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Seattle Collaborative Divorce

The Law Offices of Jason S. Newcombe

There is a better way.

Divorce with Dignity

The decisions that you make now will ripple throughout your lifetime.
  • Stop the fighting.
  • Keep your family out of court.
  • Implement solutions that benefit the whole family.

What is a Collaborative Divorce?

In a collaborative divorce, couples make a conscious decision to keep their lives and their families out of the courts. They make a conscious decision to openly, honestly and respectfully do what is right for all of the parties involved.

Collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial dispute resolution process in which spouses, their attorneys and other professionals work together cooperatively to negotiate fair settlements without going to court. Collaborative divorce is about getting outside the box and creatively resolving problems and building bridges.

At Seattle Collaborative Divorce, we help people heal and move forward by providing a caring, respectful, and non-adversarial process that affords divorcing spouses the opportunity to avoid court while crafting a resolution that considers and benefits the entire family.

At Seattle Collaborative Divorce, we are fully vested in the Collaborative Divorce Process. After ten years in the divorce and family law trial trenches, I consider collaborative divorce nothing short of a miracle. It is not for everyone. But for those with whom it resonates, and for those who are willing to embrace it, the rewards and benefits will truly last a lifetime. No other mechanism for dealing with divorce and family law matters can match its ability to create win-win solutions that truly benefit the entire family.

Indeed, the Collaborative Divorce Process is an incredible tool for divorcing spouses, particularly if they have children. As a father of two girls, I cannot imagine my life daily life not revolving around them. Sadly, however, the traditional litigation model for divorce pits one parent against the other in a combative environment where the children are invariably the biggest losers.

The Collaborative Divorce Process is specifically designed and uniquely tailored to meet the goals and needs of everyone involved, especially the children. Again, no other divorcing mechanism comes close.


Choosing the path of Collaborative Divorce made a very sad and uncomfortable situation happen with partnership and dignity intact.  Ending our marriage was certainly not the way either of us had planned in the beginning, but became inevitable over time.  Working with the collaborative team specialists gave us information and counseling on ways to deal with the children’s emotions, trust each other again in order to co-parent best in the new situation, and greatly helped me set up a financial plan for my budget and future savings.  As I hear of other divorce experiences, I appreciate more the advantage the collaborative process has given us and our kids.

L. Taylor

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What makes a Collaborative Divorce so different?

The Collaborative Divorce Process is a unique way of addressing the challenges and difficulties normally associated with traditional divorce litigation.  The collaborative process is a non-adversarial course of action that is focused on solving problems and NOT fighting.  It is premised upon open and constructive communication and the active participation of both spouses.

Its ultimate goal is take your divorce outside of the traditional litigation box and give you and your spouse the tools to develop and implement solutions that create the maximum benefit for all of the parties involved.  The Collaborative Divorce Process is also specifically designed to address the best interests of your children.  It does this in many ways, but particularly through the utilization of a child specialist whose primary focus is on the well being of your kids.

One of the primary goals is to create and foster a safe and positive working environment so that the parties can make informed and educated decisions.

At Seattle Collaborative Divorce, we work hard to foster a safe and positive working environment for our divorce clients.  Our focus is specifically on the unique needs and the best interests of our clients and their families.  Equally importantly, you the client retain control of this process.  It proceeds at a pace that you and your spouse determine.

Additionally, while we are advocates for our clients, we also firmly believe that one our primary functions is to help educate our clients in order to allow them to make fully informed decisions.  As with the needs of your children, this happens in many ways.  But the primary way is through the use of trained professionals who are embracing the collaborative process with you.  One of their primary functions is to help you focus on building a bridge to a new life once the final orders are entered.

Both parties must buy into the process from the onset.

In order to participate in a collaborative divorce, both parties must consent and sign a binding agreement.  This agreement requires that all parties agree that they will not resort to traditional divorce litigation.  If either party breaks this agreement, the entire process is halted, as any contested court procedure terminates the Collaborative Divorce Process. 

Furthermore, if the Collaborative Divorce Process is terminated, then all of the professionals associated with your case are specifically barred from participating in any part of the contested divorce process.

The Collaborative Divorce Revolution

Collaborative divorce is a remarkable new way of divorcing people that is sweeping the country. In many ways, it is truly revolutionary. It is literally changing the very nature of the process by which spouses separate and divorce.

No more psychological warfare. No more financial posturing. No more unfounded accusations. No more caring only about what is best for the individual.

As alluded to above, in a collaborative divorce, spouses make a conscious decision at the onset of their case to keep control of their own lives. They choose not to fight or to let a person who really knows nothing about either of them or what is best for their family make the most important decisions in their lives.

By choosing to keep their lives and their families out of court, they are choosing cooperatively and fairly work towards a settlement that accounts for the needs and interests of the entire family. They make a very conscious decision to try and do what is right for everyone.

The collaborative divorce is designed to facilitate win-win resolutions. The process is designed to provide the benefits of attorney assistance while avoiding the negative environment of litigation, and its often devastating consequences. Its focus is on constructive problem solving rather than adversarial bargaining and court imposed solutions.

At Seattle Collaborative Divorce, our primary goals are to creatively maximize settlement options for the spouses and their children, and to minimize or eliminate the negative economic, social and emotional consequences of litigation.


(206) 624-3644

(425) 455-2040

(253) 852-1661

The Law Offices of Jason S. Newcombe provides legal advice and representation for people seeking a collaborative divorce or desiring to utilize the collaborative process in their family law case.  We provide legal counsel for residents of communities throughout the Seattle, Washington, great metropolitan region, including nearly all of the communities in the Puget Sound area of Western Washington, including but limited to Bellevue, Everett, Tacoma, Lynnwood, Shoreline, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Bothell, Redmond, Des Moines, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Issaquah, North Bend, Marysville, Arlington, Fife, Burien, Renton, Seatac, Tukwila, Kent, Des Moines, Auburn, Federal Way.