Alternatives to Old-Style Family Law and Divorce

There are two main alternatives to old-style divorce that can empower you and your spouse to write your next chapters: The first is Collaborative Divorce. The second is Mediation.

The Collaborative Divorce and the Mediation processes are each designed to allow you and your spouse to make the decisions about your post-divorce futures. You work from the very start to identify what uniquely needs to be addressed for you; working with either your individual Collaborative Divorce attorneys or with your neutral mediator, you and your spouse then systematically address all issues by solving them together. Typically, the big questions fall into the categories of property division, child support, spousal maintenance, and parenting plan. The main difference between these processes is the level of support available to help keep you on track, make careful decisions, and implement those decisions.

Because the focus of both Collaborative Divorce and Mediation is to build agreements from the outset, you can focus on the real questions that need to be addressed and on the best solutions.

There’s another benefit. When you can preserve (or create) a working relationship with your children’s co-parent in your divorce, your children will do better. Children do much better when not exposed to parental acrimony. Mediation or Collaborative Divorce give you the opportunity to build a healthy future for yourself and your children.

Most family law attorneys are not mediators. Not all family law attorneys in Seattle has the training or experience to offer Collaborative Divorce as an option. If you’re interested in authoring the next chapter in your story instead of turning it over to a ghost-writer, consult a mediator or ask the divorce lawyers you’re interviewing whether they offer Collaborative Divorce and, if so, what their training and experience is. Then make your choice.