Seattle Family Law Attorney
Legal Assistance for Family Law in Seattle
There is virtually almost no area of the law that is as prone to emotional difficulties as that of family law. Due to the deeply sensitive and emotional nature of the issues surrounding the law, it has the largest ability to cause emotional strife and difficulty in the lives of those who are dealing with it. For this reason, having an experienced attorney on your side is an extremely important part of the family law / divorce process that should not be taken lightly. Although no lawyer can make the issue disappear, a compassionate and knowledgeable family lawyer will be able to make the process as painless and effective as possible.
Family Lawyer: Areas of Practice
At Engel Law Group, we believe strongly in providing trustworthy and reputable legal advice. We know how important it is to provide our clients with assistance that they can rely on and we are therefore fully devoted to ensuring that we do everything that we can to assist. One of our major areas of practice is in helping clients who are entering into a divorce. This has many issues that branch outwards and we are proud to help with issues related to all areas of family law. You can find helpful information on this site pertaining to such topics as:
The manner in which you approach your divorce may have a direct influence on the amount of time and money you spend – not to mention the amount of stress you have to deal with during and after the process. At our Seattle law firm, we handle our clients' divorce cases on an individual basis. We take care to provide personal attention and knowledgeable counsel in standard divorce cases as well as more complex matters such as high net worth divorce and
military divorce. Click here to read more
Collaborative divorce offers a friendly and less time consuming alternative to a contested divorce in court. At the beginning of the collaborative process, both spouses sign an agreement that they will cooperate with one another to reach a resolution outside of the courtroom. We handle collaborative and hybrid collaborative divorces throughout Seattle. Click here to read more
about collaborative divorce.
Some divorces are amicable; others are plagued by disagreements related to every aspect of the separation agreement. In a contested divorce, parties cannot agree on certain terms and must therefore turn to the court to intervene and make a ruling for them. Whether your case can be resolved inside or outside of the courtroom, you can count on our experienced and personalized representation to guide you through. Click here to read more about contested divorce.
For some spouses, divorce is not an option they wish to consider, whether for personal, financial or religious reasons. They must still resolve issues related to support, custody and property, and an attorney at our firm can help with this. While divorce and legal separation share many commonalities, the difference between them is simple: divorce legally terminates the marriage and legal separation allows the couple to remain officially married. Click here to read more about legal separations.
Mediation is a process of resolving a dispute where a neutral third party acts to facilitate an agreement between the parties involved. A resolution is sought through communication and reasoning as opposed to litigation in court. Mediation isn't right for everyone, but may be optimal for couples facing a relatively conflict-free divorce. Many times, mediation is a less expensive alternative to divorce litigation. Click here to read more about mediation.
After a divorce has been finalized, this is not necessarily the end of legal matters that may need to be resolved between ex-spouses. A change in circumstances may call for post-decree modification, or a spouse's noncompliance with custody or support orders may call for
post-divorce litigation. Click here to read more
about post-decree matters.
Pro Se Services
When a person wishes to handle their own divorce, this may be called a pro se divorce. We offer helpful services in this regard, providing knowledgeable support in these matters. If you are looking forward to a divorce an plan on handling the legal proceedings by yourself, consider speaking with a Seattle divorce lawyer from our firm first.Click here to read more about our pro se services.
To complete an uncontested divorce, spouses must agree on all relevant issues (custody, support and property) without the need for the court to intervene. This is generally the swiftest and least expensive form of divorce. Click here to read more about uncontested divorce.
Hiring a Divorce Lawyer
If you're considering filing for divorce in the Seattle area, we cannot stress enough the benefit of involving an attorney. You need to be fully prepared for this and may face obstacles that you could not have foreseen. An attorney can protect your rights and financial interests through the entire process. Click here to read more about hiring a divorce lawyer.
Custody is often one of the most difficult issues for spouses to resolve in a divorce. We offer experienced counsel and information related to legal and
parent relocation and more. Click here to read more
about child custody.
A non-custodial parent may be able to seek visitation time with his or her child. This can make a significant difference in the parent's ability to maintain a meaningful relationship with the child. Like any child custody dispute, visitation agreements are important to the wellbeing of the child and the parents. Click here to read more about visitation.
