Divorce for Grownups

Family Law

Located in Kirkland, WA & Serving the Greater Eastside.

Respectful, Cooperative Legal Solutions

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LEGAL SERVICES CUSTOMIZED TO YOUR NEEDS & RESOURCES

Karin Quirk’s vision for effective, amicable divorces takes a “grownup” approach to dissolution. This short video gives you an idea of our philosophy and how we achieve great results.

At the Quirk Law Group, we focus on amicable, respectful divorces and doing the utmost to achieve out-of-court resolutions. However, sometimes court intervention is required and you may need the services of an experienced, effective litigator.

Family Law Services

Petition for divorce

We help people with legal separation, or dissolution of a family partnership.

Parenting Plans

Thoughtful, sensible, and effective parenting plans for children

Temporary orders for Support

Temporary orders for support, financial restraints, or use of residence.

Child support

Spousal maintenance

Property settlement agreements

Testimonials

All your correspondence today was so professional and first class. I now know why you were so highly recommended to me. It is much appreciated. I feel like I am in good hands and we are well on our way there.
 
Thank you for always being so quick to respond to my questions and needs. You guys are awesome.

–P

Karin and her team were very professional and easy going especially when it comes to dealing with such a stressful situation. In addition the team’s unique approach of handling divorce was nice as it really helped the process and keep costs reasonable.

Albert E.

Karin Quirk and Jodie Levy both worked on my divorce and custody case over the last two years. I had hoped my divorce would end amicably, however, it did not. Karin and Jodie were amazing and always went above and beyond. They were there for me every step of the way. Most importantly, they always put my kids’ best interests first and fought hard for them. It is always difficult to trust someone new when your children are involved, but I had no issues with Karin and Jodie. I trust them completely and cannot recommend them more. They handled my trying and difficult case with kindness, respect, and an unwavering determination. I owe them so much more than I can repay. Karin and Jodie took care of my kids and me through one of the hardest times of my life.

Devon

Keep Divorce Information Private

At one-time divorce files could be “sealed” so that no one other than the parties or their attorney could look at them. That is no longer the case. Divorce files are now public record and available to anyone, with or without a legitimate purpose, but there is something you can do to keep them private.

Co-Owning Property With a Former Spouse

Divorce property settlement agreements are typically based upon the concept that real estate values only go up and there is always equity in the family home. In reality, you never know how real estate values are going to be. There may be times when there are questions concerning what to do about houses that are valued at less than the mortgage, rental property, and houses that have dropped so far in value the owners want to maintain the property long enough to recover some of their losses. You never know what the market is going to be like…These are some questions I frequently hear:

An Amicable Divorce is Possible

As a seasoned divorce attorney, I have observed the damage people do to their children and each other when dissolving their marriage. Discussions over child custody, property division and support can become quite heated, especially considering the emotional aspects of...

Seven Common Misconceptions About Divorce in Washington State

1. This is a community property state so everything is 50-50 While asset and debt acquired during the marriage is community property in Washington, it is not necessarily divided equally. The operating word in Washington is “equitable.” There are a number of standards...

Ten Things to Consider When Selling Your House During a Divorce

1. Selecting an agent to work with Real estate agents tell me that their worst nightmare is a couple that can’t cooperate on selling a house. The real estate agent cannot represent just one of you and it is important to select an agent who can work with both of you....

Is Your Divorce too Complex for an Amicable Solution?

Lately, I have been seeing print and television ads for "complex" divorces, implying that some divorces require special handling by only those certain lawyers. Sometimes folks approach me and tell me they would like to engage in a respectful, cooperative divorce but...

Tell it to the Judge!

I have been making it my mission to change the way people think about divorce. I truly believe in empowering couples to dissolve their marriage in a respectful cooperative way without going to court. Most people find going to court for their family law cases to be a...

The Business was Forced to Close Because of the Owner’s Divorce

I was disappointed as I approached a favorite business only to find it had closed its doors for good. An employee of a neighboring business told me it closed because the owner had gotten a divorce. As a divorce lawyer, this made no sense to me. Why would a divorce...

A Lawyer’s Most Often Used Word — It Depends

Sometimes Facebook has a game where it shows you your most often used words as a digital image depending on size.  If such a game existed for my conversation with clients, the word or phrase that would be the largest up front and center would be IT DEPENDS. How much...

How Do You Know When to End the Marriage?

WALKING ON EGGSHELLS. The absolutely most common reason I hear is “I feel like I’m walking on eggshells. Nothing I do is right.” It is really difficult to live under constant criticism. As the individual's self-esteem is lowered by their partner, they are vulnerable...