UCLR - UNIFORM COLLABORATIVE LAW RULESComments for UCLR must be received no later than June 30, 2013.
GR 9 Cover Sheet
Suggested New Rules
(Creating new Uniform Collaborative Law Rules)
Collaborative law is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that has been practiced in Washington for many years. It is a voluntary process used to resolve disputes in which both parties are represented by a collaborative law attorney, with the purpose to reach settlement. It is distinguished from other ADR in that the parties maintain control of the outcome and, should the process fail, parties must retain new counsel.
The Uniform Law Commission (ULC) proposed a Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) to the Washington state legislature in 2012. The UCLA regulates the use of collaborative law and standardizes, among other things, key elements in a collaborative law agreement. The proposed Court Rules compliment and replace parts of the legislation. Rules 1, 2, 4, 5, 11, and 16-18 remain reserved and offer citation to the Act.
These rules have the support of the WSBA Family Law Section, WSBA ADR section, and all stakeholders who have been contacted.
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