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Araceli Amaya

About me


Litigating family law cases can be laden with emotion and uncertainty. I understand that this can be one of the most difficult times of your life – any aspect of a family law case can result in anxiety over subjects like where your children will live, how you will get by financially, whether you will be able to continue living in the manner to which you are accustomed. All are valid, and common, concerns in family law cases. Because this area of law is so delicate, I  believe that you deserve the utmost care and service from your attorney.


I  believe that it is important to be cooperative when working with the other side. I  will always strive to create an environment of collaboration and cooperation. However, if working together becomes unrealistic, I am fully prepared to handle your case in court.


Visit our firm's website, McKinley Irvin, for more informaiton. We have a wealth of information online about many family law  issues.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 75%
    12 years
  2. Child Support: 10%
  3. Child Custody: 10%
  4. Family: 5%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

12 total 

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  • Holly Hermon

    I highly endorse this lawyer. She is an amazing communicator and advocate for her clients. Araceli is truly the cream of the crop in high-stakes family law. Her experience and strategic approach leads her to achieve the absolute best results for each her clients.


    Holly Hermon Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Frank S Hong

    Araceli exemplifies professionalism as a lawyer and as a person. She is an excellent advocate with great communication and analytical skills. Her reputation in the legal community is that of a lawyer who can handle her own in any situation and, most important, is an excellent listener, negotiator and trial attorney.


    Frank Hong Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

McKinley Irvin

1501 Fourth Aveenue
Suite 1750
Seattle, WA, 98101

McKinley Irvin

601 108th Avenue NE
Suite 1900
Bellevue, WA, 98004



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyMcKinley Irvin2015 - Present
Senior AttorneyO'Brian & Associates2011 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Araceli Amaya2006 - 2011
Associate AttorneyLaw Offices of Barbara E. Varon2002 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Washington State Young LawyersMember2003 - Present
Washington Latino/a Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Custody of A.V.X.M and T.M.X 176 Wash.App. 1037The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial Court's decision to grant third party custody to Jerri Martin. Substantial evidence supports the trial court's conclusion that residential time with Xaykosy was not in the children's best interest.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of RedlandsInternational RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
McKinley Irvin CLE SeriesPost-Decree Child Support and Pitfalls to Avoid2015

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