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Matthew J Yetter

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.7   18 reviews

Licensed for 15 years

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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%
    Establish and enforce parenting plans, non-parental custody, and parenting plan modifications.

    15 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Divorce: Parenting Plan, Property Division, Child Support, Spousal Support (Alimony), Division of Debt, Temporary Orders, Mediation, Trial, Contempt, and Enforcement of Orders.

    15 years

  3. Family
    25%
    Family law includes parenting plans, child support, restraining orders, domestic violence orders, non-parental custody, parentage, mediation, unmarried partners (committed intimate relationship) and more.

    15 years

  4. Personal injury
    10%
    Accepting clients who have been injured by the fault of others, including car accidents, wrongful death and dog bites.

    15 years

  5. Animal and dog bites
    5%
    Helping victims and their families obtain compensation from dog and other animal bites and attacks.

  6. Car accident
    5%
    Helping clients who are victims of car accidents obtain compensation for their injuries.

  7. Child support
    5%
    Establish child support, enforce child support orders, including enforcement and defense of contempt actions, establish support for college, and modify child support order because of change of income or loss of employment.

    15 years

Divorce and Custody Lawyer in Tacoma and Seattle, Washington

Hello, my name is Matthew Yetter, and I am the founder and lead attorney at Seacoma Law, PLLC. We have offices in Tacoma and Seattle. I provide individualized attention to each client that consults with and hires me on their case. Throughout my career I have represented hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, and other family law matters. My practice has and continues to be focused in King and Pierce counties. In fact, our offices in Tacoma and Seattle are within a few blocks of the courthouse. This is important because divorce, custody and family law matters are exclusively heard in the superior court.

Your Case is Important 

Family law disputes can be extremely stressful, taking an emotional and financial toll on the family. I recognize this and advocate to minimize the damage caused by these situations. Clients are encouraged to discuss their questions and concerns about their situation with me, and I provide them with candid and compassionate advice. While there may be similarities from case to case, I have found that each person I meet with is an individual with varying interests and their own story to tell. Whether your case is a high conflict or a relatively uncontested, I will take the time to listen to you, discuss your options and help you decide the best course of action. Because hiring the right attorney is so important, I am offering you a no cost 30-minute consultation to evaluate your case.

I Understand the Importance of Family

When I am not practicing law, I enjoy spending time with my wife, five children and our dog. I love being outdoors with my family, camping, hiking, fishing etc. I am a sports fan and enjoy going to games with my kids. My wife and I enjoy the theater and are subscribers at The 5th Avenue Theater and Broadway at the Paramount. 

Education

I received my Juris Doctorate from the Willamette University College of Law where I received multiple academic awards. Prior to law school I attended Southern Utah University.

Photos and videos

Another great night in Seattle with a trip to Seattle Center prior to catching a musical with my daughter at the Paramount.
My son and I in Arizona for spring training.  This photo was taken prior to attending Innings Festival in Tempe.
Licensed for 15 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 09/20/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Matthew

