Our Firm’s Philosophy
The family law and divorce firm of Akiona Law, PLLC’s central mission is to serve our clients! We do that by providing you with an honest and realistic case assessment or case plan tailored to the unique facts and circumstances of your divorce or family law case.
We’re not going to tell you what you want to hear so you hire us. We’re going to tell you what you need to hear!
You may not like it, and you may decide not to hire us because of it. We are fine with you hiring the lawyer who tells you what to hear and puffs up your expectations to get your hard-earned cash.
We will not do that. Why? It wouldn’t be honest.
We’re the only divorce lawyers who are going to tell you the facts are the facts, and they control the outcome of your divorce case! Not the lawyer. If you have bad facts in your divorce case, you need to know that. We’re going to be honest and tell you based on the facts in your divorce or family law case, the outcome you want is probably not going to happen.
If you’re open and willing to listen to that kind of hard truth, here’s what we’ll do to help you in your Washington State divorce. We’ll suggest a case strategy to minimize your bad facts, say, for example, in a child custody case. In a divorce where property division is at issue; such as, who gets the house, 401k retirement accounts or a pension, we’ll suggest a case strategy to reduce your exposure and achieve a favorable outcome in line with how the court may rule. Or, how your payment of spousal support or alimony is based not only on what the other person needs, but also on your ability to pay. Our goal is to help you get a favorable outcome in line with how a Washington State divorce court may rule.
We’re the only divorce law firm that when we suggest case strategies to achieve the goals in your divorce or family law case, we look at the big picture in terms of cost effectiveness, efficiency, and your mental health. Call your family law and divorce lawyers at Akiona Law, PLLC.
Cost effective doesn’t mean cheap. Don’t confuse the two. What it means is based on our experience in family law court and what the judges consider is…what’s the best way to present your divorce case; or, even better, what’s the best way to keep you out of a Washington State court, so you don’t spend tons of money on your divorce lawyer! Litigation, which is fighting in court, is expensive. Litigation basically means you’re paying your divorce lawyer to fight in court with your ex and leaving the decisions up to a stranger.
Sometimes divorce litigation is needed when serious issues are present, such as domestic violence, alcohol or drug abuse, mental health issues or personality disorders (ex., a narcissist or narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)). These cases (especially when a personality disorder is present) are known as “high conflict” divorce or “high conflict” child custody cases.
Other times, divorce litigation isn’t necessary, and it’s the divorce lawyer who may be pushing a party to go to court because the lawyer makes more money!
If we can keep you out of divorce court to keep your legal fees down, that’s what we’ll suggest. For example, rather than going to family law court first and then mediating, we’ll help you decide if a good case strategy is skipping court and heading directly to mediation. [**See my mediation YouTube videos for more information about the divorce mediation process.]
If court is unavoidable or necessary, we’ll develop a strategy tailored to the unique facts and circumstances of your Washington State divorce or family law case.
To help keep your legal fees down, we’ll ask you to take action and do some work in your family law or divorce case; such as:
(1) Gathering information. Example, texts messages, emails, any medical records, banks statements, pay stubs, W-2s, tax returns, retirement or pension statements;
(2) Getting witness or third party declarations from your family, friends or other people with personal knowledge about your divorce case based on what they’ve seen and witnessed; and
(3) Preparing your declaration.
Your declaration is your story. It’s in your head, and you’ve got to get it out. We can create your declaration for you from scratch, but it takes time and time means money.
We’ll fine tune your family law declaration by taking out parts that aren’t relevant or persuasive to the court. Or, parts that may hurt your divorce case. We’ll focus your story on what is important and relevant based on our combined 30 years’ experience in Washington State divorce court.
It’s important you follow our instructions in putting your divorce case together and send us the information we’re asking; whether it’s going to court to establish child custody or child support, changing a parenting plan, moving to a different city or state, asking for alimony or spousal maintenance, or filing for a Washington State divorce because:
(1) It helps keeps your divorce legal fees down; and
(2) It helps us to present your divorce case to a Washington State court or for family law mediation.
We understand filing for divorce or going to court to establish custody for your children results in feelings of powerlessness, uncertainty and fear about what will happen. That is why we firmly believe, as your divorce lawyers, we serve you best by giving you something most lawyers won’t do in your divorce case…an honest and realistic case assessment based on the good and bad facts in your Washington State divorce case. We then suggest a strategy taking into account the unique facts and circumstances of your divorce or family case. When we suggest a case strategy or recommend you take a certain action in your divorce case, it’s so you can be in control and have the final say instead of some stranger. It’s about empowerment.
Read through our website to find out how the family law and divorce lawyers at Akiona Law, PLLC can help you. If you’re ready to schedule your consultation with one of Akiona Law, PLLC’s divorce lawyers, call 425-740-2209 or fill out our “Contact Us” form.