King County Divorce
No one enters into a marriage thinking that it will one day end, but sometimes the best solution to irreconcilable differences is to divorce and move on. That doesn't mean that a divorce won't be one of the most stressful and emotionally draining events in your life. If kids are involved, the end result of a divorce can be personally devastating and quite possibly lead to depression.
If you are currently trying to decide if a divorce is your best option, or are facing a serious family law matter, our King County divorce lawyers can provide you with legal information that will prove invaluable. We have more then 50 years of collective experience handling every sort of family law and divorce matter outlined in Washington State law.
When considering a divorce it’s wise to take note of how it will affect you both financially and emotionally. Your divorce will take some time, and the decisions you make will have a lasting impact on your life. What you need right now are answers, and our King County divorce attorneys can help you weigh your options from a skilled perspective refined from decades of legal representation.
We often encounter clients who ask:
- Will my divorce take a long time?
- Who gets custody of my children if my spouse and I can’t agree on the issue?
- What is a parenting plan, and will I have a say on how it is designed?
- What about alimony?
While some questions can only be answered over time, understanding the law will help you get a better idea of where you stand before filing for a divorce. Also, your situation is unique, so it requires personalized attention from someone who truly understands family law. Our King County divorce lawyers will work diligently to help you and your spouse reach fair agreements on every issue, while compassionately ensuring that your emotional needs are met. If your spouse refuses to treat you fair ly and with respect, then we will aggressively pursue other avenues,. In some situations, there is no other choice than to take a client's case to a judge in the family court.King County, the Family Court, and You
King County is the most populous county in Washington State, and it's home to more than 2.1 million people. King County is also where Seattle is located, making it one of America's most well known cities, and one of its most culturally significant. Along with Snohomish County and Pierce County, King County is part of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Metro area. The area is named after a man from Alabama named William King, who was Vice President to Franklin Pierce.
Many famous waterways and landmarks can be found in King County, including Vashon Island, Cedar River, and Puget Sound. Part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is also in King County, with the other portion far to the north in Skagway, Alaska. If you would like to find a government job in King County, or eFile Superior Court documents, you should check out the county website, which is full of essential information.
If you're living in this area and need to address a family law issue, you will be dealing with the King County Family Court. This court handles cases involving divorce, legal separation with children, paternity, adoption, child custody, child support, and many other related issues. Before addressing the court, it makes sense to talk a qualified King County family law lawyer so that you fully understand how the law applies to your situation. You can contact our law office today and speak to a King County divorce lawyer without cost or obligation.King County Divorce Related Information That You can use to Make Wise Choices
Throughout the divorce process, you will have to make important decisions on serious matters. Some choices may not be easy. If you feel as though you were wronged by your former spouse, you may not be eager to compromise. Still, it's important to understand that few people get everything they want out of divorce negotiations. Your willingness to objectively assess each issue could very well affect the outcome of your divorce. Let's look at some of these issues so you know what to expect.
Child Custody – When parents are threatened with losing daily contact with their children, they tend to get defensive. If you're a divorcing parent, child custody issues likely rank number-one in order of importance. Will you lose primary custody of your kids? Will you have visitation rights? What can you do to protect your rights as a parent? If you're a father, will you be treated fairly in regards to this issue? There is a lot to unpack when it comes to custody issues, and each case is entirely unique. To find out more about this all-important issue, contact one of our King County child custody lawyers.
Child Support – In many divorce cases, the primary custodial parent receives support from the other parent. This is also true for parents that were never married. Sometimes it's necessary to establish paternity in order to seek child support payments from a father. While there are schedules used to determine the amount of monthly child support, these other issues often make this an emotionally charged topic. Contact one of our King County child support lawyers to get more information today.
Spousal Maintenance – This is also called alimony and it's when one former spouse pays the other a certain amount of money every month to help them pay bills. The rate and duration of alimony payments is determined by the nature of the relationship and how long the marriage lasted. If the marriage lasted for many years, the payments may only stop if the recipient remarries. To find out whether you will have to pay, or be eligible to receive, alimony payments, contact one of our King County spousal maintenance lawyers without delay.
Divorce for Men – Our attorneys are often approach by divorcing men who are worried about being treated fairly by the court. They are concerned that women may be shown preferential treatment, especially in regards to child custody issues. All they want is to be on equal footing with their spouse because they love their kids and want what's best for them. The Washington Courts do treat people equally regardless of gender, and our King County divorce for men attorneys ensure that father's legal rights are always protected. If you're not being treated fairly, we won't back down from a fight.
Restraining Orders and Protection Orders – If your partner is abusive, you can petition the court for protection. Sometimes people are resultant to pursue a protection order for fear of reprisal, but these actions are almost always effective. Anyone that disobeys these court orders facing serious penalties that include time behind bars. If you or your child is in a bad situation, contact a King County restraining order lawyer that can help you protect yourself.
Support Modifications – Sometimes well after a divorce is over, a significant change in lifestyle causes money problems. In these situations, you may be able to petition the court for a modification of child support or alimony. The former is more common, but it's still necessary to prove that there's been a big change in your life, like losing your job or a severe illness. To find out if you can petition the court for this action, contact one of our King County support modification lawyers and get the facts.Our King County Divorce Attorneys are Also Well Versed in Washington Family Law.
Sometimes separated couples face family law issues that are unrelated to a divorce. Common family law issues include:
- Child support modification
- Spousal maintenance (alimony) modification
- Child custody and visitation
When situations such as these arise, it’s important to work with a King County lawyer who has an in-depth, working knowledge of Washington State family law.
You can talk to one of our qualified King County family law lawyers today concerning your specific issue, confidentially and with no obligation. We offer a free case evaluation that gives you the chance to get information without making any commitment.
If you choose to hire one of our skilled family litigators, they will begin by helping you identify your goals, and then work diligently to help you navigate the divorce process.