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Family Law - Where to Turn

Harold M. Turner understands that family legal issues are emotional times for all involved, and works to ensure that your interests are protected at all times. His goal is to offer you compassion as well as expert legal services that will help you reach peaceful resolution.

Areas of Practice
  • Family Law 
  • Divorce
  • Legal separation
  • Domestic partnerships
  • Child custody/visitation
  • Child support
  • Alimony/Spousal maintenance
  • Domestic violence
  • Property distribution
  • Separation
  • Paternity
  • Restraining orders
  • Prenuptial agreement
  • Mediation/Arbitration
  • Guardianship

A family law or divorce issue can be devastating to a person’s life on many different levels. Harold M. Turner takes a personal approach and tailors his legal representation with the client’s needs and goals in mind - whether you have dissolution of marriage or a child support or custody action.
Couples who are dissolving their marriage will need to decide how to divide bank accounts, real estate, automobiles, cash, retirement accounts, divide business, and the list goes on. The issue of alimony or spousal support often becomes an issue in marriages that have lasted beyond a certain period of time or where one party’s income is greater than the other.
Harold M. Turner is an experienced divorce attorney who understands the complex laws in Washington State. 

Child Custody
Child custody issues usually come into play across all different parts of family law such as divorce cases, child support battles, and modification or enforcement of family law orders. These cases involve identifying mutually agreeable time-sharing based on the best needs of the children. Custody cases can sometimes involve Department of Children and Families, Guardians Ad Litem, Law enforcement, Child therapists and psychologists, and testimony from family members, and educators. It is important that you have an attorney who will listen to you and can assist you in deciding who to bring to court or when it is time to think about a settlement.

Child Support
If you are going through a child support case in King, Pierce, or Thurston County, Harold M. Turner can help you understand your case, a support order stemming from a divorce or other type of custody case, or a child support order that needs enforcement or modification.

Parenting Plans
Anytime a family law case (such as paternity or divorce) involves children under the age of eighteen, the court will need to address how parenting time will be divided between the two parents. Harold M. Turner can assist you in developing a parenting plan which serves as a road map to the co-parenting of the child by both parents and establishes a shared parenting and time-sharing plan. This is all in an effort to encourage active involvement by both parents in the lives of the children,  which the courts believe is in their best interests.

Property Distribution
When significant assets are at stake, it is important to get good legal advice as early as possible in the divorce process. Harold M. Turner is fully qualified to help you protect your separate property rights and obtain a fair distribution of marital property.

Alimony/Spousal Maintenance
Alimony, also called spousal support or spousal maintenance, is money paid by one ex-spouse or domestic partner to the other after a marriage is dissolved. In the aftermath of a divorce, one household becomes two, and finances that may have been teetering before are often strained to the breaking point with the need to support two residences. We are here to help people reach fair and sensible spousal support arrangements that reflect the needs of each spouse. The Courts will take many factors into account when determining an equitable spousal support arrangement. Family Law Attorney Harold M. Turner understands the legal complexities regarding spousal support arrangements,  whether you are seeking spousal support or you prefer to minimize your obligation to pay spousal support.

Prenuptial Agreements
The language used in a prenuptial agreement is very important. When Harold Turner drafts a prenuptial agreement, he writes it in the most ironclad language possible. He is a skilled and respected litigator who has a strong track record of obtaining favorable results his clients. He is highly adept in the review and interpretation of prenuptial agreements and presenting persuasive arguments in support of his clients' interests.

Mediation can be a good solution for divorcing spouses who are able to work together to resolve their differences. In mediation, an impartial third party, the mediator, talks through all of the disputes with the sole purpose of helping the spouses negotiate a divorce agreement. The mediator does not represent either spouse, but each spouse has the right to have legal representation throughout the process.
In arbitration, the spouses agree on which arbitrator to hire and to allow him or her to decide those issues that they are not able to resolve themselves. Evidence is usually presented by each side in arbitration. Depending on the nature of your arbitration agreement, the arbitrator's decision can be binding or nonbinding. Harold M. Turner is trained in divorce mediation and represents you at any stage of arbitration, from preliminary meetings through the end of the proceeding.

Guardianship for children are often established by the parents to ensure that their children are looked after in the event that the parents pass away or become incapacitated and no longer able to care for minor children. A guardianship can also be appointed by a court if a child is deemed in danger by an abusive family. The court-appointed guardianship can ensure that the child is safe without having to place them into a foster home.

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