Family Law

Lindsay & Lindsay Attorneys at Law, has two decades worth of legal knowledge and experience in family law. As divorce attorney, we know the difficulties facing you and your family in times of separation and transition.

Although our primary practice is in Kitsap County, our firm handles family law actions in Belfair, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, Silverdale & Poulsbo WA and surrounding areas of Washington. With the help of our knowledgeable staff, you will always be well informed and know that we are here to answer your various questions and issues as they arise.

The Traditional Litigation Approach

Every case is different, and the legal action taken will depend upon the facts of your case. Some cases require immediate action in the form of a restraining order for either personal safety or financial concerns. Other cases require temporary orders which may address issues varying from spousal maintenance provisions, to temporary parenting plans and orders of child support, to the payment of attorney fees and the temporary allocation and use of personal or real property while the case is pending.

The Collaborative Law Approach

Collaborative Law is another option for resolution of a dissolution matter in the State of Washington. Under the Collaborative Law approach, the attorneys representing each client are specially trained in the collaborative model which emphasizes a mediation approach rather than an approach which goes through the court system. The primary difference between the Collaborative model and traditional litigation is the Collaborative model strives to resolve the issues facing families in transition by allowing the parties to work together as a team in forging an outcome that they agree upon and control, rather than going to court, being in conflict with one another, and allowing a third party (a judge) to make the decisions regarding the party’s children and property.

Under the collaborative model, openness, honesty, respect, and communication are paramount, in the hopes that once the case is resolved, the parties will continue to have open communication as they continue to move forward in their lives.

Your divorce lawyer can discuss which option may be right for you and your matter.

Adoption

Adopting a child is an exciting and joyful occasion for families but the legal process can be a bit intimidating. There are many requirements and legal forms to complete to have a child initially placed in a home and even more to finalize the adoption.

Different kinds of adoptions include:

• Stepparent adoption

• Relative adoption

• Private adoption

• Foster parent adoption

• International adoption

The attorneys and staff at Lindsay & Lindsay are experienced in the various types of adoption and we are confident we can help you with your adoption experience and bring you the closure and completeness you are seeking with this new and wonderful addition to your family.

Paternity Issues

Washington State has adopted the Uniform Parentage Act to deal with issues facing men and women who have children when they are not married to one another. Typically, parentage actions involve one or more of the following issues:

• Identification and establishment of parentage (i.e., identifying the biological father)

• Disestablishment of parentage (i.e., removing a presumed or acknowledged father and identifying the correct biological father)

• Custody determinations, and setting up residential schedules and visitation
• Establishment of a parenting plan

• Establishment of child support

• Establishing back child support amounts owed (if any)

• Modification of an existing parenting plan and/or child support order

• Contempt, or enforcement, of court orders already in place, like the parenting plan and/or child support orders

Mediation Services

Mediation is an informal process where an impartial mediator works with parties to resolve a conflict by guiding or facilitating the conversation. Mediation is a private and confidential process where parties have the opportunity to explore options and develop realistic and workable solutions. Mediation is an excellent option for family law cases and parties who wish to have a say in the outcome of their conflict. Angela has taken the 40-hour mediation training and has conducted numerous Settlement Conferences on behalf of the Kitsap County Superior Court as a Pro Tem Judge.

We Efficiently Manage the Legal Complexities of Your Case

Knowing which action to commence on behalf of a client involves a careful assessment of the facts of each case. Actions that are improperly commenced waste precious time, money, and resources most clients cannot afford to lose. Your Lindsay & Lindsay attorney will be able to guide you through the various options available as you proceed through the legal process.

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