Collaborative Approach to Family Matters

In the collaborative law approach to divorce and family law matters, you, your spouse and both lawyers agree to focus on working as a team to resolve your disputes with the intention of never going to court. Collaborative law stresses cooperation and reducing and resolving conflict, while giving both you and your spouse greater control over the outcome of your case. You and your spouse work with your lawyers, and other professionals as needed, to reach lasting agreements that result in the best outcome for your particular family situation. Resolution through collaborative law is usually less expensive and quicker than with traditional representation, and you maintain control over the outcome of your case instead of allowing a judge decide what is best for you and your family.

We recommend the following books to help guide you when deciding how to proceed with your divorce:

  • The Collaborative Way to Divorce: The Revolutionary Method that Results in Less Stress, Lower Costs, and Happier Kids – Without Going To Court, by Stuart Webb and Ronald Ousky (2007)
  • Collaborative Divorce: The Revolutionary New Way to Restructure Your Family, Resolve Legal Issues, and Move on with Your Life, by Pauline H. Tesler and Peggy Thompson (2006)

For those who are willing to have an open dialogue and reach settlements in a civil, impartial manner, this is a cost-effective and faster alternative for you and your spouse.

As your Gig Harbor family law attorney, we will:

  • Act as your neutral facilitators to work through your issues to resolve conflicts
  • Rely on our experience and methods to assist you with any and all legal issues