I frequently come into my clients' lives when they are at the end of their rope. The... more
I frequently come into my clients' lives when they are at the end of their rope. The resiliency of the human spirit never ceases to impress me. I see my role as first,helping clients first todetermine their priorities clearly, second, developing a plan to achieve as many priorities as possible, and third, implementing the plan, with modifications as required as the case progresses. ... view profile
I came to the family law arena reluctantly. When I left law school 22 years ago, I... more
I came to the family law arena reluctantly. When I left law school 22 years ago, I swore I would never, ever, ever, ever do another dissolution. Here, I am years later in a practice that deals with familys in every possible way. In many ways, I am the only lawyer a person will have contact with in their lives. I divorce them, do their pre-nuptial agreements, their annulments, their adoptions, t... view profile
Clients facing family law litigation are living through one of the most stressful... more
Clients facing family law litigation are living through one of the most stressful periods of their lives. As an attorney and advocate, it is my role to reduce significant legal stress in their lives by actively listening to their desired goals and then implementing those goals into a strong, well prepared and effective case strategy.
Heritage M. Filer concentrates her practice on representing clients with a variety... more
Heritage M. Filer concentrates her practice on representing clients with a variety of family law issues, including: dissolutions, legal separations, paternity, relocation of children, meretricious relationships, asset and debt division, child support, and issues regarding contempt of court motions.
J. Blake Hilty is an associate attorney with McKinley Irvin. He primarily represents... more
J. Blake Hilty is an associate attorney with McKinley Irvin. He primarily represents clients in Bellevue and Seattle, Washington. He graduated with his J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law, magna cum laude, and was also the school’s law review associate editor. Blake is a family law attorney because he is passionate about helping people navigate through an often-complex system during a... view profile
A true Northwest native, Paul F. Eagle enjoys deep roots in the Seattle, WA... more
A true Northwest native, Paul F. Eagle enjoys deep roots in the Seattle, WA community. His desire to defend others probably emanates from his childhood. As the youngest of 13 children, he naturally developed his defense techniques. While growing up in Wallingford, he was educated at St. Benedicts Elementary School and Bishop Blanchet High School. After graduating with honors from Saint Martins ... view profile
Whether we are involved in a relatively peaceful, collaborative law matter or a... more
Whether we are involved in a relatively peaceful, collaborative law matter or a hotly litigated domestic violence case, I work closely with my clients to achieve the very best results for them and their families.
If you are getting divorced and have children, part of the divorce agreement will involve determining where and with whom the children will live. A child custody lawyer can help you negotiate custody, either by agreement or in court. The custodial parent (the one the child lives with) earns the legal right to make decisions regarding the child's lifestyle, welfare, and education. Some parents opt for joint custody, which means children divide their time between both parents' homes, and parents share the right to make decisions on behalf of the children. If you as parents are unable to agree on child custody, a judge will decide for you.