Spokane Family Law Attorney
At Hodgson Law Office, Spokane, we are committed to helping families find peace and resolution during stressful times. We practice family law and focus on providing advice tailored to your needs and your wishes for your family’s futureFree Consultation
Our Spokane Family Law Attorneys Are Ready to Provide You with Professional and Affordable Legal Advocacy
We understand that family law matters can be some of life's most stressful events
The outcome of a family law case has a tremendous impact on your family’s future. Your relationship with your children and the time you spend with them, your finances and options for retirement, and even where you live and whether you are permitted to move are all affected. In some cases, the resolution of a family law case can even affect your safety.
We understand this stressful time and your feelings of uncertainty. That’s why the tenacious and compassionate attorneys at Hodgson Law fight hard for our clients in mediation and court child custody cases. We represent people in Spokane, Spokane County, Stevens County, Lincoln County, and Adams County and are familiar with the courts in each county.
Issues Involving Children
Family law refers to case law that governs legal relationships between families and those in domestic relationships. This includes parents and children, grandchildren, step-parents and children, and common-law arrangements.
It’s complex, and child custody disputes are often contentious and emotional. Your finances may be seriously impacted, and your relationships changed forever. A family law attorney's cool head and savvy legal advice can help in these tumultuous times.
Child SupportDon’t let a contentious relationship with your ex-spouse prevent you from seeking financial support that’s rightfully yours. Child support eases the financial burdens you may suddenly have post-divorce and helps ensure your children have everything they need. Our child custody and support lawyers can ensure you get a fair allotment.
Modifications Of Child SupportLosing a job or a promotion may affect child support arrangements. Child support orders may be modified in Washington State. If a change in your financial circumstances or that of your ex-spouse requires a change in the amount of child support, our attorneys can file a petition with the court.
Child CustodyWashington courts weigh the children's best interests above anything else regarding child custody arrangements. The judge looks at the quality of life of the children in their current situation and how their relationships with each parent may be affected by changing child custody arrangements.
Third-Party CustodyA court may grant child custody of minor children to someone other than their parents if neither parent is capable of fulfilling their parental responsibilities. Cases of abandonment or where parents are incarcerated or have serious substance abuse issues may necessitate a third-party guardian.
Child AdoptionThere are complex legal issues for adopting a child, including investigations of your family and home and complicated paperwork. Each situation requires a personalized, careful approach to ensure the adoption is successful. Our family law attorneys explain any hurdles in your adoption process and guide you through the legal process.
Child VisitationWe can help non-custodial parents obtain visitation orders in child custody cases. As long as both parents agree that the request is appropriate, the courts will grant the order for scheduled visitation and parenting time. We also help you negotiate if visitation and parenting time become contentious.
PaternityPaternity is at the heart of many contentious family law disputes. We help with testing and explain your obligations toward a child, depending on the outcome of the test. Child support and custody cases can become quite complex without establishing paternity, so we start with the facts first.
Grandsparents' RightsIn some cases, a grandparent may have custody if the parents are unable to care for the child. However, sometimes, grandparents may believe the child is in danger, but the parents contest the grandparents' rights. We sort through complex issues to find a solution in the child's best interests.
Child RelocationIf the primary custodial parent plans to move outside of Washington with their children, they may need to have the approval of the courts and the other parent first. We help present a solid argument for your move and represent you in court to support your move.
Parental RelocationIf a non-custodial parent needs to move out of state, custody arrangements and visitation can become complicated. If your ex-spouse is moving or needs to move, we provide family law services to help you arrange new visitation orders and custody modification requests.
Parenting PlanAs your family lawyers, we help you develop a workable parenting plan if there are contentious disputes between you and your child’s other parent. Our family law attorneys seek cooperative solutions for this family law matter and seek a plan with your children’s best interests in mind.
Modifications Of Parenting PlanLife circumstances change, and a parenting plan that worked when your divorce was finalized may no longer be workable later. We can help you modify your parenting plan to suit your changed circumstances while remaining in the best interests of your children.
Same-Sex Legal Matters
Same-sex divorce, child custody, and parenting plans can be just as complex as those for heterosexual couples. We work with LGBTQIA clients to settle family law disputes that may be more complex due to their identity.
Same-Sex DivorceWe advocate for you during this difficult time and understand the unique challenges gay couples face. For example, determining the true length of the marriage may be difficult, as couples may have been in a cohabitating arrangement for many years. In these cases, property division can become complex.
Same-Sex AdoptionAdoption can be more difficult for LGBT couples than for others. We assist you in navigating the legal system and prepare you for the rigorous interview process for adoption placement. Our family law services include using an agency and adopting your spouse’s biological child.
LGBT Child CustodyA child custody case can be more complex for same-sex couples if no legal relationship exists between one partner and the child. Courts act in the child’s best interests, no matter who the parents are. We represent you in mediation and court to seek an amicable arrangement.
LGBT Child VisitationIn some cases, determining a schedule for parenting time and visitation can be cordial. Other times, it's contentious. We can sort through complex issues, including legal parentage questions, to find an arrangement that works for you and your ex-partner and meets the needs of your shared children.
