Family Law Practice
* Dissolution of Marriages and
* Parenting Plans
* Child Support Orders
* Property Settlements
* Domestic Violence
* Rights at Termination of Committed,
Long Term Relationships
* Child Relocation
Each family law case is, in some
ways, different from any other. Whether you are dissolving your marriage or domestic partnership, working out a parenting
plan, or arranging child support, your legal needs during this challenging time of change in your private life will be unique
in some respects. Some cases call for aggressive representation. Others require restrained diplomacy. Some cases can be quickly
and inexpensively resolved within a matter of months. Other cases must be conducted through the complete legal process from
beginning to end. In some cases, the parties are able to take charge of fashioning their own resolution. In others, the parties’
expectations are simply too far apart for any conclusion to be reached without intervention or the courts.
In some ways, however, all family
law cases have much in common. All will be more satisfactorily resolved if handled by attorneys who listen, and who keep their
clients informed. Nearly all will have better outcomes if the clients stay involved. All concern matters that are of great
importance to everyone who is touched by the proceedings.
Family law is more than just
divorce (or “dissolution”, as it is legally termed). Family law also concerns the rights of children in the family
to have their needs given a high priority, and the needs of families to have child support orders and parent plans adjusted
when appropriate under changing circumstances. Family law also addresses fair and equitable resolution of property disputes.
Family law also covers questions of care of the children and division of property for registered domestic partnerships that
are dissolving as well as for those who have been in a long term committed and intimate relationship, even if never formalized
in any way.
Where Family Law and Business Law Meet
If your relationship (whether
a marriage, a domestic partnership, or a long term, committed and intimate relationship that was never formalized) has included
cooperation or investment in a shared business enterprise, you may have property rights that are in addition to those granted
in family law statutes and case law. Under Washington statutes and case law concerning partnerships,
and concerning registered entities such as corporations and limited liability companies, both parties may have an ownership
interest, independent of community property rights, which cannot be taken from either of them without just compensation. If
you cannot, or do not plan, to continue working together in the shared business, be sure your attorney is properly prepared
to present the law concerning ownership of a business interest to the court.