“She knows the law, she is patient, and she is empathic in her appreciation of the difficulties the parties have in getting through the divorce process with the least amount of damage – both emotional and financial.”

I became an attorney to help people find their voices in difficult and emotional circumstances. Expressing yourself can be challenging in any situation, but especially so when your whole life is about to change. That is why I always put my client’s need to be heard first, whether I’m helping an individual navigate a contentious divorce, a stepparent adopt a beloved child, or a spouse express themself in a collaborative case.

First and foremost, this entails listening. Many of my clients are relieved to finally have someone listen to their perspective, their fears and concerns, and their hopes for their future. While the emotional background of a case may not matter to the court, it helps me better understand where you are coming from so that I can help you achieve a mutually agreeable and enduring resolution.

In divorce cases, my goal is to help my client minimize conflict, anxiety, and discord while advocating for their needs. I enjoy — and am dedicated to — working together to reach a lasting agreement between the parties.

My practice focuses on families and includes the following types of representation and assistance:

Collaboration: Some couples explicitly want to work together to reach mutual agreement, despite their differences. Those clients work with their spouse and a professional support team to design their own best solutions. In a collaborative case, I act as your advocate in this facilitated setting, helping you achieve an outcome that you and your spouse have agreed upon.

Representation: Some cases require the assistance of the court. In these situations, my goal is still to reduce conflict between the parties (and the attorneys) and ideally to find paths to resolution through one of the many mediation or other dispute resolution tools.

Mediation: As a neutral mediator, I facilitate the settlement discussion between the spouses, helping them explore their options and move past any barriers to resolution. I can act as a mediator in both a facilitative capacity, helping you and your spouse work through issues together, or in a settlement conference capacity, where the spouses and their attorneys are seeking help from a neutral third party. However, a mediator cannot also be your attorney, so I recommend that you both still have attorneys for legal advice and document preparation.

Adoption and Surrogacy: I also offer services for people hoping to grow their families through adoption or assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy.

You can contact Theresa directly at theresa@seattledivorceservices.com.

Theresa Lorella attended Seattle University for both her undergraduate and law school educations. Since becoming licensed in 2005, Theresa has focused primarily on family law. When she’s not practicing law, Theresa is running, writing novels, and chasing after her two young children — in no particular order.