Ending a relationship is stressful enough without a long, drawn-out battle in an Oregon family court. You may be eager to get through the legal aspect of the divorce as quickly and painlessly as possible so that you can begin to heal emotionally. We at the law office of Daniel J. Lounsbury Attorney at Law frequently assist clients to reach the most favorable outcome for everyone without litigation.
Forbes magazine points out that, often, avoiding a lawsuit is the best option because in court, the judge gets to make the final decision regarding what property division settlement is fair. If you and your spouse can work it out between you, there is no need to involve someone who doesn't really understand your case.
This does not mean you and your spouse have to sit down across the table from each other and figure out the details on your own. In fact, the more marital assets the two of you have, the more professionals you may need to hire. In addition to each of you hiring your own legal representation, you may need one or more forensic accountants, real estate appraisers and valuation experts.
Once all of your marital property has a dollar amount indicating fair market value, the division process is likely to go much more smoothly. For example, knowing that your favorite antiques are not worth a fraction of the value of your spouse's favorite collection may give you leverage to bargain for the boat as well.
There are times when litigation may be necessary, such as in the case of an abusive spouse. More information about family law issues is available on our webpage.