Seacoma Law, PLLC
800 5th Ave STE 4100
Seattle, WA, 98104
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Posted by Kayla | February 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bright, collected, communicative
Matthew Yetter was hired after a prior poor experience with a different attorney. He came highly recommended and made room for us although he already had a full case load. He REALLY restored my faith in legal representation. I never expected a lawyer could be so attentive, resourceful and reassuring. Any idea of mine he had already thought through before I brought it up, and debriefed us every step of the way for our family law issue. Matt accomplished more in 2 months than our previous attorney had in 2 years. Opposing counsel had intimidated our previous attorney and had a reputation of being pretty cut-throat, but Matt kept focused, calm and ended up outsmarting her every step of the way. He really is the best in the business, and we will be retaining his services for any other legal matter that arises.
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Posted by Chris | August 24, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer who listens and is on your side
Helped through my divorce and got me everything I wanted in a great amount of time. Stressful but he made it as easy as possible to get me the end result I wanted. Thank you again!
Posted by Roy | August 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Matthew Yetter
Hired Matt in 2008 regarding a child support issue, and again in 2015 regarding a falsely issued arrest warrant. I did not win the child support issue, but with Matt's help, I was represented more fairly to the court and received a more equitable outcome than had I fought on my own. In 2015's case, Matt succeeded in getting the case dismissed so quickly - he actually refunded a portion of my retainer. Recently, I asked for his advice on which direction I might take regarding job related dangers I face with the looting, riots, and protests. Thank you, Matt. And as I told you, I keep your card at the ready.
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Posted by Donald | August 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
"Good man"
I hired Mr. Yetter, in a tough time in my life. He was both understanding and knowledgeable. I would use him again in a heartbeat..
Posted by Paul | July 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A great attorney a great rate!
Mr. Yetter helped me with my divorce and custody agreement. He and his team made the experience as painless and worry free as was possible. I have and will continue to recommend him to anyone else who may find themselves in a similar situation.
Posted by Melanie | July 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce/child support/parenting plan
Mr Yetter was hired specifically to represent me in a contentious divorce with parenting plan/support complexities. During our consultation appointment, he listened intently with compassion. Asked thoughtful, pertinent questions and laid out a progression plan. Their were multiple court, mediation appointments. He was always present and prepared. No litigation is easy but I’ve found his willingness to be flexible and pivot quickly under time constraints to be a reassuring quality. He was clam, concise and practical especially when emotions ran high. I definitely would hire Mr Yetter again if the need arises.
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Posted by John | July 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A most satisfied client
Matt Yetter expertly and with sensitivity helped me prepare for and surmount a challenging divorce, where I initially felt overwhelmed and outgunned. Matt was patient and empathic, assisting me to establish and maintain goals that served my best interests and that were ethical to both parties. Despite my presenting challenges as a client (strongly felt emotions and ambivalence), Matt deftly and compassionately guided me through legal, situational and personal steps to achieve all desired ends to my satisfaction. Despite not knowing it at the time, Matt's work at my time of need prepared me for the coming years, life changes and challenges. His support resulted in my being now a happy, well-adjusted, productive person. I would not have achieved my current level of wellness and satisfaction without Matt's expert, caring counsel. I strongly recommend Matt Yetter for even the most complicated and challenging interpersonal circumstances. He will help you achieve your goals with dignity and integrity. John R., Auburn
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Posted by Cindy | July 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I was living in Missouri when my ex tried to stop paying his spousal maintenance. I had consulted with Matthew Yetter prior to divorce and contacted him to help with this new issue. He totally went to bat for me, listened to all of the essential details, and in the end my ex husband was denied his appeal. I would highly recommend Matthew Yetter and would not hesitate to seek his services if any other issues arise!
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
I would hire Matthew Yetter again
Matthew was very helpful is getting my divorce done quickly, and getting the best results for me. My situation with my husband was very hostile, and he was still living in my home and refused to move out so not a good position to be in. We were able to get that resolved and my attorney was right about everything he said would happen, it was the best outcome for me and I was able to move on with my life.
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Posted by RUSH | July 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not only a great attorney, also a understanding friend
I met Matthew and he listened to my story. His demeanor and character spoke volumes. He is knowledgeable, accountable and kind. He helped me navigate through divorce representing me in a professional manor explaining events, circumstances and truth to the courts in such a way, Judges ruled confidently.
Posted by Saul | July 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce, child custody and child support attorney
Matthew helped me understand my rights as a father. He was sensitive to my situation and listened to what I wanted, while directing me in the best course of action in my case. Going though a divorce with custody and child support concerns is extremely difficult. Matthew helped navigate the direction I was comfortable with and helped me get better results than I anticipated.
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Posted by Erica | July 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
I was referred to Matthew during my divorce and he reviewed and helped me. I would highly recommend him to my family and friends.
Posted by Samantha | June 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney I Have Ever Hired
I have had many Attorneys work on my stressful and difficult on-going family law matters. Through some of the worst times of my life Mr. Yetter was thorough, attentive, honest and compassionate as well as grounded. He has always walked me through every step and communicated what was coming next. I never felt like I was just a cash flow, his prices have always been reasonable and my money was always well spent. If you ever find yourself in need of a Family Law Attorney, Mr. Yetter is one of the best you'll ever find. I highly recommend his skill and knowledge to assist you.
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Response from Matthew Yetter July 1, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind review. It has been my pleasure helping you with your case.
Posted by Jeff | June 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing!
Matt has been my lawyer for nearly 9 years. My case was and is very complex. He was able to win my case and I was given custody of both of my children. My ex has often tried to take me back to court for modifications and we have gone to court several times in the last 9 years in 3 different counties in front of several different judges and have always come out on top (I have a spiteful ex). Matt has helped guide me through the complex legalities that contentious divorces and child custody can often have. In the beginning stages of when I first filed for temporary custody I had put in a lot of stipulations in what my ideal parenting plan/custody arrangement was going to be. Matt not only got me everything that I asked for but based on the way he presented our case I was given even more than what was originally asked for. Matt was the best investment I have ever made for our family I will forever be grateful for everything he has done for us.
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Response from Matthew Yetter July 1, 2020
Thank you for your kind review. I really appreciate it.
Posted by Dan | May 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Going through a high conflict divorce, Mr Yetter was absolutely amazing. He is incredibly fair in his fees and you won't feel nickeled and dimed along the way. He is a brilliant attorney and knows how to navigate the family court system extremely well. Always prepared and cool under pressure, he delivered time and time again. I would highly recommend him...he's one of the best!
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Matt has been great with our family law needs. He took time to get to know our issues and then outlined a strategy and options for getting desired results. He was fair and tough on our behalf in court. He or is amazing assistant are generally available and are great about communicating schedules to us. His fees were fair and we felt he billed his time appropriately. He has gone to court for us several times and he has been respectful and kind, he conducted himself professionally in court and we felt we were in good hands. He also provided us with documentation in a timely manner about our case so that we could respond. We are very happy with Matt and would recommend him and have recommended him to several friends.
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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2020
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Mother of three
What I really appreciated about working with Matthew is his integrity, fairness, communication, and calm demeanor. These were his strengths while working with me. He listens to his clients. He is not cut-throat in his actions and is what I was looking for in an attorney. My ex and I share three children together and 20 years of marriage so I wanted our settlement to be fair, not nasty, and still have someone represent me that had my back; Matthew was great. He's very calm and during a divorce, you can get pretty riled up. Well, Matthew helps keep things calm even when the "other side" is crazy. You also never have to worry if deadlines are being met. He and his staff have got you covered.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Inattentive to clients needs.
Matthew was hired to assist with a parenting plan revision. He seemed honest during the consultation but after putting a retainer down was nearly impossible to contact and wouldn't even respond to an email. After 4 days of not hearing back from him I requested that my retainer be refunded, it was minus almost $400 and nothing to show for it. If you're looking for a cut rate attorney or looking to waste your time and money give him a call.
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Response from Matthew Yetter June 19, 2020
I pride myself on attorney-client communication and education. I go on vacation with my family at least two weeks out of the year and will sometimes take a long weekend. I always let my clients know when I will be gone in advance. This case was no exception. I only bill for the time and work performed pursuant to the attorney-client agreement. I understand emotions can run high in family law cases and am happy to address the issue if you would like to contact me to discuss your situation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner and Lead Attorney
  • Seacoma Law, PLLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Curry & Williams, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2020

