Collaborative Law is another option for the resolution of a dissolution matter in the State of Washington. Under the Collaborative Law approach, the attorneys representing each client are specially trained in the collaborative model which emphasizes a mediation approach rather than an approach that goes through the court system. The primary difference between the Collaborative model and traditional litigation is the Collaborative model strives to resolve the issues facing families in transition by allowing the parties to work together as a team in forging an outcome that they agree upon and control, rather than going to court, being in conflict with one another, and allowing a third party (a judge) to make the decisions regarding the party’s children and property.
Under the collaborative model, openness, honesty, respect, and communication are paramount, in the hopes that once the case is resolved, the parties will continue to have open communication as they continue to move forward in their lives.
Your lawyer can discuss which option may be right for you and your matter.