Collaborative Law: A Nonconfrontational Approach

Collaborative law is a relatively new approach to resolving divorce and family law issues. Unlike the traditional, adversarial approach that can end up in a courtroom battle, collaborative law focuses on resolving issues through negotiation, compromise, mediation and agreement.

The collaborative law process is designed to minimize the financial and emotional costs associated with divorce.

At the Law Office of Stephen J. Bedor, we are trained in the collaborative law process. Attorney Stephen J. Bedor is an effective negotiator who will help you identify your priorities and work toward a fair resolution to contested issues.

At the beginning of the collaborative law process, both parties sign an agreement stating they will:

  • Resolve contested issues outside of court
  • Communicate openly with each other
  • Provide all requested information
  • Negotiate in good faith

An attorney trained in the collaborative law process represents each party. Other neutral experts, including financial advisers, CPAs, mediators and mental health professionals, can be brought in to guide the two parties toward a resolution of contested issues.

Resolving Issues Outside of Court

You can end the collaborative law process and take your case to court, but you must select another lawyer if you do so.

All divorce issues, including child custody and parenting time, child support, spousal support and asset division, are settled through collaboration. Collaborative law gives control over the outcome of a divorce to the two parties involved. The final divorce decree is a product of their own collaboration, not the decision of a judge.

Collaborative law divorce is not for everyone, but it can reduce the cost of obtaining a divorce while minimizing the emotional trauma to everyone involved, including the children.

If you believe you are a candidate for a collaborative law divorce, please contact us today. From our office in Lake Oswego, Oregon, we represent clients in collaborative law proceedings throughout the Portland area.

To learn about other types of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, please visit our Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation page.