My mission is to help my clients have the best possible divorce. As a divorce lawyer with over 29 years of experience, an experienced mediator, and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® professional, I have helped my clients address a wide range of issues with excellent outcomes. Washington Law and Politics magazine has rated me among the "25 best" family law attorneys statewide. I am the 2005 recipient of the "Attorney of the Year" award from the Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section, a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, have been selected annually since 2007 for the "Super Lawyers" list by Washington Law and Politics magazine, and am rated "AV" (preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell based on peer reviews.
I also assist clients in other family law matters, including living together (cohabitation) agreements, prenuptial agreements, marital and family mediation (mediation that helps families address issues and get back on track), and mediating or facilitating matters that affect individuals and communities.
If you can preserve (or create) a working relationship with your co-parent, your children will do better. Children don't do well when their parents fight or display anger or contempt towards each other. Court battles tend to increase anger and perpetuate power struggles, and adversely affect children compared to reaching an agreement. Court battles are also very expensive—both financially and emotionally. It's rare for parents to be able to work well as co-parents following a court battle, and their children inevitably pay the highest price. If you choose Collaborative Law or Mediation, you have the opportunity to lay the foundation for a healthier future for your children by working constructively towards divorce agreements that create two healthy co-parenting households and take into account what is important to all.