Kim Schnuelle

Senior Attorney

Bellevue | Seattle

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Interesting notes about Kim
Can't live without: Spending time in the wilderness
Unusual place I've lived: Costa Rica
Pets: Stray Texas hound named Chucho
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About Kim Schnuelle

Kim Schnuelle is an experienced, strategic negotiator and litigator who focuses on complex child support, paternity, judicial enforcement cases, and divorce. She typically serves clients from our Seattle law office.

Kim honed her skills in the Family Support Division of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, where for nearly 17 years, she negotiated and litigated thousands of cases, and assisted a countless number of families and individuals in resolving their family law matters.

Kim always puts her clients first, and never loses sight of the human aspect of each case. She dedicates herself to providing each client with exceptional legal service tailored to their individual needs.

"Clients facing family law litigation are living through one of the most stressful periods of their lives," says Kim. "As an attorney and advocate, it is my role to reduce significant legal stress in their lives by actively listening to their desired goals and then implementing those goals into a strong, well prepared and effective case strategy."

Kim's sense of compassion is the driving force behind her dedication and commitment to each case and she works alongside each individual to understand their specific goals. She enjoys the challenges of litigation and working with each client to achieve successful outcomes.

"Depending upon the individual situation, subtle negotiation, forthright advocacy in litigation, or a mixture of the two may be required," Kim states. "Each case is unique and requires an approach perfectly tailored to the individual client and their situation."

Kim is known for her sharp legal mind and strong litigation skills. Her drive for excellence and strong work ethic is consistent with the firm's core values. She is well established within the family law legal community and enjoys professional relationships with the family law judges, commissioners, and members of the bar.

In addition to her time in the courtroom, Kim also has a keen interest in writing and public speaking. She is an active leader and participant in numerous statewide legal education seminars, and continues to publish many well-regarded articles in county and state legal publications.

In her spare time, Kim has employed her strong Spanish-speaking skills by volunteering with the King County Bar Association's Bilingual Spanish Legal Clinic. Since 1985, Kim has volunteered with AIDS projects in both California and Washington, including the Necessities of Life Program in Los Angeles and the Lifelong AIDS Alliance in Seattle.

Kim is also an avid hiker, certified yoga teacher, and loves traveling with her husband and son. She has visited much of Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. She has a soft spot for animals, especially horses and dogs.

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  • Commissioner Pro Tempore, King County Family Law Motions Calendar, 2018 - Present


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Past Volunteer, King County Bar Association Bilingual Spanish Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer, Lifelong AIDS Alliance
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  • J.D. University of Washington School of Law
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Criminal Law and Conflicts of Law
  • M.A. in Biology, University of California at Los Angeles
  • B.A. in Paleontology, University of California at Berkeley
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  • What Makes a Marriage?, King County Bar Bulletin, June 2018
  • Child Support and Uninsured Medical Costs, King County Bar Bulletin, January 2018 (co-authored with Danielle LaBelle)
  • New Federal Rule Changes Child Support Landscape, King County Bar Bulletin, February 2017
  • Foreign Comity Principles May Apply in Divorce Proceedings, King County Bar Bulletin, October 2016
  • Incarcerated Parents Complicate Family Law Cases, King County Bar Bulletin, March 2016
  • Do You Have a Solid Parenting Plan?, ParentMap, December 2015
  • Waste of Assets/Fraudulent Transfers in Dissolutions, King County Bar Bulletin, October 2015 (co-authored with J. Blake Hilty)
  • Effective Preparation for Family Law Mediations, King County Bar Bulletin, July 2015
  • Revising Third-Party Custody Order is a Challenge, King County Bar Bulletin, February 2015
  • Shuttling Children of Divorce: A Long Distance Primer, King County Bar Bulletin, August 2014
  • Commingling Assets: When Mine becomes Ours, King County Bar Bulletin, March 2014
  • Modifying Domestic Violence Protection Orders under Amended RCW 26.50.130, King County Bar Bulletin, December 2013
  • CR2A: The Way To Go To Confirm Informal Agreements, King County Bar Bulletin, June 2013
  • Tribal Interests Cloud Indian Child Welfare Proceedings, King County Bar Bulletin, February 2013
  • Working with Limited English Clients, King County Bar Bulletin, November 2012 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Roamin' with a Child, King County Bar Bulletin, August 2012 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Don't Get Tangled in the Web, King County Bar Bulletin, May 2012 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Defending the Deposition: A Study in Preparation, King County Bar Bulletin, February 2012 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Don't Take Deposition Practice Lightly, King County Bar Bulletin, November 2011 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Supreme Court Finds No Civil Right to Counsel, King County Bar Bulletin, October 2011
  • Maintenance and Marriage: The Changing Nature of Support, King County Bar Bulletin, August 2011 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Divorce Litigation: From Start to Finish, National Business Institute CLE, July 2011
  • Split Decision: Is Divorce the First Course?, King County Bar Bulletin, May 2011 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Grandparent's Rights and Visitation, King County Bar Bulletin, February 2011 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Collecting Child Support Takes Many Forms, King County Bar Bulletin, November 2010, (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Equitable Defenses May Provide Child Support Relief, King County Bar Bulletin, September 2010 (co-authored with Molly Leaverton)
  • Every Day is Father's Day....Until it isn't, King County Bar Bulletin, June 2010
  • The Jurisdictional Puzzle of Multi-State Paternity and Child Support Establishment Cases, Washington State Bar News, May 2010
  • "Voluntary Unemployment" in Today's Economy, King County Bar Bulletin, March 2010
  • Higher-Ed Need may Merit Plan Change, King County Bar Bulletin, October 2009
  • Child Support Systems Protect Domestic Violence Victims, King County Bar Bulletin, July 2009 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Finding the Cure for Default Judgments, King County Bar Bulletin, June 2009
  • Using QDROs to Collect Child Support Payments, Washington State Bar News, May 2009 (co-authored with Lisa Dufour)
  • Military Service Compounds Default Efforts, King County Bar Bulletin, December 2008
  • Keeping the State out of Family Law Cases, King County Bar Bulletin, July 2008
  • "If All Else Fails, Ask the Queen," Interview featuring Kim Schnuelle and Lisa Dufour in Washington Law & Politics, December 2009
  • Special Collection Techniques, King County Bar Association CLE, September 2008
  • Unique Enforcement Techniques in Child Support Child Support Collections, Washington State Association of Prosecuting Attorney's Child Support Enforcement Training, May 2008, May 2007, May 2003
  • When the Bough Breaks, Federal and Washington State Indian Child Welfare Law and Its Application, University of Puget Sound Law Review, Fall 1993


  • Co-presenter, “Calculating Child Support and Alimony,” Family Law from Start to Finish - a 2-Day Practical Course, National Business Institute, December 2017
  • ?Presenter, Child Support, Dissolution from A-Z, King County Bar Association CLE, May 2017
  • Presenter, Interrogatories, Requests for Production and Depositions, Dependency Conference, October 2016
  • Presenter, Ethics in Family Law Family Law Advanced Issues CLE, National Business Institute, December 2014
  • Presenter, “Spousal Benefits Eligibility During and After Divorce,” National Business Institute CLE, December 2013
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