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Q.    What Is Collaborative Divorce?

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A.    Collaborative Practice is a new way for you to resolve disputes respectfully—without going to      court—while working with trained professionals who are important to all areas of your life.

The heart of Collaborative Practice is to offer you and your spouse or partner the support, protection, and guidance of your own lawyers without going to court. Additionally, Collaborative Practice allows you the benefit of child and financial specialists, divorce coaches and other professionals all working together on your team. In Collaborative Practice, core elements form your contractual commitments, which are to:


  1. Negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without having courts decide issues

  2. Maintain open communication and information sharing

  3. Create shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities of all

  4. Allow you to retain the important decisions about your life for yourself ... instead of turning over those decisions to the divorce lawyers and the court.

  5. Provide you with the assistance of divorce lawyers whose sole focus and effort is to help you reach resolution.

  6. Assist you in arriving at agreed solutions that are frequently unavailable through the court.

  7. Provide you with support from other professionals as may be appropriate, including neutral financial specialists, child specialists, and divorce coaches.

  8. Allow you to preserve your post-divorce relationships while working through difficult issues.

  9. Encourage you and your spouse to work jointly to find or create solutions to problems within a structure and with the support of a professional team to help you stay on track.

Q.    How long does it take to get divorced in Washington State?


A.    The state of Washington requires a 90 day cooling off period before your divorce can be finalized. So, after the Original Petition for Divorce is filed, you must wait 90 days before the divorce can be finalized.  This doesn't mean that the divorce must be completed on the 91st day. It simply means that you cannot get divorced before that. The divorce can be finalized any time after that, though if several months pass, the court will require either a continuance or preparations for a trial to begin.