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Why A Coach?

by Zvi Strassberg, Ph.D.

A key attraction of collaborative divorce is that clients have the opportunity to work together with each other and with professionals as part of a team to meet the needs of the family. This is in contrast to a traditional litigation model, which is adversarial and positional in nature.

A collaborative team always includes the clients, each client’s attorney, and sometimes a financial neutral. The team often also includes a coach who works with both clients, or two coaches who each work with a respective client (and in concert with each other as part of the group of professionals). Coaches are mental health professionals such as psychologists, counselors, and social workers who help clients through the psychologically challenging aspects of the divorce process.   [...read on]



by Kim Gordon

At the first session of one of my first collaborative cases, the clients came in with a copy of an article from the New York Times about “nesting” - a parenting arrangement where the children continue to reside full-time in the family home and the parents take turns being with the children.

Since this was a new concept to us all (the 2 collaborative attorneys, as well as the clients), we contacted the attorneys in the article to get more information about how nesting worked.  [...read on]


10 Reasons Why Collaborative Law Might Be Right for You

by Michael Dwyer

Getting a divorce might seem more complicated now than it used to be. There are certainly more choices to be made on the front end. Should we use mediation? Or Collaborative Law? Or the traditional court system? At the very moment when life seems to be falling apart, it is not easy to take the time you need to determine the best process for handling your divorce. But making a good choice  [...read on]


Reach Out to Collaborate: Attorney Relations in Adversarial & Collaborative Divorces

by Michael Dwyer

Imagine: You’re a lawyer retained by a new client who wants a divorce. Now you’re faced with making first contact with the other lawyer. How will that call go? What can you expect? If you’re a lawyer used to operating in the traditional adversarial family law system, your call may be frosty or cordial or friendly, depending on your relationship with the opposing attorney... [...read on]


Collaborative Divorce Comes of Age in Portland

by Michael Dwyer

At long last, Collaborative Law is finding its legs in Portland. The number of professionals offering a non-adversarial option for divorcing couples is growing rapidly. There are an increasing number of lawyers, mental health professionals, child specialists, and financial planners specializing in collaborative law practice, including some of Portland’s most prominent family law  [...read on]