COVID-19 Update: Otterson Law & Mediation is open and still working for our clients. We also remain accessible to the public for inquiries and consultations. To comply with CDC recommendations and local mandates, we will not be meeting anyone in person, but will be fully available by phone, email, and US mail. (Mail may involve a 24 hour delay.) We can provide multiple document transfer options (if you don’t want to send by email). We offer phone consultations and video conferences in lieu of office visits.

We hope you and your families stay healthy and find ways to cope with the pandemic related restrictions.

Divorce - Separation

There are several ways you can approach a divorce (or separation if you never married). A dissolution can be done on your own. Almost everyone could profit from mediation as they work toward settlement of either property or custody issues. Many separating couples simply need some help figuring out where to start.

If a simple dissolution isn't possible even with mediation, then the collaborative process might still help resolve the matter without litigation. In the Collaborative Law approach, you have your own attorney who can advise you confidentially, and advocate for your interests while helping you reach a settlement that works for both parties. You can bring in other professionals (such as an accountant, a child specialist, etc.) to assist if needed. The good thing is you don't each have to hire your own experts. If you want to preserve a good working relationship for the sake of your children, the Collaborative Law approach may be the best way.

If your spouse or former partner is not able to negotiate in good faith, or does not agree to proceed Collaboratively, you must pursue the normal court process. Even this can be handled in different ways. We'll help you chose the approach that fits your situation.

Client Reviews
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We had a tough adoption that seemed to drag on with the state. The staff at Otterson Law were tremendously knowledgeable and a huge help to us. The adoption portion was all done quickly and we were very pleased with with their work. We will be using them in the future. Sima T.
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Otterson Law & Mediation just finished the adoption of my daughter, Melissa. They did it during COVID and around all the state closures. I was happy with the communication and also with the timeliness of getting it finished. Reklats E.
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Otterson Law office handled the adoptions of my niece and nephew in Alaska. They did a great job addressing all of the concerns and making sure that things were handled well. I am glad to have my niece and nephew in our family thanks to them. Trevor B.