Education

  • Willamette University College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • 2006
  • Southern Utah University
  • BS
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • In re the Marriage of M
  • Lifetime spousal support to client which survives remarriage.
  • In re Marriage of JT
  • 50/50 Parenting Plan
  • In re Marriage of JC
  • After multiple days of trial, the moving party's request was denied and client regained primary care.

Associations

  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta (South Sound Chapter)
  • Marshal
  • 2019 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • South King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • South King County Bar Association
  • Trustee
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2020
  • Lead Counsel
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Lead Counsel Family Law
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Recognition
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2020
  • High Paper
  • WUCL Products Liability
  • 2006
  • Best Colleague
  • Willamette Law Clinic
  • 2006
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (18)
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Matt. He works hard for his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matthew Yetter is a great attorney to work with; knowledgeable, reasonable, and professional. I had the privilege of working with him recently and it has been a real pleasure. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a great lawyer. He is diligent and intelligent and achieves great results."
Family Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Matt for years. I had a case against him and have seen him in action in court on many other occasions. Matt is always prepared and does an excellent job of representing his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Matthew is a great attorney and I am very impressed with his work ethic and calm demeanor. He advocates hard and zealously for his clients. I would recommend him to anyone including my own family."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt has a great legal mind and compassion for his cases and clients. As a colleague, I can always run a legal theory by him and expect a zealous discussion. He is a great advocate for his clients, in and out of the courtroom. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is doing really good work in family law. He knows the value of settling a case, because he understands how to litigate when necessary! This is a valuable skill for family law. If you need help with a family law matter in King or Pierce County, call him. I make this referral with complete confidence that he will look after you properly."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew and I have had a couple of cases against each other and he has appeared before me when I have served as a Pro Tem Court Commissioner. In all instances, Matthew has done a good job for his clients and has acted professionally."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"In the cases I have had with Matthew he has been an example of professionalism and has been a pleasure to work with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Mr. Yetter in the Court room and have also opposed him in family law cases. I have always found him to be knowledgeable, fully versed in the facts of his case and the law, and also aggressive while still maintaining civility with opposing party and counsel. It is Mr. Yetter's combination of tenacity, knowledge and reasonableness that make him a formidable opponent who is respected by other attorney and the bench alike."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. As opposing counsel he was great to work. His communication is open and honest. It was a pleasure working as opposing counsel because I felt we were able to better represent our clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Matt for over 10 years and he has always worked hard for his client and provided strong and professional service/advocacy."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. He will not overcharge but work aggressively on your behalf. He will also keep you well informed of the status of the case at all times"
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had many cases with Matthew and have always appreciated his approach to advocating for his clients. He is a good attorney and a better person."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is a diligent and experienced worker. I have worked with him in the past and I have always been impressed with his professionalism and responsiveness."
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Tacoma Divorce and separation Lawyer Matthew J Yetter
Matthew J Yetter
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 15 years
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