Divorce for Grownups

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Located in Kirkland, WA & Serving the Greater Eastside.

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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


A man that utilized our collaborative divorce services in Kirkland, WA
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Working with both Karin and Melissa made the process much smoother than I thought it would be. They were both very responsive when we had questions (and I had a lot). They addressed the concerns on both sides with understanding and expertise. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a solid, caring legal team for their divorce.


Karin and Melissa were wonderful, and helped me through the process every step of the way to a reasonable settlement. I give them my highest recommendation!


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.


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.

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The lessons learned from this story: Listen to your lawyer about the value of your case; just because you married the owner, it does not become community property and don’t remodel a house that isn't yours. Dave loved to remodel houses. He loved...

Meeting with a Divorce Lawyer

In an initial consult with The Quirk Law Group, here’s what to expect. No forms or papers being pushed at you, just a comfortable conversation with an expert who can answer questions about the divorce process.

Building Your Divorce Team

Dissolving a marriage takes a lot of mental and emotional energy. A team of trusted friends, family, and professionals is recommended so that you can get your new life on track. Here are some recommendations when pulling together your divorce team: Family You are...

Trial Seperations

Legal separation, is it right for me? A legal separation is an alternative to divorce. All issues regarding property and children are resolved just like a divorce except the parties are not free to marry. The parties can file taxes separately. Generally, the spouse is...

What if your spouse is not a “grownup”

COOPERATIVE DIVORCE I am often asked what to do if a spouse is not behaving as a grownup. Does this mean the case has to become contested and ugly? Not necessarily. There are a number of strategies that have worked with my clients. If my client can be the grownup we...

Common Law Marriage

A warm, sunny beach and a man proposes marriage to a woman. He tells her that since they have been living together for four years they will be married anyway in three years because it will be a common law marriage so they might as well do it now. She said yes.
This story was told to me by a friend. It is romantic and funny. It is also based on a myth.

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...