Joanna T. Roth

Collaborative Law

I provide Collaborative services as an attorney. For my mediation services, please visit the Family Transition Center website.

As a Collaborative attorney, Joanna helps couples wind down their relationships.  With thought and ample support, couples going through divorce can avoid bitter battles and transform divorce into a laboratory for learning. As part of a well-managed divorce, couples with children begin to co-create and sustain healthy, divorced families.

In Collaborative Law, clients:

  • Receive support to safely navigate conflict and power imbalances.
  • Make informed decisions.
  • Reach agreements which satisfy their interests and are tailored to their circumstances.
  • Finish the process with complete, binding agreements.
  • Complete the legal process as part of the negotiation.

Ex-spouses continue to be family to their children, and building the co-parenting relationship is as important as dismantling the spousal relationship.  Children in families where the parents consistently resolve conflict fare better than those in families where the parents’ conflict is entrenched.

Joanna works to make sure that couples understand the legal process, and that they fully understand their agreements.  All of this happens without turning over decision-making to the court.

In Collaborative cases, there is an explicit agreement that the attorneys will not fight for their clients in court, other than to enter agreed orders. This creates a strong incentive to find a solution, and also provides a safe shelter in which to identify options for settlement. Collaborative Law works well for couples who want to negotiate while working closely with their respective lawyers. Lawyers are part of a professional team, which typically includes: a coach, who has a background in mental health; a financial specialist; and a child specialist. The lawyers take an active role in managing the divorce negotiations, and coordinate their efforts with those of the other team members. Collaborative Law goes into great depth in considering the family finances, the well-being of the children, and the transition to a two-household family.

To inquire into how Collaborative Law might fit your circumstances, contact Joanna at 206 283 9050, or