Areas of Practice

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♦ Dissolution
Parentage Actions/Special Needs Children
 Committed Intimate Relationships
Domestic Violence Protection Orders
Mental Health/Chemical Dependency
Contempt
Decree Review

Dissolution/Separation
cropped-houses.jpgThe decision to separate from your loved one is one of the most difficult
decisions any individual will make. Few people fell secure enough to navigate through the major decisions of child custody, financial support, and division of assets. Using our knowledge base and compassion, we will guide you through the intimidating array of issues that arise. We maintain a no-nonsense attitude and forward drive to ensure you receive the most effective representation in the shortest time possible. Whether your case is a high-asset dissolution fraught with antagonism or a simple divorce, we will review every detail and apprise you of all options.

Parentage Actions
Version 2Having a child with someone means he/she will probably remain in your life for a long time. In any situation the best interest of your child/children must come first. Establishing a strong Parenting Plan that is based on both parents’ needs and abilities is the best method of moving forward and avoiding disputes. Your child/children require security, not fear of fighting; they deserve freedom from conflict. A well-crafted plan anticipates normal changes and unexpected needs that may occur and need to be addressed as the child/children mature. Over many years I have worked with families who have children with special challenges such as Autism, ADHD, or the trauma exposure to Domestic Abuse. We also specialize in the creation of trusts and guardianships required for children unable to care for themselves as adults.

Committed Intimate Relationships
WIMG_2433hat if you never married? Washington law treats couples who never married very much the same as those who did. You may have rights you were not aware of that will ensure your financial needs are met when your relationship ends. Ariella has a wealth of experience in addressing these types of relationships and reviewing the financial picture carefully so that your rights are protected.

Domestic Violence Protection Orders
fullsizeoutput_4a93Oftentimes Domestic Violence leads to the destruction of a relationship. That moment when an individual realizes they can no longer sacrifice themselves to an abusive relationship is the moment the hard work begins. Seeking a Protection Order takes courage. However, it can also be essential to making sure you are safe when you make that difficult decision to leave. Protection Orders can cover the individual and children depending on the circumstances.

Mental Health/Chemical Dependency
fullsizeoutput_4a92Whether it is you or your partner who has a history of mental health issues or chemical or alcohol dependency, this is an important factor in your case. In many instances, restrictions on visitation with children are imposed in these circumstances. Understanding the reasons for these restrictions and how to lift them is an important element in your case. Ariella has extensive experience working with individuals facing these challenges and is adept at navigating through the system to provide careful and considerate representation in these special cases.

Contempt
fullsizeoutput_4a97There is nothing more frustration than a former partner or co-parent who will not follow an existing Court Order. We aggressively attack these cases to ensure compliance.

Decree Review – Vacating a Decree of Dissolution

divorce-619195_640The presumption in Washington is that a Decree of Dissolution is final.  However, in certain circumstances, a Decree can be vacated.  The goal of Washington Courts is to provide a division of assets that is “fair and equitable.”  If this has not happened, there are opportunities to review a Decree and move for the Decree to be Vacated.  And inequitable or unfair result may have occurred where one party had a disability that was not accounted for in reaching the settlement, where a party engaged in misrepresentation or fraud, or where a party did not receive proper service.  In some instances, individuals just want to know whether they received a fair settlement.  A thorough review of your Decree can help answer lingering questions and potentially result in recovery of assets you should have been entitled to initially.