Spanaway, Washington Divorce Lawyers

Kelly LeBlanc
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Experienced and professional divorce lawyer. Call today!

I'm an experienced Washington divorce lawyer and dedicated to helping my clients at every stage of the divorce process. My practice includes simple and complex divorces, spousal support, child support, and child custody. Read More »
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Sarah Elizabeth Hovland
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Compassionate and aggressive representation in simple or complex divorce cases.

I am an experienced Tacoma divorce lawyer and will fight for the best results for you and your children. My practice includes property division, spousal support, child support, child custody, and parenting plans. Read More »
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Jason S. Newcombe
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Compassionate representation in divorce and family law cases.

I am an experienced divorce lawyer and will fight for the best results for you and your children. My practice includes asset and property division, spousal support, child support, and child custody and visitation. Read More »
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Sarah Thorpe
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Washington Divorce Attorney

Seattle University School of Law
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Laurie G. Robertson
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Results-oriented and caring representation in all types of divorce cases.

I'm an experienced Tacoma divorce lawyer. I fight for my clients and have the resources to handle any type of divorce or custody case, regardless of the complexity of the situation or the assets that may be involved. Read More »
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F. Richard Ricketts
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney with 16 years experience
(253) 237-1736 1130 Broadway Plaza
Suite 202
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Since starting my practice in 2003, I have emphasized the provision of competent legal services at a cost which is adjusted for the client's particular situation. Hiring a lawyer is expensive for many reasons, but to the extent possible, I have tried to right size the fees we charge the client with the client's household income.

I focus my practice primarily in the family law area and have a great deal of experience in divorces, annulments, legal separations, child support modifications, parenting plan modifications and non parental custody cases.

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Jonathan Moffitt
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Lakewood, WA Divorce Lawyer with 5 years experience
(253) 753-2923 10116 36th Avenue Court Southwest
Suite 310
Lakewood, WA 98499
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
Regent University School of Law
There are two things that are more important than anything to family law attorney Jonathan Moffitt, his faith and his family. Because of these values and his belief that every parent has a right to be intimately involved in the lives and upbringing of their children, Jonathan chooses to practice family law as a primary component of his practice.

As a husband and father of four, Jonathan understands the bond between a parent and child. This is a bond that should not be interfered with lightly and one that should be fought for vigorously.

Additionally, there are two characteristics that Jonathan values...
Kevin Rundle
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Lakewood, WA Divorce Attorney with 21 years experience
(253) 753-2923 10116 36th Avenue Court Southwest
Suite 310
Lakewood, WA 98499
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
Kevin G. Rundle is a well-established and highly respected Family Law Attorney, zealous advocate for his clients, and Commissioner Pro Tempore (temporary/fill-in Court Commissioner) for the Pierce County Superior Court (since 2011 in good standing).

As a family law attorney with Envision Family Law Group, Kevin focuses his practice on complex family litigation, domestic violence litigation, and sexual assault litigation. Prior to joining Envision Family Law Group, Kevin served as Director of the Legal Services Program for the YWCA Pierce County from 2005 through 2015 and an attorney with same beginning 2004 through 2015. Prior to employment with the YWCA, Kevin...
Robert Kendall Ricketts
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Lawyer with 36 years experience
(253) 535-2211 8849 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98444
Divorce, Business, Criminal and Family
Debra Morse
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Lakewood, WA Divorce Attorney with 29 years experience
(253) 581-9715 10221 Bridgeport Way SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Estate Planning and Family
Marc Christianson
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Lawyer with 44 years experience
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Marc is widely considered one of Washington state’s most accomplished divorce and family law attorneys. In practice since 1975, he focuses his practice on divorce cases involving complex financial and/or business interests. He’s also known for treating his clients with respect and compassion. In addition to litigation, he’s an experienced mediator, arbitrator and trained in Collaborative Law, offering alternative approaches to resolving divorce cases.
Erik Jon Bjornson
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney with 23 years experience
(253) 272-1434 615 Commerce, Suite 204
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Welcome. My goal is to listen to clients and deliver effective and cost efficient high quality legal services, focusing on maximizing results either through negotiation or litigation, whichever is appropriate for the circumstance. Many cases can be resolved amicably through settlement. This office offers a free initial telephone with a lawyer to discuss your legal issue: (253) 272-1434. With over 20 years of experience in Tacoma in Pierce County, Washington, I represent clients in many other cities and states who are civilians, military servicemembers, and veterans. Because there is often so much...
Janice K. Langbehn
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney
(253) 471-7774 5202 Tacoma Mall Boulevard
Tacoma, WA 98409
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Janice Langbehn spent her first career in social work, primarily in Child Protective Services throughout Pierce, Thurston, and Lewis counties. During her 18-year career with the State of Washington, she worked with more than 1,000 children and families, while at the same time raising her own four adopted children and earning two Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Administration.

