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The Law Firm of Lucas D. McWethy is a full service law firm that is client focused and results driven. Family Law is a diverse field that covers Divorce, Asset Division, Child Custody, Parenting Plans, Child support, and more. As a Snohomish County Family Law Attorney I know that if you do not assert and protect your rights, they can be lost forever. The steps you take now could determine the outcome of your case months or even years down the road.
Divorce is a typically an emotionally driven process that can escalate very quickly. Washington State has a required 90 day cooling off period that must be observed before a divorce can be finalized. In this 90 days many things can happen that can derail an otherwise amicable separation. The involvement of a divorce lawyer can ease the emotional stress, ensure the proper documents are prepared and filed, and help to create space between you and the other person. On the other hand, if the divorce is not amicable, you need someone on your side that knows and can protect your rights. With the sheer number of issues that can arise, you need someone on your side to fight for you.
Asset Division is thought to be very straight forward in Washington State. Being a community property state means the presumption is that all marital assets are divided down the middle (both assets and debt). But the complexity arises when placing a value on objects that have value beyond the list price. The issue is further complicated by the courts mandated to make the division fair and equitable. This means the court has the ability to award one party a larger division of the assets if finds that that division would be fair and equitable. Because of the these complexities it is essential to have a Family Law Lawyer representing your interests and protecting your rights.
Child custody is almost always an area of contention. While many times these issues are able to be worked out short of trial, if they are not you have to be prepared. The courts will make a determination of what is in the best interest of the child, taking into consideration a large amount of information from experts (therapist, GAL etc.), family, friends, and the child depending on their age. This issues should never be handled alone.
Parenting Plans can be difficult to complete, but are essential to the long term effectiveness of co-parenting. Additionally, once they are agreed to and entered in, they can be difficult to modify. This is why it is you need a skilled Family Law Attorney with you to discuss your rights and help craft a fair parenting plan. If you are the victim of a poorly crafted parenting plan and are in need of a modification, contact us to discuss how we can assist you in modifying the parenting plan to regain your parental rights.
Child Support is largely governed by the Washington State Child Support Schedule. Similar to a parenting plan, once the amount has been set it may be difficult to change. A Family Law Attorney can assist you in verifying that either your wage has properly applied any deductions you qualify for or that the other party is properly reporting all their income. If you are looking for a modification of a child support order, contact us to discuss how we can assist you in modifying the child support order to either receive or pay a fair amount.
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