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A Seattle Divorce Attorney and Mediator Who Helps

Skilled Guidance to Reach Divorce Agreements

I help people who want to reach amicable agreements in their divorce or separation … so they can move forward in their lives. I work with clients who want to approach their divorce constructively by addressing the questions that divorce presents, and to work with dignity and integrity—even when faced with challenging circumstances. I help those clients reach thoughtfully created agreements that address their priorities. I use approaches that maintain privacy, preserve the ability to co-parent in the future, accord respect towards all, and ensure all have the information needed for sound decisions. I'm a Seattle divorce attorney and mediator with over 29 years of experience, skilled with financial and parenting matters, and dedicated to help my clients and their families do better by staying out of court.

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Choose a More Respectful and Cost-Effective Divorce

Many find the Collaborative Law process or Mediation to be effective to help them reach amicable divorce settlements while preserving privacy and dignity—and without the dynamics of an adversarial court process. In either process, you have professional guidance from the very start to help you reach an agreement that satisfactorily addresses all concerns, including property division, child support, spousal maintenance, and parenting. You get the skilled support and financial, legal, and parenting information you need to make the best possible decisions based on your own unique priorities and circumstances. Both the Collaborative Law process and Mediation are designed to allow you to make thoughtful and reality-based agreements to create the best possible post-divorce future, customized for your situation. Each of these processes has unique traits, so you and your spouse can choose the one which will best lead to your success.

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29 Years of Experience as a Seattle Divorce Lawyer

My mission is to help my clients have the best possible divorce. As a divorce lawyer with over 29 years of experience, an experienced mediator, and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® professional, I have helped my clients address a wide range of issues with excellent outcomes. Washington Law and Politics magazine has rated me among the "25 best" family law attorneys statewide. I am the 2005 recipient of the "Attorney of the Year" award from the Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section, a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, have been selected annually since 2007 for the "Super Lawyers" list by Washington Law and Politics magazine, and am rated "AV" (preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell based on peer reviews.

I also assist clients in other family law matters, including living together (cohabitation) agreements, prenuptial agreements, marital and family mediation (mediation that helps families address issues and get back on track), and mediating or facilitating matters that affect individuals and communities.

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Collaborative Law and Mediation Can Be Better for Your Children

If you can preserve (or create) a working relationship with your co-parent, your children will do better. Children don't do well when their parents fight or display anger or contempt towards each other. Court battles tend to increase anger and perpetuate power struggles, and adversely affect children compared to reaching an agreement. Court battles are also very expensive—both financially and emotionally. It's rare for parents to be able to work well as co-parents following a court battle, and their children inevitably pay the highest price. If you choose Collaborative Law or Mediation, you have the opportunity to lay the foundation for a healthier future for your children by working constructively towards divorce agreements that create two healthy co-parenting households and take into account what is important to all.

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