My mission is to help my clients have the best possible divorce. As a Seattle divorce lawyer for over 29 years, an experienced mediator, and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® professional, I have helped clients address a wide range of issues with excellent outcomes. Washington Law and Politics magazine 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.
From my office in Lower Queen Anne, near downtown Seattle, I also assist clients with living together (cohabitation) agreements, prenuptial agreements, marital and family mediation (mediation that helps families get back on track), and mediating/facilitating matters that impact individuals and communities.
If you're getting divorced, the biggest gift you can give your children is to preserve or create an ongoing co-parenting relationship with your ex. If you can do that, your children will do better. It's worth the effort to work towards an agreement with your co-parent. Power struggles, such as court battles, tend to perpetuate conflict, and increase anger to which children are exposed, adversely affecting children. Increased drug use, promiscuity, anxiety, and lower grades being among the commonly seen problems when children are exposed to acrimony. Court battles and litigation-style adversarial negotiation tend to inflame power struggles, and make things worse for children—all at tremendous financial and emotional cost. It's rare for parents to be able to work well as co-parents following a court battle or litigation-style negotiation, and their children inevitably pay the highest price. If you choose Collaborative Divorce or Divorce 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.