Collaborative Law

A better way to divorce

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 is the new path for resolving a divorce in a respective manner and without going to court. The process involves a team of trained professionals that is specially tailored to meet your family’s needs. Collaborative Law can be used to settle divorces, custody and parenting time issues, and even non-family law matters.

Why Collaborative Law?

  • 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 have the potential to reflect the true needs of each individual family.  This is very different from the litigation process, where a judge makes decisions for the family, based upon his/her experience, opinions, and impressions.
  • 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.
  • Maintain Privacy- Public court appearances or trials are avoided in the Collaborative process.  All meetings, discussions, and documents are conducted in private.
  • 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 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 of Professionals- The Collaborative process involves financial specialists, child specialists, counselors, coaches, or other professionals as needed.  The involvement of 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.
Resources

International Association of Collaborative Professional
Oregon Association of Collaborative Professional


Laidlaw & Laidlaw, PC’s Attorneys are ready to help you find a holistic solution to divorce and family disputes.

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