Advocating for Washington Individuals and Families.
Archer Price, PLLC represents individuals and families in the Puget Sound. Our firm specializes in all family law matters, from divorce to child custody. Whether you are a father, mother, child, aunt, uncle, or grandparent, we will not only help protect your family, but we will also help it thrive. We bring extensive experience and professionalism to every case and customize our support to your individual needs and concerns.
Our attorneys have handled thousands of cases. We specialize in Washington family law, and have monitored its evolution to inform our own legal approaches—all intended to give you exceptional advice that will last for years to come.
The simplest and most efficient way to end a marriage is to file an Uncontested Divorce. In an uncontested divorce, the parties negotiate an agreement on all separation issues, including distribution of assets, division of property, child custody, child support, and spousal support (“alimony”). The parties can then formalize that agreement by filing for uncontested divorce. In Washington, this process can finalize in as a little as six months.
An uncontested divorce is usually the best option for most parties because it involves few legal hurdles and ensures that you will avoid excessive cost and undue emotional strain. Our experienced legal team can help you through each step of this process, including negotiation, preparation of necessary legal documents, and ultimately filing for an uncontested divorce. We will make sure you reach an agreement that protects your rights and is consistent with the law, all under our unique flat-fee pricing structure that eliminates guesswork about cost.
While an uncontested divorce is typically the best option, it requires that both parties agree to the terms of the separation. When two people cannot reach an agreement on key issues such as the division of property and debts or child custody, their case becomes a Contested Divorce.
A contested divorce is more complicated and requires more legal support, so obtaining qualified legal representation is critical. Archer price will make sure that you are in the best possible position to negotiate for your future and the future of your children. We rely on our deep knowledge of Washington Family Law to get the best outcomes for our clients. With this experience, we know there are many ways to reach a settlement without having to continue to trial. And if you decide to settle, we can make sure the settlement agreement is airtight and enforceable. If you decide not to settle, we can put you in the best position to litigate and get the outcome you deserve. As always, we offer a flat-fee cost structure, so you always know what our services cost.
Child Custody disputes are sometimes emotionally charged and can cause a tremendous amount of anxiety. Our experienced and compassionate legal team can alleviate this anxiety and put your fears at ease by protecting your rights and bringing your case to a swift and fair resolution.
We can help negotiate and draft a “Parenting Plan,” which is a legally enforceable document outlining all parenting issues including a residential schedule, decision making authority, and the roles and responsibilities of each parent. Whether you are the “custodial parent” or not, we will make sure the parenting plan recognizes your parental rights. We can guide you through the drafting process in order to create a plan that provides the healthiest future for you and your children. Whenever possible, we use a collaborative approach that emphasizes the parties’ strengths and avoids creating an antagonistic dynamic.
We are also experienced in handling special circumstances, such as non-parental custody (i.e., a grandparent or other relative), LGBTQ families, and domestic partnerships.
Some family law disputes include allegations of Domestic Violence. We have broad experience with clients who have suffered domestic violence, so we take the issue very seriously and are sensitive to the nature of these cases.
In the short term, we act quickly to obtain a temporary restraining order to protect you and your children. We also connect our clients with various victim services to help stabilize your life in such a difficult time. In the long term, we can help you compile evidence and draft the necessary legal documents to make sure your family law dispute reaches a swift resolution that provides a safe and healthy future for your family. This includes dividing property appropriately, obtaining any necessary child support, and implementing an enforceable parenting plan and, if necessary, permanent restraining orders.
We also recognize that some allegations of domestic violence lack supporting evidence. If you believe this is the case, we can help defend against such allegations to make sure a court does not wrongfully deprive you of your parental rights.
A Legal Separation is similar to a divorce in that you and your spouse must divide property, develop a parenting plan for your children, and, if necessary, determine child or spousal support payments. But a legal separation is different from divorce because your marital status will not change—you will still be “married” in the eyes of the law. This means that you will not be able to re-marry. Also, a legal separation takes effect immediately, while a divorce can take six months or longer to finalize. Many people choose a legal separation rather than divorce for personal reasons, such as religious beliefs, or to retain certain tax benefits.
Although legal separation is uncommon, our experienced legal team can review your circumstances and discuss the various pros and cons to determine whether it might be the right option for you. We can then guide you through the complicated process of dividing property, assets, and debts, in addition to developing a parenting plan and an order for child support or spousal support.
Most family law disputes require property division. Washington is a “community property” state, which means that, generally speaking, all property acquired and debt incurred while married is presumptively owned equally by both spouses. Therefore, dividing property can be complicated and tedious, so it is understandable that many people are frustrated by the process.
Our experienced legal team has handled many complicated separations involving all kinds of property. While negotiating property division can be complicated, there are usually many bargaining chips to work with. Our strategy begins with systematically identifying the relevant community property, and considering community debts. We also account for any property that is solely “yours,” such as property acquired before the marriage or gifts to you from relatives. With a complete picture of you and your spouse’s financial lives, we are in a position to negotiate an agreement with your spouse that is fair but also protects your property rights.