Collaborative Divorce Explained

October 31st, 2016

Portland family law attorneys are frequently asked to explain collaborative divorce.

Collaborative DivorceA collaborative divorce is an alternative to the traditional divorce. A collaborative divorce tries to eliminate as much acrimony and discord as possible from the process of dissolving a marriage.

Regardless of what type you choose, divorce is still a painful ordeal. Even so, some of the pain and hurt might be mitigated if you and your future ex-spouse take the collaborative route.

A collaborative divorce differs from a traditional divorce in three main ways.

Both parties agree to resolve matters by negotiation. Both parties also promise not to go to court. If either side threatens to go to court, then both lawyers resign.

Experts are used to collect and process information. In a traditional divorce, lawyers acquire information through a process called “discovery.” In a collaborative divorce, financial information is gathered by experts. If children are involved, additional experts are used to determine a parenting plan.

Parties agree to see a divorce coach. If emotional issues are surrounding the split, a therapist or counselor will be brought in to assist. That’s why a collaborative divorce is sometimes called a “peaceful divorce.”

Is a collaborative divorce right for you? Before answering, read our article “What Type of Dispute Resolution Is Right for You?”

To learn more about collaborative divorce, contact Ronald Johnston, one of Portland’s most experienced family law attorneys.



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