Divorce is hard, but it does not have to be destructive. You have better options.
Look beyond the immediate emotional turmoil...
You will see you actually have a lot of control over how your divorce transition occurs.
When most people think of divorce, they think of scorched-earth, no-holds-barred, win-at-all-costs destructive litigation. But that's a no-win situation for everyone involved.
There are better ways to divorce.
The choices you make now will impact nearly every aspect of your life for many years to come. You owe it to yourself to make good, careful choices that will set you and your family up for the greatest possible success after the immediate crisis passes.
Holistic Mediation is a special offering unique to Portland Cooperative Divorce. In Holistic Mediation, you work through your divorce with your family's highest good in mind. In addition to addressing the legal and practical aspects of the transition in a mediation setting, you also receive one-on-one transition coaching to get clear on what really drives decision-making: emotions and communications. Get clear on your highest priorities so you can make the best decisions possible, while learning tools to take good care of yourself and your family during the transition and into your next chapter.
Learn more about Diana's approach to Transition Coaching.
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Mediation is an informal negotiation between spouses, facilitated by a neutral third party trained in helping couples with respectful communication. Parties can participate in mediation with or without the assistance of an attorney. Because the parties negotiate and create their own resolutions, this method also usually results in more durable agreements than litigation.
Collaborative law is a specific out-of-court cooperative resolution method where parties work through a specially designed decision-making process, with the support of specially trained attorneys, to reach a mutually satisfying resolution. Because the process is interest-based and cooperative, it results in more durable outcomes, and better relationships going forward.
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Self-guided divorces are managed by the parties themselves, with varying degrees of assistance from professionals. For relatively simple and/or amicable divorces, there are a multitude of ways to complete the process with limited legal support or court involvement.
Litigation is the traditional process for divorce where one spouse sues the other and their attorneys fight it out. Whether the case settles or goes to a judge to decide, by the end of the case, the parties are often embittered, alienated, and rarely satisfied with the outcome. In over 70% of litigated cases, the parties must return to court later, often repeatedly, to modify or enforce their agreements. Additionally, only about 1% of cases ever go all the way to a trial before a judge; this means the parties end up settling anyway, but with a lot of wasted time, money, and hard-feelings. For this reason, Portland Cooperative Divorce works solely with clients who are willing to resolve their divorce out of court.
Not sure which to choose?
Learn more about the pros and cons of each approach, or schedule a consultation to discuss which option might be right for you: