Some of the most common divorce questions and family law questions are posed here:
Who would benefit from this non hostile approach to family law?
- People with children who understand they are parents for life regardless of the newly reorganized family. Even if not all the issues are agreed upon, mediation is a positive tool used by Family Law Bend to encourage compromise between both parties, coming to mutually satisfying solutions.
- People who want to avoid the cost and devastation of litigation. In litigation, a Judge makes the decision as opposed to the parties themselves. A typical trial where custody is an issue can cost each party an average of $25,000 for attorney costs and fees.
- People with or without children who want to part in a non-hostile manner with equitable division of their assets and liabilities.
- People who want an economical option and are comfortable with limited legal services.
What process can I expect if I hire Lillian or Joel in my family law matter with limited legal services?
The attorneys will draft and review documents necessary in filing and completing the divorce process or other family law matters.They will provide legal advice and help guide clients through the case. They attend court status conferences, judicial settlement conferences, and informal hearings if necessary. They only represent one party in the case.
What is a Judicial Mediation Settlement Conference?
If the parties disagree on some issues, then the attorneys will mediate the case with a retired Judge. Almost all cases settle through this process.
Do both parties need an attorney?
Lillian and Joel represent only one party and encourage the other party to seek independent counsel to review the proposed judgment on their behalf. Nearly 50% of cases involve two attorneys. Most often, the attorneys are able to achieve settlement working with the other attorney. The Oregon State Bar will not allow attorneys to represent both parties because of the conflicts involved.
How long is the relative divorce process?
Most clients finish the process in 2-3 months for a low cost flat fee.
Can both Parties meet with Lillian or Joel?
Yes, both parties may come in together for an initial educational consultation. But the attorneys can only represent one party in the family law matter. Often, the other party can represent themselves, but they are always encouraged to seek independent legal advice.
What can I expect in a mediation meeting with the attorneys?
Lasting 2-4 hours, the two parties meet voluntarily with the attorney/mediator, with the objective of parties coming to a fair agreement. It is understood that the mediator has no power to decide disputed issues for the parties, but the mediator will be able to interpret the law regarding the presented matter. The mediator is neutral and does not represent either party. The goal is to find mutually satisfying solutions, settling as many issues as possible, while keeping the benefit of the entire family in mind.
How much does a divorce lawyer cost?