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Your Divorce is in Your Hands

Westside Collaborative Law PLLC is here for you. We listen. You only pay for what you need. We build relationships. We focus on you. Together, we reach agreements that work, now and in the future.

Divorce lawyers can be like mechanics. Some mechanics get a lot of money up front billing you for things you didn’t expect. They don’t develop a relationship with you. They don’t solve your problems. They collect as much as they can right away, and then move on because they don’t expect to see you again.

A lot of lawyers are the same. They charge new clients a $12,000 retainer. Then they bill $4,000 to $6,000 for litigation prep each month until your divorce finally ends. You will have almost no control over the process. Most divorces settle anyway, but the conflict from litigation can make it harder to cooperate effectively after an agreement is reached.

Westside Collaborative Law PLLC will only charge you for help you need. We focus on you and what you need. We are here for you now and later, when your parenting plan needs an update or your ex partner is moving to another state. We are someone you can call for help anytime.

What if we are still angry and upset? How do we work together?

The collaborative approach is not just for amicable couples. It is a highly effective method for reducing conflict. In a traditional divorce, both of you will be rewarded for being less cooperative and less willing to work together.

Collaborative divorce switches the incentives to reward cooperation. Both of you, whatever your personal feelings, will save money and stress if you can work together. A collaborative approach is not right for every client. You need to be genuinely interested in finding solutions that work. You must be ready to move on. And you must be committed to working through the process. When you’re ready, however, we will be there to support you.

Collaborative divorce and mediation are faster, cheaper, and much less stressful.

We believe in building relationships with our clients that are supportive, proactive and keep them out of court. Divorce is hard. We give you the tools to take control. You will be co-parents forever. Your children will change and grow. You will meet new people to date or even marry. You will discover new opportunities. You may need help through these stages. We can be there for you.

 In a collaborative divorce, the parties agree to:

  • Negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without having courts decide issues.

  • Maintain open communication and information sharing.

  • Create shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities of all.

  • Continue to work together to resolve differences through the years, always staying out of court.

No one approach is right for everyone. Many couples find the no-court process known as Collaborative Divorce a welcome alternative to the often destructive, uncomfortable aspects of conventional divorce, however.

Mediation is a voluntary process that aims to reduce or resolve conflict.

Mediation is a voluntary process that brings people who have a disagreement together with one or more impartial mediators. Mediators impartially facilitate the communication between the disputing parties with a goal to resolve the conflict. In Washington, mediators operate under the Uniform Mediation Act in Chapter 7.07 RCW.

This is not the same as arbitration (where the disputing parties submit the problem to a third party who makes the decision, and both parties have to abide by it) or litigation (bringing a lawsuit against someone). In both of those processes, one side “wins” and the other side “loses.” The goal of mediation is to help the disputing parties come to an agreement that satisfies everyone.

Partners

Westside Collaborative Law is a member of the following organizations. Each group has training and ethical standards for members. These standards will protect you and your partner or spouse. Visit our partner groups to learn more about how collaborative mediation and collaborative divorce can help you get your life back. 

Collaborative Professionals of Washington - www.collaborativeprofessionalsofwashington.org/

King County Collaborative Law - www.kingcountycollab.org

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals - www.collaborativepractice.com

West Seattle Collaborative Law - www.collaborativepractice.com - FLPG

King County Bar Association Collaborative Law - www.kcba.org/

Pierce County Center for Dialog & Resolution - www.centerforresolution.org