Choosing your collaborative divorce lawyer is one of the most important
decisions that you will make during your case. When choosing any divorce
attorney, it is important to find someone who is able to understand your
long-term goals and who provides you with the necessary tools to reach
If you are interested in collaborative law practice or collaborative divorce,
we recommend choosing an attorney who has significant experience in both
traditional litigation and collaborative law. With knowledge of
traditional practice as well as
collaborative law, your collaborative attorney can help you decide which process is right
for you. Your collaborative divorce lawyer will play a critical role in
helping you to find a successful path through what can be a very confusing
divorce process. Divorce is a major life event and it's important
to select a collaborative divorce attorney with experience.
In addition to the attorney's experience, it's important that you
find a collaborative divorce lawyer whose personality you can easily work
with. When evaluating potential collaborative attorneys, bear in mind
that you will depend on your attorney to help you communicate, mediate,
and apply decisions within the collaborative divorce process. Finding
an attorney that you connect with and trust is an important consideration
in the collaborative law process.
In selecting a collaborative law lawyer, there are several other questions
you should also ask.
- Ask whether the collaborative lawyer has been fully trained in collaborative
law and if they are a member of local and international collaborative
law associations. These groups require their members to be fully trained
in collaborative law practice before joining.
- You should also ask if your collaborative attorney attends continuing legal
education courses on collaborative law. This is a new and rapidly developing
area of family law, so it's important to have a collaborative attorney
who has undergone full collaborative training and is up to date regarding
this evolving practice. Collaborative law practice is very different from
traditional litigation and it requires specialized training and knowledge
about the process itself, interest-based negotiations and mediation, and
other skills that are not typically used in traditional litigation.
McKinley Irvin’s experienced, skillful, and compassionate collaborative
law attorneys can help guide you through the collaborative law process.
Our attorneys practice collaborative law in all counties in Washington,
as well as traditional litigation. They are members in good standing of
the Collaborative Professionals of Washington.
Our collaborative attorneys will work with you to help you determine the
best option for you and your family, laying out all the pros and cons
so that you can make the most educated decision possible. Once you determine
which method you'd like to pursue, we will help you put the plan into
action. To schedule a consultation or to learn more, please
contact us today.