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Domestic Relations & Family Law

All families have different needs.  We help you navigate your legal issues to a conclusion that best suits the unique needs of your family.  We work closely with our clients to obtain successful results in the areas of divorce, child custody, child support, maintenance (alimony), parental rights, modification of support or visitation, and protective orders. Domestic relations may include some aspect of the following:

  • Domestic Partnerships
  • De-facto Parentage
  • Meretricious Relationships
  • Dissolution, Legal Separation, or Invalidity of Marriage
  • Division and Valuation of Assets and Debts, including businesses, retirements, and real property
  • Prenuptial, Postnuptial, Co-habitation, and Separation Agreements
  • Spousal Maintenance and Child Support, including modifications, administrative hearings, special collections, and contempt defense
  • Custody disputes involving major and minor modifications of a parenting plan or relocation actions
  • Parentage establishment and disestablishment

The process can be complicated and confusing to many individuals not familiar with the legal system.  We find that people are most concerned with the following:

Divorce
Ending a marriage can be a difficult decision.  This decision impacts the well-being of your children, as well as your own physical, mental, and financial well-being.  Issues may be raised that include community versus separate property, retirement benefits, and maintenance (commonly referred to as “alimony”).

Child Support
In Washington, child support is a mathematical formula that uses the incomes of both parents to come to a transfer amount.  However, there are often issues that arise as to how to calculate an income and what to do if someone is not working but is able to.  Additionally, courts have discretion as to whether or not they deviate from the standard amount based on the circumstances in either home.  It is important to be aware of all of the factors associated with the amount of child support you will be paying or receiving.