Christine Hayes first discovered family law working at Whatcom County Sheriff's
Office as a legal advocate for victims of domestic violence. There, she
saw firsthand the positive impact that a dedicated and skilled attorney
could have on people’s lives – particularly those trying to
navigate the legal system following an emotionally charged experience.
Inspired to practice family law, Christine received her Juris Doctorate
from Gonzaga University School of Law,
magna cum laude. Now, as a family law practitioner, Christine is motivated by helping
people through complex and emotionally difficult situations.
“I listen carefully to my clients,” says Christine. “We
work to balance their emotions with the need to develop an effective strategy,
well supported in the law, to achieve the best results for their case.”
She continues, “My goal is to guide my clients through this very
personal and difficult transition in such a way that they feel their voice
has been heard and their goals were met.”
Christine tailors her approach to each client’s personal situation,
whether they want to take a collaborative approach or an aggressive stance.
In every case, however, Christine helps clients refine and define their
goals to provide the legal advice and guidance necessary to achieve those
“I want my clients to be assured that they can depend upon me to
alleviate their fears and concerns, such that they can focus on successfully
transitioning into a new chapter of their lives,” Christine says.
Christine focuses her practice on divorce, child custody, child support,
modifications, and relocation. She also has experience in collaborative
law, de facto parentage and non parental custody, step-parent adoption,
and LGBT family law.
A true Pacific Northwest native, Christine is a die-hard Seahawks fan who
loves exploring the outdoors on camping trips with friends and family,
and spending time with her husband and their dog, Riley.