How to choose a Collaborative Divorce lawyer

Choosing your collaborative divorce lawyer is one of the most important parts of the collaborative divorce process. It is crucial that your lawyer has the proper training to effectively work with your spouse, your spouse’s lawyer, and the other experts in your case.  Many lawyers will say that they are “collaborative” or “cooperative” and will suggest that formal training is not necessary.  This is not the case.  Lawyers who lack formal collaborative training will cause the collaborative process to be less efficient and possibly create situations in which the process falls apart completely.

If your spouse has already met with a collaboratively trained lawyer, that lawyer will likely have provided him/her with a list of other collaboratively trained lawyers that they like to work with. In a litigated matter, a spouse may look warily on lawyers recommended by their spouse’s lawyer.  In the collaborative context, on the other hand, it is crucial that both lawyers get along on both a personal and professional level.

If you are trying to find a collaboratively trained lawyer on your own, there are already a few practice groups in Oregon and the greater Portland metro area. These groups can be found on the IACP website (http://www.collaborativepractice.com).   The website has links to local practice groups.

For more information on collaborative divorce, contact the law offices of Stephens & Margolin LLP for a consultation.

About Daniel Margolin

Daniel Margolin is a founding partner of Stephens & Margolin LLP and a Portland, Oregon native. His practice focuses on all aspects of family law litigation. Dan applies his litigation expertise to provide additional expertise when assisting clients with Family Law Appeals and Collaborative Divorce matters. To find out more or contact Daniel Margolin, visit Stephens & Margolin LLP
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3 Responses to How to choose a Collaborative Divorce lawyer

  1. this is helpful information – thanks for sharing.

  2. Knowledge is power – the more spouse can educate themselves the better equipped they will be and the better decisions they can make with regard to moving forward with the divorce which includes choosing the right collaborative divorce lawyer.

  3. Burke says:

    Choosing the right divorce lawyer is very important but people getting divorced are clouded by emotional stress and often don’t critique their own divorce lawyers enough. It can be invaluable to understand some of the tactics divorce lawyers use to complicate and drag out divorce cases. I recommend reading about divorce lawyer tactics to understand as much as possible before choosing a lawyer. The more you understand their methods the easier it is to trust your divorce lawyer to handle all the nuances of your case.

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