Upon retiring from social work Janice became an advocate for the LGBT community, seeking equal treatment for families in hospital visitations. In 2011 her work was recognized by President Barack Obama, who awarded her the second highest civilian honor in...
Mark Randall Arend
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Puyallup, WA Divorce Lawyer with 10 years experience
(253) 271-4605 1011 E Main
Suite 456
Puyallup, WA 98372
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Seattle University School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Over the course of his career, Mark Arend has filled the shoes of a businessman, a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, and an attorney. Using his diverse vocational background, he helps clients facing high-tension, complex, and adversarial family law matters. Some of his practice areas include child custody, domestic violence, child support, relocation, high net worth divorce, and military family law.

Mark’s approach to family law is based on common sense, strong ethical standards, and the highest level of professionalism. His goal is simple: to “do better” for his clients than any other legal representative would do. Mark is...
Kelly LeBlanc
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Lawyer with 34 years experience
(253) 300-4757 1201 Pacific Ave, Ste C7
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
The John Marshall Law School
Kelly LeBlanc has been practicing law for over 33 years (21 in Washington). She has been admitted to practice in 5 jurisdictions and appeared on behalf of litigants at the state and federal level. She served as an Administrative Health Law Judge with the Department of Health and worked as a Guardian ad Litem in Pierce County many years before joining Envision Family Law Group as Senior Counsel. When the Court was faced with particularly difficult cases, Kelly was often designated to investigate and provide recommendations on how best to protect the interests of the child(ren) involved.

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Marc Andrew Moses
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Washington Divorce Attorney with 18 years experience

Attorney Moses has been defending juvenile and Family Law Clients in the courtroom since 1999. Whether your case is a divorce, legal separation, child custody and support, spousal support, domestic violence, or... Read More »
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Kimberly April
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Lakewood, WA Divorce Lawyer with 20 years experience
(253) 753-2923 10116 36th St Ct SW, Ste 310
Lakewood, WA 98499
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Kimberly April is the type of attorney you will never forget once you experience her compassionate yet tenacious representation firsthand.

One of the biggest complaints against lawyers is that they often take over the consultation and start talking before they have heard the client’s whole story. Kim differentiates herself by taking the time to truly listen and hears the entire situation before providing legal advice.

