Professional Details

Carol Betts
Practitioner MediatorPractitioner Mediator

Carol D. Betts Family Law & Mediation PLLC

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400 112th Ave NE
Suite 240
Bellevue, WA 98004
USA
425-635-7737
Fax: 425-635-7738

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Description of Practice

As an attorney and a mediator, I help divorcing couples resolve property, support and parenting issues by agreement. Traditional litigation processes tend to feed and escalate conflict. I feel people are better served by maintaining control over results and managing conflict in a way that engages rather than divides. Since 2007, I've focused my practice on client centered alternatives to litigation including mediation and Collaborative Law process. A successful outcome begins with identifying your interests, needs and goals. Skilled communication moves the process forward. Agreements are made when needs and interests are met.

Professional Background

I am an attorney who has practiced family law in Washington State since 2001. In 2007, I trained in Mediation and Collaborative Law process and began focusing entirely on helping families resolve issues without court intervention. Over the past 12 years, I've completed hundreds of additional training hours in communication, interest based dispute resolution, and parent coaching. I have a special interest in recovery from substance use disorders and the impact of these diseases on the family system.

Experience

After training in mediation and Collaborative Law practice in 2007, I began representing clients as a Collaborative attorney using that process where participants formally agree not to resort to courts for decision making. The process is interest based and involves many of the same skills used by mediators. I refreshed my mediation training in 2010 and added mediation services to my family practice. Although the skills in Collaborative Practice and Mediation are similar, there is a key difference - mediators are neutral and do not give advice whereas Collaborative attorneys represent and advise one party.

Degrees

BA - Oakland University - Rochester MI JD - Southwestern Law School - Los Angeles CA

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
03/2007    King County Dispute Resolution Center    Basic Mediation Training - 40 hours
10/2007    King County Dispute Resolution Center    Communication and Negotiation Skills for Collaborative Practitioners - 32 hours
6/2007    King County Collaborative Law    Basic Collaborative Law Training - 15 hours
2011    Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group    Collaborative Law Intermediate Skills - 7.5 hours
3/2012    Seattle University    Collaborative Negotiators - Interest Based Negotiation - 3 hours
3/2012    Bill Eddy    Working with High Conflict People in Mediation - 3 hours
4/2014    King County DRC    Child Informed Mediation - 16 hours
3/2015    Robin Amadei - Bellevue Neighborhood Mediation Program    Conflict Coaching - 21 hours

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • LGBTQ
  • Prenuptial

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Collaborative Professional

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