KCCL BrochureWhat is Collaborative Law?

The Collaborative Law Process is a way of helping people resolve disputes by working together respectfully to find their own interest-based, equitable resolutions.

An interest-based approach

Collaborative Divorce is creative and supportive approach that considers the needs and interests of both spouses in a marriage dissolution or legal separation.

For the children

The Collaborative Law Process helps parents create a two-home future for the family by supporting effective parent communication and focus on children’s needs and interests.

Is Collaborative Law Process different than Mediation?

Both Collaborative Law and Mediation are processes that encourage and support self-determined agreement.  The Collaborative Law Process differs from Mediation because the Collaborative approach starts with a written commitment to avoid court or threats of litigation.  The threat of going to court as an alternative to agreement is not used as a negotiation strategy in the Collaborative Process but is often used in a mediation process.

Using the Collaborative Law process, you will create, determine and choose your best settlement with the assistance of professionals who support your goal of a self-determined outcome.

There’s a better way for your family to move forward. Discover more about Collaborative Law for Divorce, Legal Separation or Parenting Plans.


All of the attorneys, child specialists, coaches, and financial professionals in our King County Collaborative Law directory have taken special, comprehensive training to continually master and build skills in this transformative form of divorce. As members of our organization, we all strive to offer better options to our clients.

Our core training focus is on facilitative, interest-based negotiation and communications skills training in order to benefit you and your post-divorce family and children.


Collaborative Law: What’s Involved in the Process?



You’ll develop your best path with the support and advocacy from the professionals you need so your entire transition is as smooth, clear and drama-free as possible.  Learn more in a consultation with a Collaborative Law attorney.



As you work in this process, you’ll consider the choices you and your spouse create. The agreements you make are your own.  The best solution for you and your post-divorce family will reduce future conflict and support each member to thrive.

resolution and support


We do not promise a conflict free divorce but the Collaborative approach will effectively and supportively  manage conflict. This non-adversarial process supports a long term resolution where each client moves forward with the support they want, need and deserve. Parents are supported to minimize the emotional impact of family changes on the children.


Trained and experienced Collaborative Lawyers and allied professionals. As a non-profit professional organization, we ensure that you get value from the services our members provide.