Should You Hire a Lawyer for Divorce?
IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN THE MIDST OF A DIVORCE, YOU SHOULD MAKE SURE IT IS DONE RIGHT
Our divorce lawyers are dedicated to family law practice. This means we spend our time deep in the weeds of family law. Because of this, we are uniquely positioned to handle matters related to divorce and can do so with the skill and experience you deserve.
Masterful planning and execution could yield better results in your case. For you, this could mean:
- Settlement sooner and with less time invested
- Less stress and hassle
- Greater confidence in the quality of your settlement
- More thoughtful or equitable settlement
- Less overall expense
- Better provisions made for the care of children
- Assurance that processes and laws were followed correctly
The Many Jurisdictional Considerations
Divorce laws vary from state to state. In both Washington and Oregon, residency requirements and other factors may affect how documents are prepared and presented to the court.
Consequently, depending on where you’re seeking to divorce, it’s critical to consult a family law attorney who knows the jurisdictional statutes that apply to your situation.
Here are a few things that we can help you with:
- Child Custody - Determining who will make non-emergency medical, educational, religious, and other decisions for the children.
- Child Support - Child support in Washington is determined by the Washington Child Support Guidelines, which ascertains an amount based on the children’s ages and the parents’ net incomes. Oregon operates similarly but has different guidelines to follow.
- Spousal Support - The court may require a spouse to pay alimony or spousal support to their former husband or wife.
- Property Division - While married, spouses accumulate important assets and possessions that must be divided when a marriage ends.
- Estate Planning - Divorce changes the structure of your family and its assets. Your estate plan needs to be updated to keep pace with your new needs and obligations.
- Collaborative Law - Collaborative law is a relatively new approach of alternative dispute resolution in which the attorneys and the parties work collaboratively to achieve an outcome that is fair and acceptable to both parties.