Would you prefer making your own life choices instead of being told what to do by a judge? Are you willing to do the work to reach agreements with your spouse instead of fighting? I help people who want to reach amicable agreements in their divorce or separation. I work with clients who want to approach their divorce constructively, by working towards negotiated resolutions with integrity and dignity. I use approaches that help preserve the ability to co-parent in the future, ensure all have the information needed to make wise financial decisions, and prevent escalating conflict. I’m a Seattle divorce attorney, mediator, and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® with over 29 years experience, skilled in guiding clients with complex financial and parenting matters, and dedicated to helping clients and their families have better futures by staying out of court.
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Many find Mediation or the Collaborative Divorce process to be a good choice to reach a negotiated divorce settlement—without engaging in the dynamics of an adversarial court process. In either Mediation or Collaborative Divorce, you have professional guidance from the very start to help you reach an agreement that satisfactorily addresses 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 unique circumstances and priorities. Both the Collaborative Divorce process and Divorce Mediation are respectful processes, designed to allow you to make thoughtful and reality-based agreements to create the best possible post-divorce future. Each of these processes has unique benefits, so you and your spouse can choose the one which will best lead to your success.
My mission is to help my clients have the best possible divorce. For nearly 30 years, 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 and I am recognized in Best Lawyers in America. 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, rated “AV” (preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell peer reviews, and have been selected annually since 2007 for the “Super Lawyers” list by Washington Law and Politics magazine.
From my office in Lower Queen Anne near downtown Seattle, I assist clients with divorce, separation, 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.
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If you’re getting divorced, the best gift you can give your children is to create an ongoing healthy co-parenting relationship with your ex-spouse. If you can do that, your children will almost certainly do better. It’s worth the effort to do the work necessary to reach an agreement with your co-parent. Power struggles, such as court battles, tend to perpetuate conflict, expose children to hurt and anger, and adversely affect everyone. Studies show that children who are exposed to acrimony are at increased risk of drug use, promiscuity, anxiety, and lower grades. Court battles and litigation-style adversarial negotiation tend to inflame power struggles, and make things worse for children (not to mention the tremendous financial and emotional cost for the adults). It’s rare for parents to be able to work well as co-parents following a court battle or litigation-style negotiation, and the children then inevitably pay a high price. Collaborative Divorce and Divorce Mediation can provide an excellent opportunity to lay the foundation for good post-divorce co-parenting and a better, healthier, future for your children.