Seattle, Washington 98107
Change is hard. Whether you’re excited and anxious about beginning a new relationship, or you’re depressed and grieving over ending an old one, the stress that comes with big life changes can seem unbearable. Few of us are at our best or thinking clearly when facing important transitions like a marriage or divorce, and having someone there to help us navigate those transitions can make all the difference. My job is to be a compassionate counselor who can help you see clearly both where you want to be and how best to get there.
As a family law attorney, much of my work is with people going through a divorce, or otherwise seeking help with ending a relationship. In some cases, this just means dividing up property and going your separate ways. In other casess, particularly when children are involved, a married couple may expect to continue interacting for years after the dissolution is finished. Regardless of the situation, I try to assist with an eye towards sustainability and long-term wellbeing. In other words: I want to help you figure out not only how to bring one chapter of your life to a close, but how to begin the next one.
In addition to divorce practice, I like working with individuals and families in the early stages of relationships. There is a lot of space for creative and intentional work in constructing and defining family structures going in. Everyone’s family is different, and I am a big believer in broad and inclusive interpretations of what family means. Many of us identify strongly with the notion of investing in a family of choice, and I want to support that in any way I can.
This planning work can mean anything from drafting prenuptial agreements, to facilitating adoptions, to helping unmarried partners formulate parenting arrangements that suit their needs. I am also interested in helping to find creative solutions for people building alternative family structures and intentional communities.
But regardless of why you might come to see me, I will listen to where you’ve been, what you’ve done, and how you’d like things to go. I will be honest with you about what I think is possible, what I think is likely, and what I think is wise. I will strive to understand your needs. Most importantly, I will do my utmost to work with you and think creatively about how we can move you from wherever you are now to wherever you want to be.
BA in Theatre Arts from Western Washington University
JD from Seattle University School of Law