Olympia Lawyers Assisting Washington Residents with The Collaborative Divorce Process

Husband and wife are signing divorce contract agreementFew things are as difficult as going through a divorce. There are times, however, when spouses may be able to work together, in good faith, to resolve their differences. When two spouses have not yet reached an agreement as to how to go their separate ways, but they wish to do so in an amicable manner, then they may choose to go through Washington’s “collaborative divorce.” process. This process can allow a couple to save a great deal of time, money, aggravation, and heartache. Retaining an attorney who is experienced in this area of law can assist you with ensuring that the matter is handled properly and that your interests remain protected. Our Olympia lawyers are able to assist those who wish to resolve their case without formal litigation. We pride ourselves on providing a high level of service. Call today to schedule an initial consultation. We also serve those in Tacoma as well as other areas.

Attorneys assisting Olympia and Tacoma citizens with a collaborative divorce

There are times when spouses have agreed on all possible issues before beginning the divorce process. For such individuals, the uncontested divorce process is appropriate. There are times, however, when spouses are not already in agreement but wish to conclude their affairs in a civil manner. Such spouses may wish to go through what Washington terms a collaborative divorce. This process allows for the spouses to each retain their own attorneys and, with the help of other professionals, to work together to reach an agreed settlement arrangement. This process can assist the spouses in moving on with their lives sooner, rather than later. If the spouses are unable to reach an agreement, then they will move on to the contested divorce process.

The first step in a collaborative divorce is for each spouse to retain their own attorney. The parties will then sign an agreement stating that they will participate in the collaborative process. As opposed to taking an adversarial stance, each side enters the process with the goal of “working together” to find an amicable solution. Other professionals, such as “divorce coaches,” or financial planners, may also be retained to help with the crafting of a solution. Once an agreement is reached on all issues (including property division, child custody, etc.), the necessary documents will be filed with the Court and the case will be completed. If an agreement is not reached, then the collaborative process will be terminated. When the collaborative process terminates, each side must hire new attorneys to represent them in the contested divorce. Experienced counsel can help you to decide if this process is right for you.

Our Olympia attorneys are able to assist with the collaborative divorce process. At your initial consultation, we will gain information to help you understand whether this solution is a good fit for you. Such information can include the sources of tension between you and your spouse, the history of your marriage, and more. If moving forward with the collaborative process is a good option, then we will assist you with doing so. We understand that this is a serious time in your life. Our lawyers are ready to assist you.

Our firm also serves the Thurston County cities of Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm, the Pierce County cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, and Lakewood, the Lewis County cities of Centralia, Chehalis, the King County cities of Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, and Federal Way, as well as other areas in Washington, including Grays Harbor, Mason, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties.

Olympia lawyers taking a proactive approach during Washington’s collaborative divorce process

Washington’s collaborative divorce process provides an opportunity to help you move on with your life sooner, rather than later, while going through a stressful ordeal. By being proactive as to the handling of your case, our lawyers will move your case through the system as quickly as possible. We will stay in regular communication with you while doing so. This includes promptly responding to your emails, phone calls, and ensuring that your questions are timely answered. Our attorneys are honored to serve those in the Olympia area and we take our obligations seriously. Contact us today.