If you don’t know where to start, a good first step is asking your spouse to review the information on this website. The next step to learn more would be a no obligation consultation with a Collaborative attorney or other Collaborative professional. If you have retained your own Collaborative Attorney he, she or they can also answer questions each of you have about the process. Click here for a helpful FAQ from King County Collaborative Law.
FIVE YEARS ago, Kristin Little did everything in her power to stop her divorce.
“I had a new baby and I was terrified,” she says. “I loved our life. The whole time I was thinking, ‘How can I keep this from happening?’ ”
She cried. Argued. Dragged her feet and lamented the unfairness of it all, even as she sat in a room with her husband and two attorneys, crafting a divorce agreement. Read More
By Heidi Webb
Sometimes, when cross-country skiing, you have to step off the well-maintained trail and rest for a moment, breathe differently, and open your eyes more widely, to see an unexpected horizon of extraordinary beauty in the distance, a place that you had only dreamed of discovering. A pristine destination glowing with possibility. I have had that experience, and not just on the ski mountain. Read more
By Kristen M. Blankley
Despite the growing practice over the last three decades, mystery and misconception still swirl around the collaborative law (CL) practice. At its core, CL is a negotiation-only practice that allows the parties and their lawyers to put all of their attention into resolving a dispute collaboratively, openly, and without resort to legal processes – such as court pleadings and formal discovery. To accomplish this goal, CL utilizes a disqualification agreement under which the “parties agree in advance that their lawyers are disqualified from further representing parties by appearing before a tribunal if the collaborative law process ends without complete agreement.” Read more