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Meet Amanda J. Cook, Family Law Attorney

The term family law is often associated with divorce. But family law in Washington is not just about helping people fight their estranged spouse in court. It is about assisting individuals with a wide range of legal issues that affect them and their children. More importantly, it is about empowering people who want to set themselves up for success after their marriage ends.

The Law Office of Amanda J. Cook PLLC focuses exclusively on Washington family law matters. Our family law attorneys represent clients throughout Pierce County looking to achieve a successful family reorganization. This includes answering our clients’ questions and ensuring they make informed decisions about their cases. Whether your case involves traditional litigation or alternative forms of dispute resolution, we will make every effort to achieve a result that leaves you and your family better off.

How Can We Help You?

At the core of our Gig Harbor family law firm are divorce and legal separation matters. While every divorce involves a unique set of interpersonal family law issues, the legal questions that must be resolved are largely the same. With that in mind, our team can help you with any or all of the following:

  • Child Custody and Visitation: If you have young children, your first priority is obviously ensuring their future after your marriage ends. Washington family law does not actually use the term “custody” when resolving who a child will live with or the parents’ ongoing role in making decisions for them. Instead, a court will approve a “parenting plan” that sets “residential time” for each parent. Ideally, the parents can work together to propose a parenting plan to the court, although the judge’s final decision must be based on the best interests of the child.
  • Division of Assets and Liabilities: Washington is a community property state. This means that each spouse has a 50-percent interest in any marital property. This does not, however, mean a court will necessarily divide community property down the middle. If the parties do not reach a voluntary agreement on how to divide assets and liabilities, a judge must make a “fair and equitable” distribution.
  • Child and Spousal Support: Washington has a Child Support Schedule that determines each parent’s financial obligations toward their children. In some divorce cases, one spouse may also seek support or “maintenance” payments, which are based on a number of factors.
  • Contempt and Enforcement of Decrees: Even after a judge issues a final divorce order, it may be necessary for one or both parties to return to court to enforce the terms of the final decree. This may include filing a motion to hold one spouse in contempt of court.

You Always Have Options When It Comes to Family Law

At the Law Office of Amanda J. Cook PLLC, we want you to understand that contested litigation is just one option when it comes to your family law problem. We have also assisted clients seeking resolution through collaborative law or mediation. The important thing is that you feel comfortable with the resolution of your family law case.

If you would like to learn more about your family law options, call us today at 253-265-7515 or contact us online to request a consultation to receive the help you need when it comes to family law cases.

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…Divorce and child custody issues are stressful enough to continually go through ,but Amanda always knew how to ease some of that stress. There’s no better feeling than having the utmost confidence in your attorney. Amanda was always there whenever we had questions or needed clarification. She’s hands down one of the best around!

Steve & Marissa

Amanda went above and beyond to help us in every way when it came to our custody issues. She was there for us every step of the way. Her knowledge and expertise helped us at every turn. She is a wonderful person and even better lawyer to have on your side. Thank you ever so much Amanda for your time and effort.