Lakebay, Washington Family Lawyers

Kelly LeBlanc
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Strong and compassionate family law attorney. Call today!

I’m an experienced Washington family lawyer dedicated to helping my clients at every stage of the legal process. My practice includes simple and complex divorce cases, 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 divorce and family law cases.

I am a Tacoma family lawyer with extensive experience in many types of family law cases. My practice includes simple and complex divorce, property division, spousal and 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 family law and divorce lawyer and will fight for the best results for you and your children. My practice includes large asset cases, child support, spousal support, and child custody and visitation. Read More »
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Marc Andrew Moses
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Washington Family Law 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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Sarah Thorpe
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Washington Family Law Attorney

Seattle University School of Law
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Lakebay, WA Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(713) 359-6715 2913 Thoren Shores Dr KP S
Lakebay, WA 98349
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Criminal
University of Houston Law Center
Marc Andrew Moses
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GIG HARBOR, WA Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(206) 456-4456 5790 SOUNDVIEW DRIVE
STE 201-D
GIG HARBOR, WA 98335
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
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.
Kimberly April
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Lakewood, WA Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(253) 753-2923 10116 36th St Ct SW, Ste 310
Lakewood, WA 98499
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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...
Peggy Fraychineaud Gross
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Steilacoom, WA Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(253) 272-7152 E.R. Rogers Mansion
1702 Commercial St.
Steilacoom, WA 98388
Family and Divorce
Marc Christianson
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
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.
Edgar Hall
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(206) 535-2559 535 Dock St Ste 108
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Collections and Foreclosure Defense
University of San Diego School of Law
My practice is focused is focused on resolving debt issues, protecting assets, and litigation regarding the same for individuals and small to mid size businesses. Prior to founding Washington Debt Law, PLLC, I worked at one of the largest creditor side law firms, representing financial institutions in bankruptcy, eviction, foreclosure, and litigation matters.

Having both creditor and debtor side experience brings a nuanced approach in dealing with creditors as I am familiar with their tactics, budgets, resources, and how best to find an effective approach. Our major solutions focus on litigation, settlement, bankruptcy, and out of court...
F. Richard Ricketts
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(253) 237-1736 1130 Broadway Plaza
Suite 202
Tacoma, WA 98402
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
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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Mark Randall Arend
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Puyallup, WA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(253) 271-4605 1011 E Main
Suite 456
Puyallup, WA 98372
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
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...
Janice K. Langbehn
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney with 1 year experience
(253) 471-7774 5202 Tacoma Mall Boulevard
Tacoma, WA 98409
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
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...
Jason Benjamin
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(253) 300-4757 1201 Pacific Ave, Ste C7
Tacoma, WA 98499
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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...
Jeanne Sockle
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Olympia, WA Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(360) 866-7100 3025 Limited Ln NW Ste 200
Olympia, WA 98502
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Washington State Bar Assn Law Clerk Program and Evergreen State College
Jeanne Sockle is a principle and managing partner in Morris-Sockle, PLLC. She is a successful civil litigator who has focused her legal practice on complex litigation, primarily catastrophic injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Above all else, she is a strong client advocate, dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and providing access to the civil justice system through confident, compassionate, and skilled legal representation. Jeanne is a graduate of the Washington State Bar Association Law Clerk Program (APR6). Washington is one of the few states that continues to provide this alternative means of studying law. Rather than attending...
Chad Eubanks
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(253) 576-7958 826 S Madison St
Tacoma, WA 98405
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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.
Erik Jon Bjornson
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(253) 272-1434 615 Commerce, Suite 204
Tacoma, WA 98402
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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...
Rachel Rolfs
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(253) 572-5845 917 Pacific Avenue
Suite 408
Tacoma, WA 98402
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
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.
Brian M. Anthoney
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Port Orchard, WA Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(360) 895-0250 2472 Bethel Rd. SE
Port Orchard, WA 98366
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
University of Washington School of Law and University of Oregon School of Law
I worked as a civil trial lawyer prior to focusing exclusively on family law. I have extensive experience negotiating contentious and emotional cases.

Outside the office, I enjoy gardening, hiking, and spending time with my wife and our two daughters.
Rainer Armin Frank
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Puyallup, WA Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(253) 271-4605 1011 E Main
Suite 456
Puyallup, WA 98372
Family and Divorce
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...
Kelly LeBlanc
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(253) 300-4757 1201 Pacific Ave, Ste C7
Tacoma, WA 98402
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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.

