Divorce & Family Law

Everett, Washington Area Divorce Lawyer

Because of the sensitive and often emotional nature of family law matters, it can be difficult for those involved to see the big picture. People in a crisis situation, or those facing an unfamiliar legal challenge, benefit greatly when they can draw upon the knowledge of an experienced family law attorney.

The St. Clair Law Office is a small, professional law firm devoted to offering high-quality legal services in the area of family law and divorce. From our office in Marysville, we provide legal services to residents of Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties.

Contact our Everett area law firm at 866-690-0798 or 360-654-4925 for a consultation with a skilled divorce lawyer.

Snohomish County Family Court Attorney

Our law firm is led by Washington native Patricia Jo Nelson, a seasoned trial attorney with more than 32 years of legal experience. For the last 10 years, attorney Nelson has focused her legal practice almost exclusively on family law and divorce.

We provide practical legal advice and protective, assertive advocacy for clients caught up in the emotional and financial complexities of divorce and other family disputes. Even if both parties have the best intentions, conflict can often arise. Having an advocate on your side from the beginning can improve your chances at finding acceptable solutions.

Basic Information About Divorce and Legal Separation in Washington State

Washington is a no-fault divorce state. The minimum amount of time it takes to get a divorce in Washington is 90 days, whether or not there are children involved. The first step in the divorce process is an initial hearing to set temporary agreements regarding child support, spousal maintenance, a parenting plan and financial matters. If, after 90 days, the spouses are unable to agree on a permanent divorce agreement, they may proceed to a divorce trial. Some counties encourage mediation before a divorce trial, whereas other counties — Skagit County is one example — may require it.

Legal separation is a potential alternative to divorce proceedings, when the chance for reconciliation exists. A legal separation agreement is similar to a divorce in that it governs many of the same issues as a divorce, but it does not dissolve the marriage. A legal separation agreement creates a binding contract regarding child support, property division, child custody and all other issues, just like a divorce decree does.

Other Areas of Our Family Law Practice

In addition to representing spouses in divorce and legal separation cases, we handle a variety of other family law matters as well:

We represent residents of our local communities, and we also handle military divorces on behalf of military members or their spouses at Whidbey Island and Everett Naval Base.

Learn More About Our Law Office ∙ Schedule Your Confidential Consultation

At the St. Clair Law Office, we offer every potential new client a confidential initial consultation. You will meet with a lawyer, and we can discuss costs and possible payment plans, and give you some preliminary guidance regarding your divorce or family law questions.

Contact us online or call our law firm in Marysville, Washington, at 866-690-0798 or 360-654-4925.