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The end of a marriage is an intense process that sends ripples into all areas of your life.

We empower you with knowledge to carefully consider your options and make informed decisions. We educate you on the maze of divorce and what to expect during this process. We are an experienced team of experts in each area of divorce— we help you get organized, strategically prepare, and design a personal approach to your case. We help you understand how your decisions will affect your family and your future. 

Our professional team saves you time and money by preparing a personalized strategy for your case, and providing realistic expectations of the divorce process. This advance work allows your attorney to focus on the legal aspects of your case, saving you expensive attorney billing hours.

We treat every case with discretion, while providing you and your family with compassionate, effective care. From uncontested divorce cases to heated child custody battles, we support and inform you of your rights and options every step of the way.

How We’re Different:

Divorce Options


Mediation or Collaborative Divorce

If you and your spouse have children, property to divide, and you need help sorting out the details but would like to work together, mediation or collaborative divorce are both good options for you to consider for dissolution. 

How DSNW Can Help:

Our team at DSNW can support you through our coaching and mediation services, which are designed to help you and your spouse remain amicable, and reach a mutually-desired outcome for your divorce. Even in the friendliest cases, issues of contention almost always arise at some point during the dissolution process. Working with our team helps you understand your rights and sort through the details, so you can arrive at a settlement division that is acceptable to all.

We help you identify your goals, understand and ask for what you want and need, and negotiate from a place of power. As part of the mediation process, we will draft a detailed parenting plan and financial settlement agreement that will be functional for you and your family, now and into the future. At the end of our work with you, when you and your spouse have agreed upon the terms, we will transition you to an attorney, for legal review and filing of the final paperwork. 

Our approach is unique, and differs from traditional mediation. We provide personal, in-depth coaching, along with mediation services, to help you understand your goals, and create an action plan for moving forward. Ours is a more holistic approach, and increases the likelihood of a satisfying outcome for both parties and for your children, long-term.

Typical Cost for DSNW services, legal review and court filing fees are $7,500 per couple

Working with our team is far less expensive than the traditional divorce process. Our support ensures that the legal process is done properly, and greatly reduces the chance that costly modifications will be needed. 

DSNW provides you with:

  1. Education about the divorce process and your rights
  2. Help with getting organized and gathering financial documents
  3. Understand how to approach property division
  4. Understand how to approach an effective parenting plan
  5. Tips and suggestions for how to co-parent effectively now, and as your family grows
  6. Good for couples with children – we draft a detailed, customized, parenting plan that will grow with your family
  7. Good for couples with assets / property that needs to be divided – we carefully examine your family’s assets, and provide recommendations for options of property division
  8. We guide you towards a personal financial plan that will be functional for both parties, now and into the future 
  9. Good for couples who want to work collaboratively and cooperatively, while protecting their own interests

Coaching and Preparatory Services

If yours is a high-conflict case, the dissolution process often has added complexities surrounding finances and child custody. In these cases, a common feeling individuals have is “I want a shark”, referring to their attorney. In reality, this just means more expensive, not necessarily more effective. Experience, listening, planning and strategy are all important parts of a skilled divorce team.

How DSNW Can Help:

Working with DSNW can you save thousands in legal fees by preparing you to work with you attorney, helping you select the right attorney for your case, and working with you and your attorney at lower rates. When preparing for a high-conflict case, we help you do your “homework” and get organized, positioning you to work with your attorney efficiently and with confidence. 

Our preparatory work can include coaching, to help you manage your emotions, helping you make informed, rational decisions. We help you think strategically, in conjunction with your attorney. This approach is more cost-effective, and less emotionally impactful on you and your children. We help you advocate for yourself, now and in the future, by helping you understand the process and make key decisions in your case.

We empower you, and ensure that you have the information and support to make important decisions in your best interest. Working with professionals, we help you understand your options, and ensure that you are protected, setting you and your family up for success. Our objective is to minimize both financial and emotional costs during the process of divorce. 

Our support includes:

  • An assessment meeting to understand your overall goals, needs and concerns
  • Education about your rights and the divorce process
  • Development of a workable plan for getting through divorce
  • Gather and organize the documents you will need for your divorce
  • Understand how to approach property division, spousal and child support
  • Draft a customized parenting plan that will work for your family now and into the future
  • Comprehensive financial assessment and recommendations for options of property division
  • Understand what is needed for effective co-parenting
  • Tips and suggestions for supporting your children through divorce and beyond
  • Identify and select the best legal team for your case
  • Identify and managing the other divorce professionals you may need
  • Understand how to work effectively and efficiently with your attorney
  • Help you create a strategy for dealing with a difficult spouse
  • Develop best practices for co-parenting with a difficult and/or abusive spouse
  • Protect you and your children from future abuse, post-divorce

The legal fees for a high-conflict and/or a complex divorce case are hard to predict. Our support fees are flat, and are quoted to you in advance. DSNW clients save tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees because our preparatory work empowers clients, and we hand-select cost-effective and (sometimes flat-fee) attorneys.

The average dissolution costs of a high-conflict divorce varies widely. $75,000+ per client (in attorneys’ fees alone) is not uncommon, when working with an attorney alone. Through our coaching process, and working in tandem with our prep work, we have successfully helped high-conflict couples reach an agreement faster, with more holistic satisfaction, paying far less in attorneys’ fees.

Working with Divorce Strategies Northwest, typical savings are a 70% reduction in overall dissolution costs.

Personalized Strategy

We recognize that each Bothell divorce process is different and carefully plan a custom strategy that is right for you and your situation, no matter what stage you are.


Our work together is sensitive, discreet and confidential, while we provide a customized, non-judgmental safe-haven keeping you focused and on task.

Save Time and Money

Our experience, wisdom, and compassionate leadership streamline and supports you through this painful process saving you time and money.


Words From Our Clients

  • I needed so much help when I decided to leave my marriage, but every attorney wanted more money… and I felt like I was getting nowhere! A friend suggested I talk with Stephanie and her team at DSNW. OMG, exactly what I needed! I needed a plan. A clear roadmap to get out.

    DSNW Client
    Seattle, WA
  • Divorce Strategies Northwest was just what I needed when my husband surprised me with divorce paperwork. Their wise team guided me through the scary maze I was being forced to walk, and their leadership was exactly what I needed.

    DSNW Client
    Issaquah, WA
  • The DSNW team helped me determine my goals, gather my documents and ready my children, so we could create and live a better life together. By the time I hired an attorney, I was ready. I felt confident. The divorce process was swift, focused, and far less draining and expensive.

    DSNW Client
    Bellevue, WA
  • DSNW walked me through the darkest days and helped me find professional help I didn’t even know was out there. They were empathetic, caring and insightful, during a process I wasn’t sure I could survive. Besides saving me money, they brought HOPE back into my life.

    DSNW Client
    Redmond, WA

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