About Seattle Divorce Attorney Rhe Zinnecker

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My Best Choice:
Rhe Zinnecker

"It was paramount to me that my Counsel understood my goals in court, coupled with my need to move through the process in a credible, responsible and dignified way.

I selected attorney Rhe Zinnecker, who encouraged and fostered a collaborative approach to the process and compassionately recognized how personally affected my children and I were by the actions we chose."
--A.S., Seattle WA

Competent &

"I was referred to Rhe Zinnecker by a man that works part time as a King County Judge. I respect his integrity and experience.

I met with Rhe and was impressed with her and felt comfortable with her as well. Rhe helped to keep me focused during a highly emotional time in my life.

Rhe is a competent divorce attorney. After she handled my case, I continue to recommend her to other men."
D.S., Seattle WA

Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

Divorces in King County, Washington, are handled through the King County Superior Court, with courthouses in both downtown Seattle and Kent. King County requires the use of Washington State Pattern Forms.

The fact that divorces are handled through the courts does not mean divorces have to go to trial or even be contentious for the parties to reach resolution of their issues. The fact that the State has developed forms for handling divorces does not mean divorce is an easy process in King County. It is important that you know your options before you attempt to wade your way through a divorce in King County.

What are the benefits of choosing a less traditional path to divorce?

The benefits to you of pursuing a sustainable divorce include less expense, less financial insecurity, less emotional turmoil, and less time. The benefits to your children involve having two parents who can work together after the divorce is over.

How do I know which path is right for me?

Which sustainable divorce path you choose depends on a lot of factors:  how much property is involved? What issues have to be addressed in your case? Can you and your spouse work together, or will you need help or expertise to reach agreements? Do your children have special needs that should be addressed during the divorce? Once you have talked to Rhe about your case, you can figure out together which path is the best for you.

Which approach is most cost-effective?

The most cost-effective approach is to represent yourself without any help. But that is also the most dangerous approach because divorce is a very complicated process. If you take one wrong step you may suffer the consequences for years to come. Working with Rhe, you can assess the cost and benefits for each sustainable option and make decisions based on what will work for you and your budget.

What if my spouse and I just can't talk to each other about divorce issues?

If you and your spouse are having difficulty talking to one another, it can make it much harder to resolve your differences in the divorce. But there are ways to help the two of you sit down,  talk about your issues, and reach resolution without resorting to court or going to trial. Rhe can talk to you about various options, including collaborative law and mediation, as ways to overcome such obstacles to a sustainable divorce.

If we choose one path and then decide that we should have chosen another, is it possible to change course?

So long as you and your spouse have not entered into a final binding agreement, you always have the option of changing directions if something is not working.  However, some directions are more difficult to change after you start. Talk to Rhe about the potential costs of changing directions before you have committed to a certain path if this is a concern for you.

Can my divorce lawyer still advocate on my behalf in a less-contentious process?

Divorce attorneys have different roles in different processes. For instance, if you represent yourself but use an attorney as a mediator, the mediator will not advocate for either party. Instead, her role is to help the two of you negotiate an agreement.  If you choose a collaborative law approach, your attorney is more of a facilitator than an advocate because the two of you are the ones responsible for resolving your own divorce issues. There is no judge or commissioner to advocate to!  Rhe can explain the differing roles for attorneys in each one of your options.

What if my partner refuses to participate in any of your divorce options?

Your partner will have to agree to use mediation or collaborative law before you can proceed with those two choices. However, it does not matter what your spouse does if you choose to represent yourself using the DIY divorce classes or a divorce attorney consultant. You may need more help, but you can continue to represent yourself even if your partner chooses to  hire an attorney.