To answer this question, consider whether both you and your spouse (or other person you are in conflict with) desire to resolve your dispute in a non-adversarial manner. If you both want a non-adversarial process, consider whether you would feel more comfortable with personal legal representation during the negotiations or you are comfortable negotiating directly in the presence of a mediator. If you prefer attorney representation and the opportunity to enlist financial and mental health experts in the process, collaborative divorce may be the best option. If you are comfortable using an attorney as a consultant only outside of the negotiations, then mediation is probably the most cost-effective method for you. I am happy to meet with you or together with you and your spouse to discuss these options.