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Family Law

We have years of experience handling all types of family law matters including dissolutions/divorce, adoptions, custody matters and child support.

We handle new family law matters and matters in prior cases, like modifying parenting plans and changing child support.

[reveal title="Adoptions: " open="false" color="grey-lite"]The adoption process involves terminating the parental rights of the birth parents and adoption by the new parents. Some children are voluntarily given up (relinquished) for adoption. Sometimes a step-parent will adopt the child of his or her spouse. Adoptions will involve court hearings and re-registration of birth certificates. We are familiar with all phases of the adoption procedure and can help you through the process.[/reveal]
[reveal title="Dissolution/Divorce: " open="false" color="grey-lite"]Some marriages end in divorce (or “dissolution”). Washington is a no fault state and the court is not concerned why a dissolution is occurring. The court is charged with dividing the property and debts of the parties, providing for custodial arrangements for children, child support and, where appropriate, maintenance for either spouse.

When you have property, debts or children, you need professional assistance. We have years of experience helping clients through the difficult time of divorce. Those who “do it themselves” may miss important assets, may overlook important rights or may let emotions overcome a reasonable approach.[/reveal]

[reveal title="Child Custody: " open="false" color="grey-lite"]Courts in Washington decide custody based on what is in the best interests of the children. Making that determination may require presenting to the court substantial evidence about the children, the parents and other persons the children have relationships with. A Parenting Plan is adopted that provides for all aspects of the children’s lives, including time with each parent, decision making, dispute resolution and limitations, where appropriate. We have years of experience developing parenting plans and advocating for our clients for what is in the best interests of the children.[/reveal]
[reveal title="Child Support: " open="false" color="grey-lite"]Washington has mandatory child support schedules. Calculations for those schedules are based on the incomes of the parties before the court. The calculation can vary depending on time spent with each parent, other children the paying parent is supporting and unusual expenses. We are familiar with these issues and can calculate fair support.[/reveal]
[reveal title="Modification: " open="false" color="grey-lite"]Circumstances can change after a dissolution becomes final. It can become necessary to ask the court to change or “modify” the Parenting Plan or the support provisions. We have represented clients in modification matters for years. We can help with changes in child support, minor changes in parenting plans or major modifications of parenting plans to change where the child or children reside.[/reveal]