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Washington State Court Forms

Mediation Information is an organization that provides members and the public with information about the dispute resolution field and mediation professionals. Debra Synovec, a mediator and collaborative law attorney in Seattle, Washington, and Nancy Hudgins, a mediator and lawyer in San Francisco Bay Area, provide tips and information about divorce mediation.

Academy of Professional Family Mediators is an organization dedicated to professional family mediation best practices, and promoting excellence and competence among family mediators to better serve clients.

Washington Organizations

Washington State Bar Association serves the public and members of the Bar, ensures the integrity of the legal profession, and champions justice.

Washington Mediation Association is a nonprofit organization of mediators and people interested in promoting mediation as a dispute resolution process in Washington State.

King County Collaborative Law is a volunteer, nonprofit association of attorneys and allied professionals that supports the practice of resolving disputes using the collaborative law process.

Collaborative Professionals of Washington is dedicated to the promotion of high standards in the practice of collaborative law. Focusing primarily in the area of family law, Collaborative Professionals of Washington are seeking to change the adversarial approach to divorce.

Compass Collaborative is a practice group of collaborative law professionals that came together to help divorcing couples resolve disputes using an open, transparent, and cooperative approach. The group includes attorneys and other professionals serving the Seattle area and the Eastside.

National Organizations

Association for Conflict Resolution is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals is an international community of legal, mental health, and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict.

American Bar Association of Dispute Resolution provides its members and the public with creative leadership in the dispute resolution field.

National Council on Family Relations provides an educational forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships; establishes professional standards; and works to promote family well-being.

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts is an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict.

North American Institute for Conflict Resolution is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to enlarging the capacity for compassionate presence in those engaged in conflict and the management and transformation of it in their work, their homes, and their communities.


“Mom’s House, Dad’s House: Making Two Homes for Your Child”
The complete guide for parents who are separated, divorced, or remarried, by Isolina Ricci, Ph.D.

“The Co-Parents’ Handbook: Raising Well-Adjusted, Resilient, and Resourceful Kids in a Two-Home Family from Little Ones to Young Adults”
The Co-Parents’ Handbook is an extremely valuable resource for parents and families in transition. This informative and practical manual will help people navigate changes in family structure so they can be the parents their children deserve, by Karen Bonnell

“Difficult Conversations”
A practical guide to understanding how to discuss what matters most in order to have constructive conversations, by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen

“Getting Divorced Without Ruining Your Life”
A practical guide to the legal, emotional, and financial ins and outs of negotiating a divorce settlement, by Sam Margulies, Ph.D., JD

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