Even if parents get a divorce, they will be required to contribute to their child's well-being. Child support may therefore be required for food, shelter and the child's other needs. Our firm handles child support agreements, enforcement and modifications for our Seattle clients. Click here to read more
about child support.
A cohabitation agreement may be entered into by a same-sex couple or a man and woman who do not wish to get married. It outlines specifications regarding property, assets, alimony and other important matters in the event that they should separate. Click here to read more about cohabitation agreements.
Domestic violence is defined as violence between members of the same household, spouses or ex-spouses, people in a romantic relationship or family members. Child abuse and
spousal abuse may both be considered forms of domestic violence, as may elder abuse and child endangerment or neglect. Click here to read more
about domestic violence.
Orders of Protection
An order of protection may be sought by a victim of domestic violence in order to prohibit further contact or harm from the alleged abuser. Our firm helps clients who seek to obtain or challenge orders of protection and restraining orders in the Seattle area. Click here to read more
about orders of protection.
Family Law Mediation
Mediation may be a valuable tool in virtually any type of family law matter, offering disputing parties an opportunity to resolve the matter in an amicable manner. Divorce, custody and support mediation may enable spouses or ex-spouses to reach mutually beneficial agreements. Click here to read more about family law mediation.
As a father, you have certain rights and responsibilities in regard to your child or children. You may have the right to custody and may be obligated to pay child support, or you may be entitled to child support if you have primary custody. We are dedicated to preserving the rights of fathers in all types of family law matters. Click here to read more Fathers' Rights.
When paternity is in question, this will directly impact family law cases related to child custody, child support and visitation rights. Additionally, paternity is important to the emotional health and wellbeing of the child and the child's father. Without legal paternity, the child may not be able to collect support from his / her father. We handle these cases with professionalism and the utmost client care. Click here to read more about paternity.
Many unmarried couples are hesitant to talk about divorce before marriage, but you can still discuss this type of agreement with your spouse – even after the wedding ceremony. After spouses are married, they may wish to complete a postnuptial agreement in order to sort out issues related to their property, assets, children and finances in the event of a divorce or separation. Click here to read more about postnuptial agreements.
Prenuptial agreements can be intimidating, but they can also help couples establish a sense of trust and honest without each other before marriage. With more people marrying later in life, when they already have valuable assets or careers, or remarrying when they already have children, working out a prenuptial agreement is a good way to protect their legal rights and financial assets in the event of a divorce or separation. Click here to read more about prenuptial agreements.
In the middle of a heated divorce, one of the most common questions asked by soon-to-be divorcees is, "Who will get the house?" Addressing property, assets and
debt can be a difficult part of a divorce. We address cases involving the
division of marital property with careful preparation, using our resources and experience to protect our client's financial concerns to the fullest extent. Click here to read more
about property division.
There are various reasons that a parent may wish to relocate to another county, state or even another country with their child or children. When a custody order is in place, however, it will be necessary for the relocating parent to get court approval to move. Unfortunately, these cases can lead to serious disagreements between the child's parents. Click here to read more about relocation.
Same-Sex Legal Issues
Gay and lesbian couples who are domestic partners may face some of the same legal issues as married couples, in terms of working out agreements regarding property, alimony and assets. We represent the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in these matters. Click here to read more
about same-sex legal issues.
Spousal support, often referred to as alimony or palimony, is an amount of money paid by one ex-spouse to another after a divorce or separation. This money may help the dependent spouse transition into unmarried life or may provide a means of financial survival until they are able to become self-supporting. Click here to read more
about spousal support/alimony.
Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
A qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) is a legal order that alters or divides ownership of stock options, pension benefits, 401(k) plans or other financial assets. If you are facing this type of case, our qualified Seattle family law attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options. Click here to read more Qualified Domestic Relations Orders.
Why hire a family lawyer from our firm?
If you are currently struggling with issues that involve family law, you should not waste another moment in contacting an attorney from our legal team. Over the years, we have carved ourselves a reputation for providing careful and dependable legal assistance for those who truly deserve it. Should you place your case into our hands, you will be able to breathe easier knowing that you will have placed it in truly capable hands. We know what is at stake and will do everything that we can to help you achieve your optimum outcome. Even when the situation is daunting, we will be by your side, helping protect your best interests as we navigate you through the looping language and complex nature of family law.
To learn more about how we can help you, contact a Seattle family lawyer from our firm today!