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Taking a Collaborative Approach

Woman and man sitting at a table facing another woman.At times, divorce and other family law matters can be resolved without the expense, time, and stress of lengthy courtroom proceedings. Involving a professional mediator who encourages productive communication between disputing parties, mediation takes a collaborative approach to a disagreement. This allows disputing parties to retain more control over proceedings – and their outcome. Rather than lawyers and judges making decisions regarding custody or divorce, the parties themselves can reach mutually acceptable agreements that are in their best interests.

According to the State of Oregon Judicial Department, “the courts encourage mediation of disagreements in family law cases.” In some Oregon counties, parents must attend mediation before any court hearings will be held if their family law matter involves minor children, although mediation may be waived in certain circumstances. We can talk to you about your specific family law matter to determine whether mediation will be required, if private mediation services should be sought, or if there is another approach that will be more beneficial to your case.

Interested in learning more? Contact our Portland divorce mediation attorneys at (503) 433-8340.

Benefits of Mediation

In determining whether mediation is right for you (or if it will be required in your case), you may find it helpful to review the pros and cons of this collaborative approach to family law disputes.

Mediation can offer several key benefits. For example:

  • Mediators are impartial and must not favor one party over the other.
  • Mediation is confidential.
  • Mediation typically takes far less time than courtroom hearings and proceedings.
  • Mediation is typically far less expensive than litigating family law matters.
  • Mediation helps disputing parties retain more control over proceedings.
  • Mediation leaves the door open to more flexible agreements, based on a family’s unique needs.

When mediation is not required by the court, it is completely voluntary. That means that both parties must agree to take this approach. Additionally, parties may find that, even under a mediator’s skilled guidance, they cannot reach agreements regarding their dispute. At that point, they may need to go through with court proceedings.

Is Mediation Right for You?

Like most family law matters, you should not begin mediation without seeking professional counsel. Our Portland mediation lawyers can talk to you about your goals and what may be required in your case. At Levine Law Center, we believe in taking a fresh approach to our clients’ divorce, custody, and other family law cases. We work closely with our clients to protect their best interests and pursue the best possible outcome in their individual cases.

Contact us at (503) 433-8340 today for more information and insight.

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    Andrew Levine

    Founding Attorney

    Andrew created the Levine Law Center to serve the needs of his community. He previously worked on behalf of insurance carriers and employers, but soon realized that regular, hard-working people were getting taken advantage of. Andrew wanted nothing to do with that, and switched sides. Ever since, Andrew has been a champion for the worker and the great people of his community. Andrew has a reputation for his aggressive and tenacious advocacy of his clients. Knowing that his clients and their ...
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    Anthony Stuart


    Anthony Stuart joined the Levine Law Center team in 2019 and is admitted to practice law in Oregon and Florida (presently inactive). He started his legal career in Florida and first started practicing family law alongside a complex business and family immigration law practice. After moving to Oregon in 2015, Anthony established a new law practice dedicated to working with small to medium-sized enterprises on regulatory matters, governmental affairs, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate ...
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    Joseph Katz


    Joseph Katz joined the Levine Law Center team in 2020. In 2012, he began practicing medical malpractice law in New York but moved back to Oregon in 2014 while maintaining a civil litigation and business path. He approaches each client compassionately according to their own needs while zeroing in on clear goals and objectives. Joseph spent significant time in Israel and enjoys running (he ran the New York City Marathon in 2013) and biking the great outdoors with his wife and two young children.
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    Jennifer L. Peckham


    Jennifer is a highly experienced family law attorney, having handled hundreds of cases since becoming licensed in 2009. While divorce and custody cases are common in her practice, Jennifer has also handled relocations, child support and spousal support modifications, dissolutions of domestic partnerships and restraining order cases. Using her Master’s in Education on top of her legal training, Jennifer leverages her experience as an educator to help convey her clients’ narratives. Jennifer is a ...

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