SOLVING PROBLEMS IN DIVORCE
We encourage agreements in family law cases whenever possible and incorporate negotiation into our law practice.
The process of hiring an attorney and filing for divorce can sometimes cause even more conflict than already exists in a relationship. We try to minimize the conflict that can potentially escalate and propose multiple solutions designed to accommodate the needs of both parties to a divorce.
In divorces with children, we keep in mind that both parties are going to be co-parenting for years to come and therefore need the tools to be able to come to agreements along the way. We will listen to your concerns and tailor a parenting plan to fit your unique family dynamics. Our goal is to make the process of divorce less burdensome, less time consuming and more financially economical for you and your children.
Personally, I have been practicing law for nearly 15 years and have seen a lot of damage done by conflicts in divorce. Whether or not you receive a favorable result, after the financial and emotional drain on the parties and their children, no one really "wins." Therefore, I have been focusing more on negotiation since I established my own practice in 2000. I also have my own family and understand that time is in short supply. Therefore, I want to offer an opportunity for divorcing couples to move on with as little emotional damage to themselves and their children as possible. I offer a reasonable rate for a specific type of person: that is, one who wants to get on with life and focus on raising children rather than continue fighting with a former partner or spouse.
I offer the option of both parties sitting down with me in an attempt to negotiate a settlement and have been very successful helping people reach agreements by understanding Washington Family Law. If that is not possible, I can meet with you by yourself to educate you as to the law so that you can better discuss a settlement with your spouse.
I offer a flat fee for non-contested divorce and other family law matters including child support modifications and custody agreements.
Are you residing in the State of Washington but outside of Clark County? Ask about scheduling an appointment via telephone conference call. If the parties are able to reach an agreement during or after our conference, I can draft the papers and send them to you to review via email or fax. You can then file them in your county under my instruction or I can file them for you here in Clark County.
I understand that you may hope that your case will be uncontested but that is not always a reality. If both parties meet with me to try to reach an agreement but that just does not happen, I will withdraw from further representation and both parties can seek new counsel. Usually if we cannot reach an agreement within about an hour (or if the parties cannot come back with an agreement following our meeting) each party will need to hire a separate attorney for a contested matter. However, if one party comes in seeking advice without the other party,we can discuss continued representation of that client should the matter become contested. -Kari Rose-Adams
Family Law Handbook - www.courts.wa.gov/newsinfo/content/pdf/familylawhandbook.pdf
Washington State Court Forms - www.courts.wa.gov/forms