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FAQs & Resources For Family Law Clients in the Seattle Area

Virginia A. Leen Law & Mediation Offices is a legal practice devoted to helping Seattle families amicably work through divorce and other family law matters. Here, we provide answers to a couple of questions most people have when considering divorce, and we provide links to several informative online resources, which can help you learn more about methods of alternative dispute resolution and collaborative law.

If you would like to discuss how you and your family may benefit from our services, please contact our offices. Sometimes basic concerns may be addressed during a complimentary phone conversation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the divorce process take?

Washington law requires a 90 day “cooling off” period between the time you file your dissolution of marriage petition and the time the divorce is finalized by the court. During this time, you can proceed to work out the details of your divorce agreement and even prepare and sign a Final Decree of Dissolution.

Apart from the mandatory waiting period, the length of the divorce process significantly depends on the number of issues you need to resolve with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, such as custody, parenting plans, and support, and whether you see eye-to-eye on these issues. If you can rationally and calmly work out a settlement agreement, perhaps through mediation or collaborative practice, your divorce will be final much faster than a contentious, complex divorce requiring litigation.

Do I still need an attorney if neither my spouse nor I contest the dissolution of our marriage?

For couples who mutually agree to end their marriage or partnership, the road ahead will likely be much smoother than for parties who are angry and fighting. However, even when you are able to work together, it is important for each of you to retain independent legal counsel to ensure that each of your intentions are clearly communicated in you dissolution agreement. An oversight or mistake could greatly affect your rights and interests in your children and your property, creating conflict where none existed before. With experienced legal counsel, you can be confident that you are moving forward with all formalities handled appropriately.

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Family Law Resources

  • FasTrack Divorce, LLC – FasTrack Divorce™ provides “an expedited and final divorce process with a standardized fee structure” for Washington couples who seek to streamline their divorce.
  • Eastside Collaborative Family Law – Eastside Collaborative Family Law is a professional association comprised of members of King County Collaborative Law and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) – The IACP is an international community of legal, mental health, and financial professionals working together to develop processes for resolving client conflict.
  • King County Collaborative Law (KCCL) – KCCL is a non-profit association of independent collaborative practitioners working to advance and encourage collaborative practice.
  • King County Bar Association (KCBA) – For King County residents, the KCBA website provides a lawyer referral service, community resource links, and relevant publications.
  • Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) – The WSBA provides a wealth of information for Washington residents and attorneys with the goal of promoting ethical behaviors and increasing confidence in the legal system.

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