collaborative divorce teams can help settle a divorce out of court

Can Divorce Be Settled Out Of Court?

It may surprise people to learn that most divorces are actually settled out of court. Only when the parties are not able to reach an agreement does the case move on to a trial. My general estimate has been that maybe 2-3% of divorce cases actually go to trial. There are a number of methods for se...
divorce mediation without attorneys - Seattle Divorce Services

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....
Seattle Divorce Services - Who are our Clients

Who Are Seattle Divorce Services Clients?

We work with a wide variety of clients; but many who find that we are a good fit for them are involved in a complex divorce with a significant amount of conflict, and want to find ways to reduce that conflict....

Sophisticated Solutions to Complex Divorce

What does it mean when we say "our divorce attorneys believe in taking a more sophisticated approach to resolving complex cases"? Many divorce cases are complex. That does not necessarily mean the cases involve great wealth or unusual issues. It does mean there there may be issues of parenting, c...

What is Cooperative Divorce?

Along with Collaboration and Mediation, you may sometimes hear the term "Cooperative Divorce". Cooperative Divorce is not a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution like Collaboration and Mediation, but is rather a way of approaching a traditional litigated divorce. There are no special rules or pr...

Early Mediation: How it Works

When seemingly irreconcilable differences arise in a marriage, sometimes the only option that seems possible is the choice with the most finality - litigating the issues through the courts. However, early mediation can produce agreements over division of property and liabilities, support, and parent...

The Mediation Option – by Theresa Lorella

By Theresa Lorella Attorney at Seattle Divorce Services In the previous posts in this series, we have explored methods to move a litigation case into a more cooperative setting or to begin a litigation filing with the express intent of remaining cooperative. For those who are firmly committed to a...

A Different Kind of Family Law Firm

Yesterday I had another unsolicited resume sent in by an attorney who was interested in Seattle Divorce Services specifically because he really liked the way we resolve family law issues.  In fact, several of our recent hires have been attorneys who wanted to leave their firms and join us primarily...

Collaboration – A Decision Making Model

A good friend recently pointed out to me that Collaboration may best be described as a Decision Making Model.  A divorcing couple has many decisions to make.  These include decisions about property division, support, and if there are children, how to parent in separate households.  In our state, how...
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