The public is beginning to realize that there are many ways to divorce, establish support and custody and modify their original orders. I strive to offer modern and nuanced options suited to prospective clients particular goals and budgets. Here are the process options and services that I offer.
Collaborative Law is quickly gaining momentum as a healthy way to divorce or establish custody and preserve relationship. Both parties hire attorneys and agree to not go to court, thereby avoiding the arbitrary and uncertain outcomes of Court litigation and they achieve settlements that best meet the specific needs of their family. Collaborative law employs non-adversarial and multidisciplinary approach to conflict resolution to create peaceful, win-win situations for couples and their children, for a reduced cost compared to the litigated case. Read More >>
Mediation is more widely used and often court required process in which two parties work with one neutral professional, a mediator, to resolve their conflict. Mediation is a cost-effective negotiation process. Read More >>
This is the traditional court process where a case is filed and parties go through various discovery and negotiation processes, with the ultimate decision maker being a judge or arbitrator if the parties cannot settle. Nine times out of ten, parties settle their cases. Read More >>
This is a blend of traditional litigation and collaborative. In this type of process, a case can be pending while parties agree to work cooperatively to reach a settlement and there is no restriction on the parties or their lawyers proceeding to court.
Limited Scope Services
You decide how much work you want your attorney to do and you do the rest! Whether you are looking for a one time consultation, a second opinion, assistance in drafting documents, a letter written on your behalf, legal research, attorney review of mediated agreement, attorney support through a mediation process, pro se coaching or other unbundled service, there is no task too small.
Attorney Assisted Negotiation
Local courts are requiring that parties complete one of many forms of alternative dispute resolution in cases involving only spousal support and property cases. We offer an attorney assisted negotiation by phone or in person in those cases. This service is billed by the tenth of an hour.
Premarital, Cohabitation and Postnuptial Agreements
Any couple who brings personal or business assets to the marriage can benefit from a prenuptial agreement. Prenuptial agreements are good because they preserve the expectations of the parties and prevent surprises in a divorce. The agreements can also make specific provisions for future income, property, inheritances and debt. You can basically do anything you want in a prenup, except you can’t limit child support, and you can’t limit child custody and visitation. In Washington State, prenups are also referred to as property status agreements. Cohabitation and postnuptial agreements are also a great idea and are enforceable although are not covered in state statutes.
To speak to a Patty about any of these services or if you need help in any area of family law, we invite you to call our office at (503) 488-5696 to schedule a private consultation.