The collaborative law model of issue resolution was developed as a means of reducing conflict between parties to a divorce. At its core are two specially trained attorneys who view the “marital estate” as something more than just income and assets, and who focus on the shared interests of the parties in helping to form settlements. In the collaborative setting, parties have the freedom to explore creative solutions which better suit their needs and circumstances, and which would likely not be available to them through traditional litigation.
In a divorce case, the process usually incorporates the use of a divorce coach, to help the parties with their emotions and communication, so they can actively participate in their own decision-making and have a future ability to solve problems together. Neutral financial planners are also available to provide information and analysis to help with the decision-making process. A child specialist can also be used to help educate the parents on their children’s developmental needs, mediate parenting plans, or provide other forms of analysis and advice.
The collaborative process can also be used to address other issues, such as drafting prenuptial agreements or resolving post-divorce disputes. Not every case can be resolved this way, nor is every person right for Collaborative Family Law, but it has been a useful and very effective alternative to litigation in a great many cases.
Herb is a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and one of the founding members of the Oregon Association of Collaborative Professionals (OACP).
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