LGBT Domestic ViolencePeople in homosexual relationships experience domestic violence at higher rates than heterosexual couples, including emotional abuse and controlling behavior. We help you protect yourself and extricate yourself safely from a dangerous relationship. Our attorneys defend your rights and privacy while ensuring your interests are protected.
LGBT Prenuptial AgreementsA prenuptial agreement can be a sensitive subject to discuss with your partner. You may find that the conversation builds trust and strengthens your marriage. We negotiate the necessary financial protection for you now and in the future, looking at your goals and estimated changes in your financial situation.
Other Family Issues We Can Help You With
Family law services also involve people not in legal arrangements but with concerns similar to those who do. We help those in domestic partnership situations, boyfriend-girlfriend parenting relationships, and cases where parents are not together but share a child.
Unmarried CouplesSpokane courts treat unmarried couples differently than married ones; you may not have the same legal protections as a married couple regarding alimony, for example. However, family law cases involving shared children apply the same to unmarried couples. We arrange equitable arrangements for property division and child custody.
Domestic Violence & Protection OrdersDomestic violence and protection orders may be necessary to help you and your children escape a dangerous situation. We handle these matters discreetly, whether the order is part of a divorce or necessary to prevent child abuse. Anyone in a domestic relationship may be constrained by these orders.
Prenuptial AgreementsA prenuptial agreement can help couples protect assets they acquired before marriage. You may draft an agreement to protect a family business or inheritance or to provide protection should a marriage end in infidelity, for example. We craft prenuptial agreements that will be upheld in a Spokane courtroom.
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Why You Need a Family Law Attorney in Spokane?
Family law disputes are hurtful and personal legal matters. Many people are faced with permanent family changes and grieve the end of a relationship, all while navigating a complex and confusing legal system. The Hodgson Law family law attorneys respect your privacy and advocate for the best possible outcome. We explain your legal options and what you can expect the results to look like for your family.
A family law lawyer represents you in mediation negotiations, helping you avoid a trial and trying to work out an amicable division of property and parenting time with your ex-partner. We work to diffuse explosive situations and ensure you aren't left in financial straits after a divorce.
Consulting with an expert in Washington State family law firm can help you make the right decisions for yourself and your children.
Why Choose Hodgson Law Office as Your Family Law Attorney in Spokane, WA?
There are many good reasons to choose Hodgson Law Office for your family law issues, including:
- Over 20 years of experience in Spokane family law matters
- Free initial consultations for your case
- Online appointments and consultations are available
- Responsive attorneys answering your questions and addressing your concerns
- Highly effective legal counsel for even the most complex cases
We treat you with respect and dignity in this trying time, listening to your concerns and understanding that you may face difficult and painful choices.
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Reviews from Our Clients
I hired Mark Hodgson for a divorce in Spokane. He was open, friendly, and gave me great advice and counsel. Mark was honest with me about my case and worked hard to resolve all of my issues quickly. He responded to my phone calls and questions every time. He was WONDERFUL in my hearing and got me alimony, child support, and the parenting plan that my children needed. I had two other lawyers before Mark and he is far superior to my previous counsel. He fought hard for me and he knew the law. I would and will recommend him to everyone that i know.
These situations are never easy. Deciding to get a lawyer then choosing one was a very hard decision. I spoke to a few people that have been thru divorce and Mark’s name came up more than once. I went and met with him, his business partners and Casey his assistant. They were all friendly, professional and most importantly for me nonjudgmental. He is very educated on divorce with children and keeps in mind what is best for the kids! He answered my questions and didn’t make me feel belittled as other lawyers did. Thank you Mark Hodgson and team you are all very appreciated!
Called Mark Wednesday the day before Thanksgiving. He got us in that Friday the day after Thanksgiving. We decided to hire him and he made the time to start the process of paperwork that Sunday. It was great he did this so my wife and I didn’t have to miss work and our case was a time sensitive issue. The few times I’ve had to emailed him he seem to get right back to us with answers.
Meet Our Attorneys
The Hodgson Law legal team is committed to delivering the best results for your family! We take the time to get to know you and your goals, tirelessly advocating for your interests and working for a peaceful conclusion.
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How much does a family lawyer cost in Washington state?
The average cost of a family law attorney in Washington State is $264 per hour, but several factors contribute to legal fees. When it comes to a successful conclusion of your case and your future, you may find the cost of a knowledgeable attorney is well worth it.
What should I look for in a family lawyer?
You will disclose intimate family information to your family law attorney and entrust them with your family composition after the legal matter is settled. It’s crucial to find someone you feel comfortable with. Look for someone whose values align with yours and who advocates for your interests.
Which courts in Spokane do Hodgson Law Office Attorneys work with?
We represent clients in many courts in the greater Spokane area. Courts in which we represent family law clients include:
- Stevens County Superior Court
- Lincoln Superior Court
- Pendo Reille Superior Court
- Spokane District Court
- Spokane Municipal Court
We ensure your case is filed in the proper court.