Peacemaking Legal Services for Families in Transition: Collaborative Law and Mediation
My intention as a family lawyer is to enable clients to move wisely and with confidence through their family transitions -- whether marriage, adoption, separation or divorce. For my divorce clients, my primary goal is to facilitate cooperative, creative and cost-effective problem-solving.
I recognize that for divorcing clients especially, grief and stress can be compounded by the legal process. I also know that the stereotypical slugfest of divorce makes clients afraid of what may happen as they take first steps into the unknown. My job is to help make the divorce experience much less devastating. I want to help clients avoid the agony of adversarial divorce, find their way to peaceful resolution, and preserve as much as possible of what they cherish.
To meet these objectives, I offer Collaborative Law and facilitative mediation services, as well as legal counsel in support of clients working with other mediators. I believe these approaches are vastly preferable to litigation as routes to emotionally and financially healthy futures. With nearly a decade of working with clients in these ways, my belief in the promise of non-adversarial problem solving has deepened, and it motivates me to do the work I do. With a new office in Port Townsend, I am excited to now offer peacemaking services on both sides of Puget Sound. Contact me in
Seattle or Port Townsend.