I have experienced divorce first hand. I know how overwhelming and frightening the experience can feel, especially when you have children. One of my proudest accomplishments is having navigated an amicable divorce and successful, long-distance co-parenting relationship with my ex-husband. Keeping in mind how much we both love our daughter, we came up with a creative parenting plan that took into consideration our daughter’s evolving needs, her relationship with both of us, and our three hour geographic distance. Years later, our co-parenting relationship continues to be strong and our daughter is thriving. I am remarried. I feel lucky that my husband and I get to blend our children’s lives and build a bonus family together.
Divorce is an end but it’s also a new beginning. I believe it is important to approach the divorce process creatively and to keep the long-term future in mind. I enjoy helping our clients make informed decisions for their family’s future from a position of strength and knowledge.
I am passionate about the right to access information. Prior to going into law, I worked at an academic library. Today, I am a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation, a non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with the American Library Association. I also am a member of Planned Parenthood Northwest which helps preserve access to non-judgmental healthcare and information for families in our area.
I attended law school at Seattle University School of Law in the evening and worked full-time as a family law paralegal. During school, I studied International Comparative Family Law in Madrid, Spain. I also interned for the International Human Rights Clinic. These experiences have given me a deeper appreciation of the common challenges humans face everywhere, especially when it comes to family issues such as divorce and child custody.
I’m a big fan of libraries, yoga and poetry. I treasure every moment I get to spend with my daughter and new family. I adore adventuring with my husband to explore new places, but I’m also happy just being home and reading a great book beside him.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Washington, 2016
- Seattle University, School of Law, Seattle, Washington
- J.D. 2015
- Selected student speaker at commencement ceremony
- Washington State University, Richland, Washington
- B.A. summa cum laude 2006
- Major: Philosophy, Psychology
- Volunteer, King County Bar Association, Housing Justice Project
- Volunteer, King County Bar Association, Family Law Mentor Program (past)
- Member, Freedom to Read Foundation
- Member, Planned Parenthood Northwest
- American Bar Association, Member
- Washington State Bar Association, Member
- King County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
- King County Bar Association, Collaborative Law Section, Member