As a GAL, Kelly...
Rita Herrera Irvin
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Family and Divorce
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...
Sarah Elizabeth Hovland
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(844) 923-2645 201 St Helens Ave
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Tacoma, WA 98402
Tacoma, WA Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
Family and Divorce
University of Warwick School of Law and Gonzaga University School of Law

Sarah is a person (who happens to also be an attorney) fueled by compassion, curiosity, and the desire to see justice prevail. She started her path towards the legal profession at age 7 when she negotiated her first deal: to stay up past her bedtime. She did not win. Several decades later, she applied this and many other life lessons to the practice of law. In her spare time, you can find Sarah at the local dog park trying and failing to get her dog to fetch a tennis ball, playing on the water, listening to music, traveling around this...
Roger Colin Schweinler
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(253) 471-7774 5202 Tacoma Mall Boulevard
Tacoma, WA 98409
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning 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.
Laurie G. Robertson
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(844) 923-2645 201 St Helens Ave
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Tacoma, WA 98402
Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
New York Law School
Laurie Robertson has been practicing family law since 1996. As a seasoned and aggressive divorce lawyer, she is extremely familiar with Washington state's complicated laws. She is a compassionate and caring attorney driven by results, and she knows her way around the court room.

Attorney Robertson's extensive experience and legal knowledge allow her to serve a range of client needs. Laurie earned her B.A in psychology at Rutgers University, New Jersey. She earned her J.D. at New York Law School in New York City. After law school, she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and worked for a firm which focused on family...
Barry J. Wallis
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(253) 272-1245 1101 Fawcett Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationTacoma, WA Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
Family, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
University of Oregon
Amy Carei
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Ave
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Seattle University School of Law
Mr. Mark A Morenz-Harbinger
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(253) 234-1205 c/o Union Club
539 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationFamily, Civil Rights, Divorce and Estate Planning
Northern Kentucky University
Anthony Scott Marlow
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(253) 300-4757 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite C7
Tacoma, WA 98402
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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...
Ji Kim
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Lakewood, WA Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(253) 584-1369 8718 S Tacoma Way, A2
Lakewood, WA 98499
Family and Immigration
Lewis & Clark Law School
Jayde Yunique Logan
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Lawyer
(253) 952-4290 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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.
Jamie Walker
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Lawyer
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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.”
Lindsay Noel
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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.
Janal Rich
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Federal Way, WA Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(253) 237-0546 33530 1st Way S
Suite 102
Federal Way, WA 98003
Family and Divorce
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...
Lindsay Camandona
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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.”
Ingrid R Zerpa
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Olympia, WA Family Law Attorney with 3 years experience
(360) 701-0864 1226 State Ave NE
Olympia, WA 98506
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Seattle University School of Law
Ingrid attended Seattle University School of Law, receiving her Juris Doctorate degree in May of 2015. In law school, she served as the secretary for the Latinx Law Student Association and dedicated her time to helping communities in need through volunteering and internships with The Defender Association Dependency Department, Northwest Justice Project’s foreclosure assistance program, the Legal Action Center in Seattle, and Snohomish County Legal Services.

After law school, Ingrid received the prestigious 2015 Goldmark Equal Access to Justice internship, and worked at The STAR Project (Successful Transition & Reentry) in Walla Walla, helping recently released felons reduce their legal financial...
Laura M. Groves
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(253) 220-7386 1001 S Yakima Ave
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Tacoma, WA 98405
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Seattle University School of Law
Jessica McKeegan Jensen
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Olympia, WA Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(360) 705-1335 1516 Fourth Ave East
Olympia, WA 98506
Family, Business, Estate Planning and Real Estate
University of Maine - School of Law
Samuel Page
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(253) 256-1265 1201 Pacific Ave
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Family and Divorce
Gonzaga University School of Law
Melissa Marie Denton
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Olympia, WA Family Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(360) 357-8669 2401 Bristol Court SW #A-101
Olympia, WA 98502
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Oklahoma
Ascher & Denton has been providing top quality legal services to families in Thurston County. We focus on helping people through the legal process at the least cost, emotionally and financially. This focus is not about being cheap, it is about providing the best value and doing things right with long term consequences in mind. Litigation is exhausting and expensive and we avoid wasted time and avoid hurting anyone's feelings as much as possible. It is just the right way to do family law.
Michael H. Scholl
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(253) 274-1732 P.O. Box 6942
Tacoma, WA 98417
Family and Divorce
University of Puget Sound
Andrew Kim
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(253) 682-2000 1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 600
Tacoma, WA 98402
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
University of Minnesota Law School
Virginia Clifford
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Olympia, WA Family Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(360) 357-3007 2952 Limited Lane NW Suite A
Olympia, WA 98502
Family, Elder and Estate Planning
Case Western Reserve University
David Lutz
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Tacoma, WA Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(253) 471-7774 5202 Tacoma Mall Blvd.
Tacoma, WA 98409
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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...
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


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