Family Law

Family Law


Family law is very rewarding, but is often extremely challenging. The most common family law issues are divorce, domestic violence, child custody, and child support. Understandably, clients typically experience a wide range of emotions that often resemble the ‘5 Stages of Grief’. It’s no surprise that family law attorneys are considered a resilient group among their colleagues – a certain level of strength and professionalism is needed to be able to efficiently and ethically represent your clients. Bender Law's owner and principal attorney, Rachel Bender, is an experienced family law trial attorney and is a firm champion for her clients.

Our firm can help with the following matters:

  • Divorce
  • Legal Separation
  • Parenting Plans
  • Third-Party (Non-parent) Custody
  • Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders
  • Committed Intimate Relationships
  • Community Property Agreements
  • Marital Agreements 
  • Family Contracts
  • Name Changes

In some cases, couples may agree on nearly everything associated with the divorce process. This may result in one or both parties determining they do not need to seek the advice of a family lawyer to guide them through the divorce process.

However, it can be helpful to have an attorney review their agreements prior to signing them. Bender Law is more than happy to review your agreements to ensure your rights are protected and help you determine if representing yourself is a good idea.

Notable Family Law Cases

Bender Law has obtained favorable outcomes for a wide range of clients in a variety of situations. See below for examples of our successes.

  • We reached an advantageous high-six-figure settlement, including long-term spousal maintenance, for a spouse in the dissolution of a lengthy marriage.
  • In the contentious dissolution of another long-term marriage, we obtained a complex multimillion-dollar agreement involving cash and local and international real estate assets for a high-net-worth financial-services professional.
  • We negotiated a $500,000 cash settlement, plus multi-year spousal maintenance, for a spouse in a short-term marriage with no children.
  • In a complicated short-term marriage dissolution, we secured a 100% ownership stake for our client in a jointly run business.
  • We obtained a highly favorable $300,000 settlement, including long-term spousal maintenance, for a spouse in a long-term marriage dissolution.
  • We helped our client gain multi-year spousal maintenance in a military divorce that followed a short-term marriage.
  • In a highly contentious dissolution of a short-term marriage, we secured a five-figure settlement for our client.
  • We successfully defended our client in a difficult non-parent custody action, obtaining favorable orders requiring the return of the child involved to the biological father.

For a free consultation, call , call (206) 577-7987 or submit your inquiry below.

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