There are situations when the assistance of a family law attorney can provide
you with more options, better information, or other advantages that you
may not have if you act on your own. Having someone on your side with
a thorough understanding of the laws-and the ability to act quickly on
your behalf-can sometimes make a significant difference.
Here are a few examples of situations when an attorney is essential to
get you the help you need.
You’ve been served with divorce papers.
If you have been served with divorce papers, chances are your spouse has
been thinking about divorce for awhile and has already retained an attorney.
Speaking with a
Seattle divorce attorney will help you understand the divorce petition, the divorce process, and
what you can expect as your case proceeds. If you didn’t see this
coming, an attorney can advise on what the next steps are to protect the
things that are important to you, whether they are your children, a home,
a business, or other financial assets.
You have a limited amount of time to respond to your spouse’s divorce
petition, so scheduling a consultation with a divorce attorney immediately
after receiving the divorce papers is highly advised.
You are the victim of domestic abuse.
There are several legal actions that can be taken to protect you from an
If you are in immediate danger or fear for your safety, leave the house
or call the police. Once you are safe, a Seattle family attorney can present you with legal
options that can help protect you and/or your children from an abusive
spouse or partner. This could include filing for a divorce, a domestic
violence protection order, and/or custody actions.
You or your ex-spouse wants to move away with the kids.
Relocating a child or children away from a parent is often a contentious
issue, and can quickly become a legal battle. If you are the one who wishes
to relocate, a Seattle family law attorney can help you begin the process
of relocation according to the law. If you wish to prevent your ex from
relocating, an attorney can help you contest the relocation. In both situations,
an attorney can also help you craft a parenting plan that will work for
your family's changed circumstances.
You want to end a long-term unmarried relationship.
There are laws in Washington State to
protect individuals who have cohabitated with a romantic partner for many years when they decide to part ways.
A Seattle divorce attorney can assist you in ensuring that your assets
are fairly divided and, if there are any children, that custody and child
support issues are also addressed.
Your financial circumstances have changed, but your child support payments
Your child support obligation is calculated based on a number of factors,
including your income. If your situation has changed-if you become unemployed,
for instance-you may be able to have your child support obligation adjusted
to reflect these circumstances. A Seattle family lawyer can help you determine
if a child support modification is in order and represent you in filing