on terms that meet the family's needs. Meaningful and productive conversations around difficult topics help mitigate the finger pointing and emotional stress often associated with the traditional divorce process.

The collaborative divorce process is quite common in metropolitan Portland and San Francisco Bay Area communities, and in larger cities throughout the U.S. In the Rogue Valley, this divorce mediation tool is relatively new, and our service is unique. The Divorce Mediation Collaborators (TDMC) of Ashland, are a group of professionals (communication coaches, and two accountants) dedicated to working as a team with couples wishing to separate and use this alternative form of dispute resolution.

Serving couples throughout Jackson and Josephine Counties, TMDC works to encourage spouses to verbalize their expectations, needs and wants. Typically, TMDC addresses issues like property division, child custody and visitation, child support and spousal support. Our collaborators guide both parties to creatively customize their futures as they would want to see it. Many find that the process of mediation has helped them develop better listening and communication skills, as well as problem solving skills which set a good foundation for resolving future conflicts.