Seattle Collaborative Law Center
To model, provide and teach a peacemaking approach to conflict resolution that promotes the values,
needs, and interests of the parties, their families, and the professionals with whom they work.
Welcome to the Seattle Collaborative Law Center
The Seattle Collaborative Law Center, PLLC is the realization of a dream that started in 2008 when I took my introductory Collaborative Training and experienced a personal and professional sense of “Coming Home”.
Since my introductory training I have thrown myself into exploring and understanding Collaborative Practice, and leadership within the Collaborative Community, at deeper and deeper levels, having the good fortune to travel this path in a Collaborative Community replete with Collaborative pioneers and innovators generous with their time and support.
My path has taken me from writing blogs and articles, to taking leadership roles in the Collaborative Community here in Washington State and most recently as a Board Member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Collaborative Community’s organizing body.
From the start of my Collaborative work it has been clear to me that a legal process that incorporates the tenets of good faith, respect, informed consent, and full disclosure is a more humanistic approach to conflict resolution, an antidote to the emotional, psychological and financial damage that often accompanies the alternative dispute resolution model that litigation is becoming.
The vast majority of people do not want to go to war. They want safety, to be heard, financial sufficiency, their children to be given the best chance of being healthy human beings, and a result that reflects their idea of what is fair and just rather than to have one imposed on them through the coercion of a settlement conference or a decision from a third party who cannot possibly know them, their children, or their underlying needs and interests.
The Seattle Collaborative Law Center is committed to providing a place for consumers and professionals to come to be educated and to receive quality, compassionate professional services.
– Kevin R. Scudder, Principal
Kevin and his assistant Maggie provided excellent assistance in preparing a Will, Durable Power of Attorney, and Health Care Directive. We could not have hoped for a more cordial and professional experience. We highly recommend their services.
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An Introduction to Collaborative Divorce
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Why Do People Choose The Collaborative Process For Their Divorce?
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WHAT TO DO AS A FINANCIAL NEUTRAL IN A COLLABORATIVE LAW CASE
Financial neutrals play an essential role in the collaborative divorce process. This article will first briefly describe the process itself and then detail the specific role of the financial neutral. THE COLLABORATIVE PROCESS Collaborative practice is…
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This American Life: Collaborative Practice
This American Life: Collaborative Practice This is an episode of This American Life based around Break-Ups and Divorce. If you’d like to listen solely to the piece on collaborative divorce, skip to 45:10. Otherwise, the transcript is below…
Trusting In The Collaborative Process
Trusting In The Collaborative Process Those who choose the Collaborative Process for their divorce or legal separation come in all shapes and sizes, from different economic circumstances, from different cultures and nationalities, and with different life…
Other Peoples’ Divorces
Other Peoples’ Divorces Do you ever read about other people’s divorces? As a lawyer I do all the time. Ordinarily, however, I am reading what they refer to as the “advance sheets”, little books that include…
Agreements In The Collaborative Process
Agreements In The Collaborative Process Most family law cases result in a settlement short of going to trial. If you are just starting a divorce action you are best served by giving thought to your settlement…