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A TEAM APPROACH FOR FAMILIES IN TRANSITION

DIVORCE : EVOLVED
“TO DEVELOP BY A PROCESS TO A DIFFERENT STATE OR CONDITION, ESPECIALLY FROM A SIMPLISTIC TO A MORE SERENE FORM.”

Bridges Collaborative Divorce Solutions is a group of experienced mediators, lawyers, financial and mental health professionals. We work together to help couples divorce respectfully. Bridges Divorce was founded in early 2011 and has handled hundreds of mediated and collaborative divorces. We have years of experience working together as mediators, lawyers, divorce coaches and financial advisers, while maintaining separate practices and offices. The majority of our clients reach agreement without a contested court case and have better lives for it. We are second to none in Oregon and SW Washington.

RESPECTFUL RESOLUTION IS POSSIBLE

About half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. Unfortunately, divorcing couples can find themselves in court when better options are available. In our experience, family issues are far too complex and personal to properly resolve in a contested court setting.

DIVORCE : EVOLVED, THERE IS A BETTER WAY

Divorce is messy and damaging, but you can take steps to make sure things go as smoothly as possible — Learn about collaborative divorce and mediation. Nobody gets married expecting to get divorced, but you can take the high road.

  • Don’t battle it out in court. Wanting to win at all costs and believing that you will find emotional justice in the courtroom usually costs much more time and money and most often your anticipated outcome is never achieved. Learn the less adversarial and less costly divorce process that involves a team of divorce professionals who advocate for your best interest and serve as your best support system.
  • Avoid being bullied or taken advantage of. Learn the critical skills that will help you communicate more effectively, and make informed decisions throughout your divorce, ultimately leading to a more fair and balanced outcome.
  • Stop living in the past. Instead, see your divorce as an opportunity for transformative growth. Learn strategies that will shift your mindset, maintain your dignity and consistently put your best self forth during and after your divorce.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Family Mediation is a way of resolving intimate, personal differences with an impartial person (the Mediator) helping you both calmly discuss questions and concerns and ideally reach a voluntary agreement. The mediator helps you identify needs and interests, clarify your differences with the other person and find common ground.

Collaborative Divorce is a comprehensive way for couples to re-structure their families, without court intervention. In collaborative divorce, the participants agree to resolve their case in a manner that honors each person involved. Clients are able to build confidence and hope for their future during a stressful time.

OUR TEAM

Bridges has experience: The lawyers, mediators, divorce coaches, financial professional, and child specialist work together to help couples end their marriage peacefully. We are not a law firm. We are five independent lawyer/mediators, two divorce coach/mediators, a certified divorce financial analyst (CDFA) financial adviser, and a psychotherapist/child specialist. We work full-time with families in transition to find out-of-court solutions. We encourage problem solving, communication and healthy co-parenting. We empower couples to create a lasting resolution that fulfills their needs.

WE DO THIS BY:

HHelping clients choose the best process for them.

GGuiding clients to be successful in the option they choose.

AAdapting to a family’s needs and budget.

RReducing fear in decision-making.

EEncouraging open dialogue and joint problem solving.

GGuiding clients away from anger and disappointment toward higher long term views.

Seven Founding Bridgers –  L – R: Dona, Randy, Tonya, Lee, Forrest, Gail (seated), Jim