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What Happens In Settlement Conference Mediation?

For many years now, King County Superior Court has required that parties engage in some kind of dispute resolution process prior to proceeding to trial. The most common kind of dispute resolution process used is a form of mediation called a settlement conference The object of this type of mediatio...
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Can I Divorce During COVID-19 Lockdown?

Many people are going to be wondering what their options are if their marriages are deteriorating under the stress of these difficult times. We have been warned to expect a spike in couples seeking to divorce due to the pressures brought on by COVID-19. But is divorcing even possible during a cor...
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What Happens In Early Mediation?

Different mediators structure their mediations differently, but as a general rule Early Mediation will be broken up into shorter sessions over a period of weeks or months....
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How To Talk To Your Spouse About Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce is a voluntary process, which means that both parties need to agree to use the process. More than that, both parties need to believe this is the best way to move forward. If one is only paying lip service, participating only because it is what the other spouse wants, they do n...
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Future Divorce

While there will always be a need for litigation in some high conflict divorces, more and more people are recognizing that non-litigation approaches to resolving divorce issues can provide more customized solutions at a lower emotional cost. In my experience, the thing clients dread most about a...
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Seattle Divorce Services Contributes To New Collaborative Book

We are pleased to announce that our founding attorney Michael Fancher is a contributing author to a recently published American Bar Association book for Collaborative professionals titled "Building a Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice"....
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Divorce Mediation Without Attorneys?

The practice in our office when we are providing mediation services is to ask both parties to have their own individual attorneys they can access to answer their legal questions throughout the mediation process, and to prepare the legal documents once a settlement has been reached....
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Non-Litigation Approaches to Divorce

More and more often, people are asking about ways to get divorced without litigating (going to court). There are several reasons why they are interested in such non-litigation approaches as Early Mediation and Collaborative Divorce:...
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Compassionate Litigation

Can compassionate litigation be possible? While I talk a great deal about Collaborative Divorce because it is my preferred dispute resolution method, our office also does a large amount of divorce litigation (court based). However, all divorce litigation is not the same. I like to think of collab...