File for Divorce in Multnomah County
Divorce Representation in Multnomah & Clackamas Counties
Divorce is a difficult life change for most people going through it, with a dizzying flurry of tricky decisions to make. It’s easy to be distracted by the weight and stress of the situation and make less-than-ideal choices that can have a lasting or irreversible impact on your property, your life, and your children.
From property division to parenting time and custody, don’t leave these crucial decisions up to chance. Seek solid representation from a trusted and experienced attorney.
Gresham Family & Bankruptcy Law takes pride in serving the local community in Gresham and beyond. For nearly two decades, we have been helping families resolve legal matters with compassion and professionalism. All our attorneys have many years of experience and a solid track record of success.
One of the most important choices you make when you start your divorce is deciding how to proceed through the legal process. Below are different choices available to you. Each will result in a divorce at the end, but each method carries different challenges, timelines, and financial impacts that must be examined.
What is a Contested Divorce
This is the method most people resort to when they are contemplating divorce. Because no divorce is the same, some disputes – such as parenting time with minor children and child custody – can and should be resolved through court mediation. If these disagreements cannot be resolved before a neutral mediator, then the matter will go before a judge.
Issues regarding child support, spousal support, and property division are also decided by a circuit court judge. It is practical to attempt to resolve these matters between attorneys and often involve extensive discovery and professional evaluations. Any of these disputes can result in multiple court hearings regarding both temporary and permanent resolutions.
The collaborative model of family law representation is a process that is designed to help the parties reach a positive resolution by working together. In a collaborative divorce, each party will have his or her own attorney but will work as a team to reach viable compromises. It may be necessary to include a parenting time/custody trained professional, financial expert, or another adviser.
When you take a collaborative approach, you will be formally divorced, but it will not involve a trial before a judge. This is often more private than a traditional divorce. The collaborative model gives you the support of your own lawyer and focused negotiations.
If your divorce involves questions of custody, the division of a business, or other valuable property, or it involves the question of long-term spousal support, the collaborative model may save you thousands of dollars in legal fees in contrast to a full trial. Of course, if you fail to settle, you will need to resort to a contested traditional divorce. In contrast to the traditional divorce, the collaborative model is a method of resolving disagreements through structured negotiations.
Why Choose Mediation Services
In family law, mediation is the process where both parties meet with a neutral party to reach an agreement. As a mediator, Attorney Lillian Watson can provide you with a safe environment to discuss the issues that need to be resolved before you can reach a final divorce or modification agreement. As an attorney, she can give you the legal parameters you need to reach a workable agreement and can also prepare the legal documents needed to finalize your family matter. As a mediator, she cannot represent either of you individually, but she can assist you in reaching your final decisions.
Uncontested divorce is a method where the parties agree on all the issues and terms of their divorce. This includes custody and parenting time of minor children, child support, spousal support, property division, payment of marital liabilities, and payment of attorney’s fees and costs. If you and your partner can reach this agreement, an uncontested divorce is one of the simplest and most affordable methods to finalize your divorce.
“Pro se” is a Latin phrase meaning “for self.” This is where the party represents himself or herself in court rather than a lawyer. However, it’s common to have questions about the divorce process. Our attorneys can offer advice and assistance in preparing forms, answering legal questions, and preparing to present your case in court. This may be all you need, but if the divorce becomes complicated, you can elect to hire one of our attorneys to complete the process.
Seek Guidance from GFBL
At GFBL, we understand that the challenges you encounter in divorce can quickly become overwhelming. Our goal is to help you resolve these issues in the most efficient, cost-effective manner possible. When you need a skilled lawyer on your side, look no further than the experience and professionalism of GFBL.