Collaborative Law

Collaborative divorce and family law provides families with an effective, respectful and private way to resolve legal conflicts.

Collaborative Law can be used in all family law cases  including divorce, legal separation, non-marital couple separation, custody issues, parentage actions, child support and many other issues which directly impact families and family structures.

Attorneys, clients and other neutral professionals work as a team, meeting  in a series of “four-way” or “five-way” meetings to address the needs of both clients and their children (if any). A participation agreement is signed by all parties stating they will work together to come to an agreement that meets both parties’ interests and needs.  The participation agreement also states that the parties will not threaten to go to court as a means of forcing an agreement . In the Collaborative Process relevant financial and personal information is shared openly  and voluntarily as opposed to the expensive information gathering procedures used in litigation.  All parties commit to work together in good faith to resolve all the issues in their case. The entire process is confidential, and controlled by the parties, not the court system.

The professionals are dedicated to helping clients arrive at solutions that meet both parties’ interests and needs.

Uniform Collaborative Law Act

Sara Wahl with Governor Inslee as he signs the Uniform Collaborative Law Act

To learn more about Collaborative Practice and read some testimonials please visit:

International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners

King County Bar Bulletin “Collaborative Law Act on the Books” by Sara K. Wahl