Ironically, although there is another paid professional working in the case, a coach usually saves the client money because, unknowingly, and all too often, clients treat their attorneys as their emotional and mental sounding boards. They talk to their lawyer about their challenges and the dynamics with their spouse and, while some of this is pertinent to the outcome of the case, at the attorney’s hourly rate, this is very expensive emotional support! Not only that, your lawyer, while sensitive to your emotions, is not trained to deal with them.
Having a coach means having another bill to pay. In general, the Collaborative process can initially appear to have higher fees than the mediation alternative, especially when you pay the retainers at the start. However, when mediation is not desired or successful (due to emotional issues causing an impasse in the settlement) the costs of the entire process can be far greater. And if you take your divorce to litigation, it is highly likely to be much more costly.