Kim understands that every client is unique and in order to meet their goals of the client that each case must be handled unique to the person she is representing. You will not just be another file...
Rita Herrera Irvin
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney with 28 years experience
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Rita Herrera Irvin is a partner at McKinley Irvin, one of the largest and most exceptional family law firms in the Pacific Northwest region. She helped found the firm with Sands McKinley in 1991. Rita prides herself on being a tough advocate for her clients so that they can have the best possible chance of success. She takes the time to get to know her clients so that their goals can become her goals. Rita attended Seattle University School of Law, graduating with her J.D. in 1991. She is also a past board member with Centro Latino, a Trustee with...
Chad Eubanks
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(253) 576-7958 826 S Madison St
Tacoma, WA 98405
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Gonzaga University School of Law
I know divorce and family law inside-and-out. For the past decade, I've obtained outstanding results over-and-over again for hundreds of clients all over Pierce, King, and Snohomish County. Divorce and family law is all I do. I do it at the highest level. And I do it a value most others cannot.
Mr. Mark A Morenz-Harbinger
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Lawyer with 6 years experience
(253) 234-1205 c/o Union Club
539 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationDivorce, Civil Rights, Family and Probate
Northern Kentucky University
Jamie Walker
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Lawyer
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Gonzaga University School of Law
Jamie Walker is a Partner at one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier family law firms, McKinley Irvin. She was distinguished as a Washington “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers® and frequently gives presentations and releases publications on various family law topics. Jamie is experienced in a number of different family law practices, including divorce, collaborative divorce, custody, military family law, and more. With Jamie, you get an efficient, experienced, and caring attorney. In her own words, “I use every asset at my disposal to gain a positive result as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
Marc Andrew Moses
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GIG HARBOR, WA Divorce Attorney with 18 years experience
(206) 456-4456 5790 SOUNDVIEW DRIVE
STE 201-D
GIG HARBOR, WA 98335
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Estate Planning and Family
University of New Hampshire School of Law
Attorney Moses has been defending juvenile and Family Law Clients in the courtroom since 1999. Whether your case is a divorce, legal separation, child custody and support, spousal support, domestic violence, or guardianship, he has the experience and resources necessary to achieve a successful outcome of your case. He has a strong background in defending the rights of individuals, and is competent to handle your case from beginning to end, with thoughtful attention to detail, whether it be at the negotiating table or in the courtroom.
Anthony Scott Marlow
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney with 14 years experience
(253) 300-4757 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite C7
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
Roger Williams University
Anthony Scott Marlow developed his tenaciousness and “take control of the courtroom” demeanor as a natural leader while spending eight years in the United States Marine Corps. Scott has turned these skills into effective and passionate advocacy for his clients.

Despite his Marine Corps background, Scott is empathetic to the concerns and problems facing his clients when they come to meet with him as an attorney. Having three children of his own, he understands the real-world difficulties and struggles that people face daily in the family law arena. Scott prides himself on quickly responding to his clients with honest advice about...
Rainer Armin Frank
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Puyallup, WA Divorce Attorney with 25 years experience
(253) 271-4605 1011 E Main
Suite 456
Puyallup, WA 98372
Divorce and Family
University of Toledo
Rainer Frank is a Senior Attorney at McKinley Irvin who handles family law cases related to divorce, child custody, child support, relocation, and unmarried couples. With more than 15 years of experience, Rainer represents clients with a variety of legal issues, including domestic partnerships, child support and parenting plan modifications, contempt proceedings, enforcement actions, and QDROs. He believes that the first priority in any family law matter is to get to know his client and understand their unique situation and needs. He works hard to avoid unnecessary adversity, but still treats each case as if he were preparing it for...
Rachel Rolfs
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney with 14 years experience
(253) 572-5845 917 Pacific Avenue
Suite 408
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Seattle University School of Law
I've been practicing family law in Pierce County since 2006, including divorces, custody, child support, modifications. I handle contested cases, agreed cases, and collaborative cases.
Janal Rich
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Federal Way, WA Divorce Attorney with 12 years experience
(253) 237-0546 33530 1st Way S
Suite 102
Federal Way, WA 98003
Divorce and Family
Michigan State University
Ms. Rich is a Seattle transplant and a Boeing spouse. She is the first person in her family to go to college or to receive a professional degree.
Ms. Rich has been a lawyer in the Puget Sound area since 2007. Ms. Rich's passion for helping families led her to becoming a Guardian ad Litem for King and Pierce Counties.
Ms. Rich is a mother of two girls (and the guardian of three cats). When not helping her clients, she is busy being a mom. Ms. Rich can be found at her daughter's soccer games or...
Jason Benjamin
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney with 23 years experience
(253) 300-4757 1201 Pacific Ave, Ste C7
Tacoma, WA 98499
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Jason Benjamin has spent the past 23 years immersing himself in the intricacies of family law and particularly child custody cases. He has personally handled more than 1000 cases where child custody is at issue.

