In a perfect world one might say divorce never happens, but if they do our clients would get exactly what they ask for every time and the other parties would agree without question. The reality in divorce matters is that both parties will almost universally have to compromise something before the matter is finalized.
Negotiation is a fundamental part of most divorce cases. Where possible, we encourage our clients to make an effort to communicate with their spouses to come to a fair and equitable agreement for splitting the marital estate and ensuring responsible opportunity for both parents to care for their children. Those communications are not always possible or effective.
At Compass Legal Services, P.S. each Kitsap County Divorce Lawyer is highly skilled in the art of negotiation and have illustrated their ability to protect our client’s best interests repeatedly in diverse circumstances. Managing Attorney Heather Forrler has an extensive background in settlement negotiation in both Personal Injury and Family Law. She is a trained mediator and serves as an Arbitrator for the State of Washington and Kitsap County. Attorney Eric McDonald is also a highly trained and experienced negotiator bringing both his experience as a Naval JAG Corps attorney and intensive training in high level negotiation acquired through his naval and legal career and while completing a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
At Compass Legal Services, P.S., our legal practice is an intentional extension of the values our staff and attorneys hold for ourselves and our families. As members of our community reach out to us for help, they recognize quickly that we value them as people and our desire to help them is as genuine as our desire to help our families and our neighbors. Our integrity is important to us and we strive to help our clients traverse complicated and emotional legal process with their own personal values intact. We endeavor to treat all people with respect.
From our experience working with hundreds of clients involved in divorce matters, divorce does not have to be explosive and dramatic. Such circumstances are the result of choices, often entirely beyond our clients’ control. Our Kitsap County Divorce Lawyers do not engage in legal warfare for the sake of vengeance and rampant emotionalism. Wherever possible, we promote peaceful negotiation and equitable settlement because experience has proven that the best results usually arise from these methods. When such methods become impossible, we advocate for our client’s best interests with precise and carefully considered strategy. There is an important distinction between aggressive and effective.
Ultimately, the safety and well-being of children involved in the cases we work on and the safety and well-being of our clients are our top priorities. To the limits of our power, we work to protect these individuals from unnecessary stresses, intimidation, threats or attack by opposing parties and counsel.