Collaborative Divorce Attorneys in Oregon
Divorce can be overwhelming and emotionally draining. It can also take a significant economic toll. However, an alternative way to divorce exists that can reduce the negative emotional and financial impact of ending your marriage: collaborative divorce. A collaborative divorce can allow you and your spouse to part ways amicably without court intervention. It can also help alleviate the stress, time, and expense that is often associated with litigation. In addition, collaborative divorce can also be beneficial to promote a positive co-parenting relationship between you and your spouse for the benefit of your children. Litowich Law provides skillful representation for clients who seek to utilize the collaborative process to help ensure the most favorable outcome is reached in their cases and for their children.
What is Collaborative Divorce?Collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial process by which spouses commit to resolving the issues in their divorce in a private and neutral setting, instead of resorting to litigation. Rather than have their case heard by a judge, divorcing spouses who use the collaborative process work with a team of professionals who help them achieve the best possible results. The collaborative divorce team that is assembled depends upon the specific needs of the case and can include the following:
- Financial professional — A financial professional can help to gather all relevant financial documents and prepare an estimate of each spouse's financial needs.
- Appraiser — An appraiser can determine the value of specific assets such as real estate, art, jewelry, and other real or personal property.
- Accountant — An accountant can keep the parties focused on the financial issues in the case and enter into an agreement that distributes assets and property fairly.
- Divorce coach — A divorce coach can assist the parties with navigating the complexities of divorce and offer emotional support.
- Child custody specialist — A child custody specialist can ensure that the parenting plan and custody arrangement put into place is in the children's best interests.
- Mental health professional — A therapist or other mental health professional can help facilitate respectful communication and reduce conflict.