Collaborative law is a cooperative, voluntary conflict resolution process, especially useful for couples going through a separation or divorce. The collaborative team — which includes the couple, the attorneys, and sometimes other professionals on a case-by-case basis — share the belief that it is in the best interests of the couple and their families to commit to the collaborative process.
Everyone works together out of court to create deep and durable agreements. The goal of collaborative law is to minimize, if not eliminate, the negative financial, social, and emotional consequences of divorce to families. Choosing collaborative law requires a commitment to resolving differences justly, equitably, and cooperatively.
Let's allow the SPIRIT of the law to shine through
I enjoy being a witness and support for people who are making positive changes in their lives through normal life transitions — marriage, births, divorce, and deaths.
In many life transitions, people feel unsafe — emotionally, financially, physically, and spiritually. I support people in creating the safety they need to move forward. Once people feel safe, they begin to speak and listen to one another. I employ and teach conflict resolution skills in my practice. One place I begin is to treat people with kindness and respect.
I believe that we all have gifts to share and challenges to overcome. We human beings are vulnerable and need one another. "Work is love made visible," as Kahlil Gibran said. I believe that laughter is healing, and laughter can be helpful during difficult conversations.
Joined the Washington State Bar Association
Trained in Divorce and Parenting Mediation
Educated about Collaborative Divorce Law
Chaired King County Collaborative Law’s Family Law Practice Group
Co-founded Cascadia Collaborative Divorce Practice Group
I have helped many couples end their marriages and begin their post-divorce lives without going to court. At the beginning of a process like divorce, few people clearly understand the potential for huge financial and emotional costs. Prior to my focus on collaborative law, I saw families spend thousands of dollars only to have a judge impose orders that were completely unsatisfactory.
My experience in collaborative law shows me that there is a better way to finalize the divorce process under mutually beneficial terms. Collaboration can save money and time. Most importantly, couples walk away with agreements they and their families can live with.
Let's allow the SPIRIT of the law to shine through:
I support people in creating the safety they need to move forward. When people feel safe, they begin to speak freely. I welcome you to join me in creating this safe space.
I value peace and encourage honest communication of my clients' families needs, in which everyone participates, so that best-case scenarios may be reached.
I support and encourage honesty and vulnerability with and from my clients, always moving us toward wholeness in our interactions, reflecting both our shared and individual values.
I take seriously the feelings, wishes, boundaries, and traditions of my clients and their families.
I have grown to trust my instincts, and those of my clients, as we work together to resolve conflict and to begin the transition process that starts when a relationship ends.
I work closely with my clients and collaborative colleagues to develop best options and solutions for you and your post-divorce, post-loss family.
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