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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Mary Gates Scholar||Mary Gates Endowment||N/A|
|University of Washington -Seattle||Psychology||BA||N/A|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor - Cum Laude||N/A|
Posted by Will
I was an active duty military member going through an ugly divorce when someone referred me to Susan. My ex had previously filed for separation 3 hours before my deployment and was trying to take my kids away from me. She accused me of abuse and many other things. (In short, she's just a nut).
The attorney I had before Susan was terrible and just took my money. I started searching for other attorneys, but everyone gave me the same story: "you're a man in the military in Washington. You're going to pay your ex a ton of cash and you'll get to see your kids every other weekend." Susan was honest with me about my chances but said there were some particulars about my case that made her think a 50/50 arrangement could be on the table. She encouraged me to get a GAL involved and we were able to persuade the courts to do so. The GAL concluded what Susan had and recommended a 50/50 arrangement.
Being difficult, as always, my ex refused to settle and agree to the GALs recommendations. Instead she insisted we go to trial. During the trial my ex's attorney showboated a lot and dragged things out insanely long. Susan stuck to the points and the facts of the case. In the end a female judge sided with the GAL's recommendations and implemented the parenting plan recommended by the GAL.
Susan was amazing the entire time, kept me calm, even did not charge me for a few times I called her and needed her to play therapists and she even noticed me tearing up during the trial decision and passed me a box of tissues.
As a side note, I did wind up paying my ex a ton of cash, but that's really not important to me. I think Susan protected my finances about as well as she could. She managed to get the courts to impute an income to my ex when she was claiming she had none--so there's something to be said for that.
I will warn you, if you're a guy that just wants to screw your ex over, you should move on. If you're a man who genuinely cares about his children, I can't recommend Susan highly enough.
I wish there was a rating above 5 stars.