Family Law Practice in Olympia, WA

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Lawyers Practicing Family Law in Olympia

One of the more difficult challenges a family or a wedded couple can go through is divorce. This is where a family law practice like Cordes Brandt PLLC can help and we represent clients in the Olympia, WA area for child custody and divorce cases. The family law attorneys here provide the finest legal representation and have a great reputation with delivering the best results.
If you need help and are looking for the best legal counsel in Olympia, WA then look no further than the expert lawyers from Cordes Brandt PLLC. We are available for consultations and providing services for family law in your area.

An Overview of Divorce Law

The Difference Between Divorce & Annulment

The primary difference between an annulment and a divorce is that an annulment recognizes that the marriage was never legitimate to begin with. A divorce, however, is a proceeding to bring a legitimate marriage to an end where both parties claim a single status. These proceedings can be quite difficult when children are involved, especially in regard to different state laws. This is why it’s critical to find an attorney who specializes in family law services in order to make the process go smoother and get the results you deserve.

To file for an annulment, there are instances that do qualify for this proceeding. These instances include:

  • Underage Marriages
  • A Marriage That Is Prohibited By the Law
  • Bigamy
  • One of the Parties Has A Physical or Mental Incapacity
  • Forced Consent
  • Fraud
  • One of the Parties Has An Inefficiency to Sexually Ratify the Marriage

To file for divorce, there could be a fault or no-fault reason to dissolve the marriage. Simply, what this means is in the case of no-fault, neither party takes blame, and with the fault option, one of the parties will need to corroborate the reason for divorce.

These are some common reasons to file for divorce:

  • One of the Parties Abandons the Other
  • One of the Parties Has An Addiction Issue
  • One of the Parties Commits Adultery
  • One of the Parties is Responsible For Physical/Emotional Abuse
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Dividing Assets & Liabilities

Personal property tends to accumulate throughout the course of a marriage and in a divorce proceeding, this will need to be divided. This can include financial assets too and it doesn’t matter whose name it’s under. Personal property really makes a divorce proceeding difficult but an experienced family practice attorney can help you divide these assets fairly between the two parties. 

Some examples of property and liabilities can consist of the following:

  • Bank Accounts
  • Retirement Accounts
  • Automobiles
  • Credit Card Debt
  • Homes
  • Timeshares
  • Airline Miles
  • And More



Prenuptial agreements, or commonly referred to as a prenup, is a binding legal contract that is taken before a marriage is conducted. This legal document lists the assets and liabilities that both parties will take on after a divorce or death. Prenups are typically used to secure things like:

  • Coordinating and Designating Property
  • Avoiding Long and Costly Court Proceedings (if the marriage came to a divorce)
  • Setting Certain Financial Responsibilities
  • Preventing One Party Taking on the Other Party’s Debt
  • Dividing Businesses (if the two parties own one)
  • Dividing Assets


If a spouse will be completely disadvantaged after a divorce, they may be able to qualify for a spousal protection payment that is awarded by the court. They’ll go over certain criteria, calculate an amount, and create a payment schedule. For instance, if a spouse is unemployed or brings in a low wage, they may be eligible for alimony. Certain factors the court can consider consist of the person’s age, duration of the marriage, the extent the contributed towards the spouse’s education (if one of the parties attended school), and more. The family law attorney’s at Cordes Brandt PLLC have the expertise to go through these crucial steps in order to provide a fair outcome for the parties involved.

Child Custody

Family law becomes a bit more complex when children are involved, however, getting some help from an experienced attorney, these matters can go smoother. When it comes to child custody, the child or children’s best interest always takes top priority, and that’s why these proceedings can be difficult. The expert family law attorneys at Cordes Brandt PLLC can help determine which situation is best for the child, and this includes evaluating the following:


  • The Parents’ Health
  • Parents’ Ability to Provide
  • Child’s Emotional Ties to the Parent
  • Environmental Security
  • Social Influences and Lifestyle
  • Conditions of Schools
  • Gender, Age, and Physical/Mental Health of the Child
  • Child’s Encouragement to Keep a Positive Relationship With Both Parents

Arrangements for Custody

 The parent who is granted legal custody has the right and the responsibility over the child’s needs, but this can also be shared in a joint custody. The following are typical custody arrangements you would see in a family law case:

  • Joint Custody: Parents share the rights of taking care of the child/children.
  • Bird’s Nest Custody: The child has one home but the parents take turns providing for the child.
  • Sole Custody: One parent has all the rights and responsibilities in caring for the child while the other parent only has visitation rights.
  • Physical Custody: One parent has the child and the time between parents isn’t equally split.

Child Support

Child support is paid to the parent with primary custody of the child. This will be calculated by evaluating certain factors such as: one of the parent’s ability to pay, the child’s needs, and living standard. 

Contact the Family Law Attorneys at Cordes Brandt PLLC

When you need an experienced family law attorney in Olympia, WA then reach out to the experts at Cordes Brandt PLLC. You can call us at 360-489-6714 to schedule a consultation.

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