Collaborative Attorney & Mediator

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Collaborative Law

Collaborative law is an interest-based approach. Clients identify what is important now and in the future Read more


Mediation is confidential.  Studies show that parties who reach agreement through mediation Read more


My practice offers several distinct services to clients:

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My Philosophy

Family issues, including divorce, seldom come with an easy fix. Some approaches to family issues can be easier on clients, and their children, than others.

My practice embraces an interest-based approach that assumes clients who understand not only their rights and obligations under the law but also the current needs and future goals of themselves, their children, and the other party, will best be able to create agreements that last; minimizing, if not eliminating, the need for intervention by the courts.

Clients who take advantage of the interest-based approach through the process of collaborative law or facilitative mediation engage in necessary and difficult conversations with professional support, and are more likely to transition to healthier relationships, retain control over the outcome of their settlements, and minimize the impact of the divorce on children.

Sandra Barto

B.A. Community Services, Seattle University; M.A.Ed. Counseling, Seattle University; J.D. cumlaude, Seattle University.

Member of American Bar Association (ABA), Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), King County Bar Association (KCBA), International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), Collaborative Professionals of Washington (CPW), King County Collaborative Law (KCCL), and Washington Mediation Association (WMA).

Family Mediation Coordination and Trainer, Dispute Resolution Center of King County; past co-chair, Collaborative Law Section, KCBA; past chair, Mentor Committee, KCCL.