Collaborative Law

Is there a better way to divorce without a messy court battle?
YES!

After years of family law experience Laidlaw & Laidlaw, PC’s legal team recognized that there must be a better way… and we found it.
Collaborative Divorce provides you Better Way to Divorce.


What is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative Divorce is the modern way to resolve divorces in a respectful manner and without going to court. The process involves a team of trained professionals that are specially tailored to meet your family’s unique needs. Collaborative Law can be used to settle divorces, custody and parenting time issues, and even non-family law matters.


Why Choose Collaborative Divorce?

 


No Court

Participants in the Collaborative process agree at the beginning of the case that they will stay out of court.


Lawyer’s Support and Advice

In the Collaborative process, both parties have their own attorneys. This ensures that both parties have all the important information and legal advice they need to be able to make well-informed decisions. The lawyer helps with negotiations, too. For parties who are afraid their voices won’t be heard, it’s especially important to have a team to help you communicate effectively.


Client has Control over the Outcome

Participants in the Collaborative process have complete control over their agreements. The final agreements can reflect the true needs of each individual family member. This is very different from the litigation process, where a judge makes decisions for the family, based on his/her experience, opinions, and impressions.


Maintain Privacy

Public court appearances or trials are avoided in the Collaborative process. All meetings, discussions, and documents are conducted in private.


Client Satisfaction

Collaborative Law participants report high rates of satisfaction with both the outcomes and the process of collaboration. This is very different from traditional family litigation, where the parties typically report dissatisfaction with the cost, stress, uncertainty, and permanently damaged relationships.


Preserve Important, Lifelong Relationships

Litigation damages relationships, often irreparably. It’s hard to carry on amicably with someone when they’ve been grilled by the opposing attorney or had the “other side” dig through and air out all of their dirty laundry. Litigation is a lot like war – the dirtier you play, the more blood is shed on both sides. One side may “win,” but that rarely looks the way the parties expect. And that’s not a good framework for families. When only one side can “win,” that means that in reality, everyone loses. Especially children.


Involves a Team of Professionals

The Collaborative process involves financial specialists, child specialists, counselors, coaches, or other professionals as needed. The involvement of these carefully selected experts ensures that the parties have the most important information needed to make the best decisions possible. Compare this to the litigation process, where the parties hire “expert witnesses” to “prove” that one party should get more than the other, that one parent is unfit, etc. Instead of the experts serving as “witnesses” for your side or the other, they become part of your team, helping your family achieve a good outcome.


How does a Collaborative Divorce compare to a Traditional Divorce?

A collaborative divorce is the “better way to divorce”. The collaborative divorce process is an alternative to traditional divorce litigation, which typically ends in a long courtroom battle with divorcing spouses pitted against each other. The collaborative divorce process allows divorcing couples to devise and customize the divorce solution that works for them and their family moving forward. Please visit our Traditional Divorce vs Collaborative divorce page for a more in-depth comparison of these divorce options.

 


Once you decide to divorce, what's next?

At Laidlaw & Laidlaw, PC we understand the difficulty in making the decision to divorce and the courage it takes to start the process.
Our expert divorce attorneys don’t want you walking this path alone. If you think collaborative divorce is the right path for you and your family, or you are unsure of the best divorce solution for your unique case, please contact us today to schedule a confidential meeting.
Together we can talk about your situation, and find the best path to get you and your family a successful outcome.


For More Resources on Collaborative Law and Divorce:
International Association of Collaborative Professional
Oregon Association of Collaborative Professional