He particularly welcomes families who have emergency custody, domestic violence or restraining order issues, as he can typically obtain appropriate orders within hours to protect you and the children.

From the beginning of his legal career, Jason has aggressively advocated on behalf of victims of domestic violence (even when domestic violence was not treated seriously by the courts). He understands the complexities of...
Lindsay Camandona
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Lindsay D. Camandona is a Senior Attorney with McKinley Irvin, a divorce and family law firm with offices throughout the Pacific Northwest. Lindsay practices out of the firm’s Puyallup and Tacoma office locations. As a family-oriented person herself, Lindsay is able to identify with her clients and treat their cases as if they were her own. In Lindsay’s own words, “It is my priority to achieve a successful resolution my clients can live and be happy with.”
Samuel Page
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney with 6 years experience
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Ave
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce and Family
Gonzaga University School of Law
Ronald Nerio
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Puyallup, WA Divorce Attorney with 13 years experience
(253) 655-4630 1011 E Main
Suite 456
Puyallup, WA 98372
Divorce and Domestic Violence
Golden Gate University School of Law
Since 2006, family law attorney Ron Nerio has dedicated himself to helping people through a legal process and coming out on the other side with a more hopeful future. His dedication to passionate, thoughtful advocacy is matched only by his litigation skills and stellar record of negotiating settlement agreements that are beneficial to his clients.

“When someone faces a divorce or other family law matter, I make sure they understand their rights, what they are entitled to, and how we are going to achieve the best possible results,” says Ron. “I start by alleviating the most pressing problems—providing some relief and...
Roger Colin Schweinler
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney with 28 years experience
(253) 471-7774 5202 Tacoma Mall Boulevard
Tacoma, WA 98409
Free ConsultationDivorce, Estate Planning, Family and Real Estate
University of Puget Sound
Roger Schweinler has over 25 years of experience in handling family law matters in Pierce County.

Roger is dependable and reliable, and provides a comforting atmosphere for his clients. He is experienced in litigating complex dissolution cases, as well as highly conflicted custody cases. He is also aware that dispute resolution can be a beneficial tool in reaching amicable settlements.

He is extremely well qualified in the mediation of family law issues. Mr. Schweinler's overall goal is to provide competent and reliable representation in order to obtain the best possible results for his clients.
Miryana Gerassimova
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Lawyer
1201 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2000
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Seattle Pacific University
Eric Engel
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Lawyer with 15 years experience
(253) 579-1513 1105 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce, Bankruptcy, Domestic Violence and Family
Washington State family lawyer handling divorce, child custody, and other types of family law cases in the Seattle, Washington area.
Lindsay Noel
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Seattle University School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Lindsay Noel is an attorney at McKinley Irvin’s Puyallup and Tacoma offices. As a divorce and family law attorney, Lindsay is experienced in a wide range of legal issues, such as custody, support, relocation, military family law, LGBT family law, and more. In her own words, “I approach family law cases with an open mind and learn as much about the client as possible.” Lindsay serves as Trustee for the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section and is a court appointed special advocate with the Family Law CASA of King County.
Matthew Yetter
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Auburn, WA Divorce Attorney with 12 years experience
(253) 833-2044 960 East Main Street
Auburn, WA 98002
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Personal Injury
Willamette University College of Law
Matthew J. Yetter received his Juris Doctor degree from the Willamette University College of Law where he received multiple academic awards. He also attended the University of Oregon College of Law as a visiting student. Prior to law school he attended Southern Utah University and Utah State. He joined Curry & Williams, PLLC in August 2007 and practices primarily in the area of divorce and family law and is a seasoned litigator who focuses his practice in King, Pierce, and Thurston counties.

