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Family Law

Tacoma, Washington, Family Law Attorney Creating Smart Legal Solutions

Family Law is the legal area that addresses issues like adoption, divorce, legal separation, paternity, child custody, visitation and support, and marital property.

About half of all marriages in Washington end in divorce, and if there are children involved, decisions must be made to determine their living arrangements and financial support. The courts try to resolve these issues "in the best interest of the child."

I am attorney Teena Johnson, and I believe that the emotional health and well-being of children should be the top concern for everyone involved in a divorce, including your attorney. I have seen bitter divorces damage families and children severely, especially when one spouse uses the child's custody, visitation and support to try to punish the other parent.

Most of this rancor and turmoil can be avoided, however, if divorcing parents can work together to resolve divorce issues like custody and visitation in a reasonable manner. After all, while you may not be a couple anymore, you will always be your child's parents.

Mediation and Collaborative Law: a better family law alternative

If your family law issues wind up in court, the decisions about your children, marital assets and support will be made by a judge who knows nothing about your personal preferences or circumstances.

In many cases, collaborative law or mediation is a better alternative, when both parties agree to enter into the negotiations in a spirit of collaboration and cooperation.

Mediation can occur when a neutral third party, usually an attorney, assists the couple in reaching an amicable agreement. In mediation, both spouses take part in the proceedings. You are empowered to create reasonable agreements and arrangements in a spirit of give-and-take, rather than having a judge make an all-or-nothing decision. In collaborative law, both parties have attorneys, and all work together to reach solutions.

The legal know-how you need

I have the experience and qualifications my clients need to help you resolve family law matters using Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques like mediation. I am trained in collaborative law, and I can provide valuable guidance in resolving your family law and divorce issues in ways that are less aggressive, less expensive, and less traumatic to your children.

A full range of family law services

I provide comprehensive legal guidance in many family law matters, including:

  • Collaborative law
  • Divorce
  • Child custody
  • Child support and enforcement
  • Child custody and support modification
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Guardianship
  • Adoption
  • Legal separation
  • Alimony
  • Annulment
  • Community property
  • Marital property

Call me today for solutions

Contact my office today to learn all the options available to resolve your family law issues. You can arrange an initial consultation at the time that is convenient for you, tell me about your situation and issues, and get a straightforward assessment of your case and your options.

Contact

Law Offices of Teena Johnson
Tacoma Office:
1201 Pacific Avenue, Suite 600
Tacoma, WA 98402

King County Office:
33530 1st Way S., Suite 102
Federal Way, WA 98003

Phone: 253-442-2607
Fax: 253-752-6951

Helping families divorce with less conflict