> New Divorce Law Signed, Advocates Say It Ultimately Helps Protect Kids

Posted on July 21, 2013



OLYMPIA, Wash. — Advocates celebrated what they call a new, more civil divorce option on the Capitol steps Friday after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the Uniform Collaborative Law Act. It allows couples to agree on terms of their divorce without going to court.

“This is a very big deal,” said Cynthia First of the Port Gardner Law Group. “I have been doing family law litigation 25 years and court is no place for families.”

Advocates stress there are no winners or losers in the process.

“Nobody’s going to sign anything unless they’re both in agreement for it,” said Kristin Little. She used a version of the process in her 2009 divorce before this new state law gave it more legal weight.

Through the process, Little and her ex-husband each had their own attorney.

Mental health professionals and a child specialist also worked with them to craft the terms of the divorce and the parenting plan.