Family Law disputes can be some of the most difficult times...
Andrew Kim
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney with 27 years experience
(253) 682-2000 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 600
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
University of Minnesota Law School
David Lutz
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney with 22 years experience
(253) 471-7774 5202 Tacoma Mall Blvd.
Tacoma, WA 98409
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence and Family
David Lutz was born in Charlotte NC. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimtz from 1987-1991. He graduated from University of the State of New York in 1989 with a Bachelor Degree in Business - Human Resources Management. In 1996 David graduated with cum laude honors from Seattle University School of Law. The following year he was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association. In 2011 he was admitted to the Federal District Court (Western District). He is a member of the Pierce County and Washington Family Law Sections. His practice is devoted exclusively to...
Laura M. Groves
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney with 14 years experience
(253) 220-7386 1001 S Yakima Ave
#1
Tacoma, WA 98405
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Chelsea Miller
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Lawyer
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Stetson University College of Law
Tracey V. Munger
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney
(253) 220-3511 1001 S Yakima Ave
#1
Tacoma, WA 98405
Divorce, Criminal and Domestic Violence
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
Amy Carei
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Lawyer with 5 years experience
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Ave
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Jennifer Durcan Andrews
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Attorney with 16 years experience
(253) 302-4849 2200 N. 30th Street
Suite 202
Tacoma, WA 98403
Divorce, Administrative and Family
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Kevin R. Richardson
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Lawyer with 28 years experience
(253) 474-4200 6915 Lakewood Drive West
Suite A-1
Tacoma, WA 98467
Free ConsultationDivorce, DUI and Juvenile
Jayde Yunique Logan
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Tacoma, WA Divorce Lawyer
(253) 952-4290 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
New England Law | Boston
Jayde has a passion for helping individuals faced with a family crisis, which is why she is drawn to family law. She has worked in family law for five years. Jayde is able to personally empathize with her clients' cases, making her both a compassionate and effective attorney to meet her clients' legal needs.
Lorraine Ely-Morrison
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LACEY, WA Divorce Lawyer with 23 years experience
(360) 491-1340 P. O. Box 8309
LACEY, WA 98509
Divorce and Family
University of Washington School of Law
Born and raised in Olympia, I have lived in the area all my life except one year in San Francisco and 3 years in Germany.
I returned to school when my children were through high school and it had long been my intention to practice Family Law. But after finishing my B. A. in Psychology, I wanted more depth in the subject so continued school until I had my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. I did an internship at Community Mental Health (now known as Behavioral Health Resources) diagnosing and Counseling Children, couples, and families for six months...
Peter Haroldson
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University Place, WA Divorce Lawyer with 14 years experience
(253) 581-0660 5316 Orchard Street West
University Place, WA 98467
Divorce, Elder, Estate Planning and Family
Tulane University School of Law
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Considering divorce?

If a person wishes to terminate his or her marriage, he or she may file for a divorce. In a divorce proceeding, the court will terminate the marriage and determine the rights and responsibilities of the divorcing parties regarding child custody, child visitation, child support and spousal support (alimony). The court will also redistribute marital assets.

Depending on where you reside and where your assets are, the division of property can be a very simple or very complex process. Disputes often arise during this phase of a divorce if the two parties disagree as to who should receive which assets or property.

Finding a divorce lawyer who is experienced and reliable can reduce your stress and help you make the best choices possible. A good divorce lawyer should be a problem solver who is skilled at negotiation and possesses a solid trial background. If both parties are open to alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration or mediation, finding a lawyer experienced in collaborative divorce or divorce mediation would be beneficial.

Divorce lawyers also handle child custody issues, including multi-state and international child custody situations. Some divorce lawyers may be certified by their states as being family law specialists. Certification often requires that a lawyer meet certain experience and educational criteria.


Legal Custody: A parent with legal custody has the right to decide on the child's upbringing, education, and medical care. A court may grant legal custody to one parent (sole legal custody) or both parents (joint legal custody).

Separate Property: Property acquired before marriage or during the marriage as a gift or inheritance, or bought during marriage with separate property.