Going Your Separate Ways
If you are like most people facing divorce or another family law matter, you probably feel uninformed, overwhelmed and concerned about your future and your children’s well-being.
My name is Robert N. Getz. Supported by an exceptional professional staff, I take a simple approach to helping you work through complicated, frustrating and — frankly — frightening divorce issues. I promise to keep you informed about the process and confident about your decisions. I have been helping people through the divorce process for more than 30 years and have an excellent case history of satisfied clients.
All it takes to initiate a divorce in Washington is one unhappy member of a couple. Both parties need not be in agreement to move forward. Washington is a no-fault state, which means you don’t have to prove adultery, emotional abuse or any other cause to get a divorce.
I am an experienced, dedicated Snohomish County divorce lawyer and a proud member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. I provide family law services for clients in Snohomish County and Skagit County, Washington. Call 425-405-6278 for a free initial 10-minute phone discussion. You may also contact my office by email to describe your situation and arrange an initial consultation at my office in Everett.
Throughout your case, I will work hard to keep you as informed as possible. You will receive copies of all work done, all letters prepared on your behalf, all pleadings prepared for you, all letters received, all documents received from the opposing attorney or from any other source and detailed monthly billing statements. Please remember that every well-prepared motion, court appearance and settlement proposal requires much paperwork and legal research. Motions, depositions, discovery requests and trial preparation take time. Please be assured that I am doing all I can to adhere to deadlines. If you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to call.
I understand and sympathize with the emotional toll of divorce. While my goal is to help you through this process, I also realize that it’s cheaper to talk to a therapist than it is to talk to a lawyer. I can help connect you with helpful resources to navigate the rough emotional terrain that comes along with divorce.
My Background Informs My Practice
I began my legal career as an attorney in Bloomington (Twin Cities), Minnesota. I went on to become a member of the U.S. Navy’s JAG Corps as a U.S. naval officer, earning a star on my Sea Service Ribbon while serving on the USS Midway (CV-41) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. I experienced remote duty there and while serving on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. I use those experiences as a foundation for my ability to understand the sense of isolation and rough waters that divorce can cause. While serving, I also learned the importance of collaboration and teamwork. That is why I place such a high emphasis on finding creative solutions, including through, mediation and other means of alternative dispute resolution. Fighting over the silverware and furniture doesn’t make financial or emotional sense. Sometimes, even fighting over big issues such as the house or custody can result in frustration and unanticipated problems for yourself, your finances and your kids’ well-being.
If you are considering filing for divorce, get your questions answered. I can help you with issues such as:
- Divorce planning
- Community property disputes
- Commencing the proceedings correctly
- Spousal maintenance and property issues
- Settling disputes between parties
I Focus On Cost-Effective And Efficient Resolutions
Local Washington state courts require divorcing parties to pursue a mediation process to resolve disputes. Our legislature has furthered this approach by adopting the Uniform Collaborative Law Act. Whether your case is undertaken formally as a collaborative case or otherwise is pursued, the attorneys for both parties must look for every opportunity to work out a commonsense, fair settlement through a formal mediation process and intelligent negotiations.
Throughout settlement negotiations, it is easy to get caught up in the emotions of “winning.”. By being fully informed about your long-range interests, you will be in a better position to seek solutions that will still protect your interest years after the dust settles on your divorce judgment.
No Charge For Your Ten-Minute Initial Phone Consultation
Call my office at 425-405-6278 for a free initial 10-minute consultation. My office hours in Everett are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, (9 to 4 on Fridays) with a one-hour lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. Evening and weekend consultations may be available by special arrangement. On-site parking is available.
Don’t need a full range of legal services? Visit my Unbundled Services/Flat Fees page.
I practice with integrity, including transparent and clear billing policies. For your convenience, I accept Visa and MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
*Washington Courts — Uniform Collaborative Law Rules