Uniform Collaborative Law Act


Despite the potentially acrimonious and contentious nature of family law cases (such as divorce), the majority of these cases settle out of court. Collaborative Law (often referred to as Collaborative Divorce) is one way that the parties--typically spouses who are divorcing--now are settling their cases. Collaborative Law is a non-adversarial process by which the spouses—among other things--agree to the Read More

When Should You Mediate Your Divorce?

Although the divorce rate seems to always be increasing and “contested” child custody cases feel exceedingly common, the majority of family law cases are settled out of court.  Some cases settle on their own, but many cases go to mediation.  Mediation is a process during which spouses/parents work out their differences with the assistance of a neutral third-party person called a mediator.  Mediation is an exceedingly Read More

Special Challenges in Divorce for Parties Over 50

Divorce for people over 50 is on the rise. Sometimes called “gray divorce” or “silver divorce,” dissolution of marriage between two people over the age of 50 is not nearly as rare as it used to be. These types of divorces can present some special circumstances that aren’t usually at issue in a divorce of a younger couple. Spousal support (referred to as spousal maintenance, and not alimony, in Washington) is the Read More

Is Collaborative Law Right for My Case?

Collaborative law is a very useful tool to resolve many types of family law cases. The process is specifically designed to provide an atmosphere of cooperation to eliminate the typical atmosphere of “us versus them” that is common in family disputes. Although commonly associated with divorce, collaborative law can be used to help resolve many types of family law disputes. Child support, child custody/parenting plan Read More

What to Expect from the Collaborative Divorce Process

Collaborative divorce is designed to help the divorce process be smoother and less adversarial. Knowing what to expect from the process can help you decide whether your case is right for collaboration. First, you and your spouse must both agree to involve yourselves freely and honestly to the process. If both parties are not committed to working together to create a settlement, the process will not function as it is Read More

What is Collaborative Law?

Divorce can be a highly contentious and emotionally charged process. In traditional divorce proceedings, the parties go to court and let a judge divide assets, award alimony, and determine child custody. This is a process that pits the two parties against each other. However, collaborative law provides a method to let parties come to an agreement without the long, drawn out, and expensive process of a contested Read More