A Divorce Lawyer Connecting Your Family To Answers
The law looks at marriage and divorce within a general framework. But individuals going through a divorce are operating within a specific set of facts and circumstances; often struggling with what is the best decision for themselves and their families. As family law and divorce lawyers in Everett, Washington, we help our clients bridge the gap between the law and their family lives so they can walk away from a divorce knowing their voices were heard.
Comprehensive Solutions From Your Attorney
We emphasize a client-focused atmosphere in which the individuals we represent can contact us directly for counsel at any stage in the process. We keep them informed of the opportunities they have for a favorable outcome, and what decisions might create more obstacles than others.
Our team handles a wide range of family law and divorce issues, including those related to:
Property division: We provide assistance in establishing property and asset division agreements, and we will aggressively pursue the equitable distribution of complex marital assets.
Children’s issues: We skillfully handle all family law matters that pertain to children, including parental rights, parental fitness and the best interests of children involved in a divorce.
Postsecondary or college-aged financial support: Standard divorce proceedings do not necessarily plan for support beyond the age of 18. We can help fight for this support when necessary or argue against the establishment of this type of support when it is not called for.
Spousal support: We understand how to effectively negotiate and argue the terms of spousal support (alimony or spousal maintenance) agreements.
Modifications: A change in circumstances can result in the modification of a divorce agreement, including terms related to child custody and child support.
Domestic violence and harassment: We have extensive experience handling issues of safety and civil accusations that involve domestic violence and harassment.
The methods we use to resolve your divorce issues may involve mediation or courtroom proceedings. It all depends upon your relationship with your spouse and how willing both parties are to work collaboratively through the process.
For Help With Divorce And All Related Issues, Contact Akiona Law, PLLC
Looking Out For Our Clients Through Legal Separation
There are many reasons why legal separation would be more valuable for some people than a traditional divorce. Many of our clients have come to us for legal separation because their religious beliefs go against divorce. Others want to maintain their valuable medical insurance benefits that they would lose in a divorce. Whatever the reason, if you are considering a divorce or legal separation, it is important to work with an experienced, knowledgeable and detail-oriented lawyer who can help defend your interests.
Our founder, Ululani “Lani” Akiona, started practicing law in Hawaii and has been in Washington for many years. In that time, she has helped many couples in Everett And Snohomish County with the legal aspects of separation. She, and the rest of the team at Akiona Law, PLLC, is focused on helping our clients with the best outcomes possible in their cases, and we make sure we are looking out for them during the process, as well. Call 425-249-3755, toll free at 866-892-0169, or contact us online to discuss your case.
Divorce And Separation
Divorce and legal separation in Washington operate in nearly the same way. Both stop the accrual of community property the moment the petitions are filed and both establish child support, parenting plan and spousal maintenance. It takes six months from the date the petition for legal separation is filed and served on the opposing party to convert to a divorce decree. In contrast, it takes 90 days from the date the petition for dissolution is filed and served on the opposing party to enter a decree of dissolution.
Helping Resolve Complications When A Relationship Ends
Although legal separation may seem a less harsh or drastic approach than a divorce, there are a number of issues that need to be dealt with in a legal separation just as they would in a divorce. Our team can help you through the numerous complications in separation, including:
- Dividing community property into separate property and assigning responsibility for community debt
- Child support
- Child custody/parenting plans
- Turning the separation decree into an official divorce (after six months)
Through our years of experience as a Washington divorce and separation lawyer, we have found the mediation process to be a useful tool for many clients. Similar to a divorce, if parties approach mediation with the right attitude, it can help separating couples resolve their remaining issues efficiently and without the acrimony involved in traditional litigation.