Steve Hemmat

June 2nd, 2023

Understanding Discovery in Washington Family Law: An Essential Guide

What is discovery, and how does it impact the legal process? Today, we learn more about the most mysterious facets of the American legal system.


May 28th, 2023

What is the Difference Between a Protection Order and a No-Contact Order in Washington State?

While many assume that a Protection Order and a No-Contact Order can be used interchangeably to refer to a restraining order, these terms actually refer to two different legal procedures. No-Contact Orders concern criminal matters, while Protection Orders apply to civil matters.


May 24th, 2023

What is Contempt of Court in Washington State?

Washington family courts enter orders all the time, but not all litigators follow them. What happens when a party ignores a court order, what are the challenges and risks in motioning for contempt, and how might the process impact your family law case.


May 19th, 2023

Understanding Process Service: An Easy Guide to Washington State Law

Washington courts require process service. But what is it, and why is it necessary in the age of emails and direct messaging? Learn more about the basics of process and how it might impact you.


May 8th, 2023

Is it Better to File for Divorce First in Seattle?

For the most part, Washington courts do not view the spouse petitioning for divorce any differently from the responding party. However, there are certain circumstances in which it may be advantageous to assume the role of the petitioner.


April 21st, 2023

Annulment vs. Divorce in Washington State: What Are the Differences?

Spouses do not need to prove grounds for pursuing a divorce in Washington state, but they will have to do so when seeking an annulment. Talk to an attorney to learn more about the differences between an annulment and a divorce.


April 12th, 2023

Can You Divorce Without a Lawyer in Washington State?

Although you may obtain a divorce in Washington without an attorney, it’s highly beneficial to work with an experienced and caring lawyer to ensure that you walk away from your marriage with the solid foundation you need to move forward with confidence.


March 21st, 2023

How To Tell if Washington Has Jurisdiction in Your Family Law Case

When you move forward with a family law matter, you must file the required paperwork with the court that has the legal authority (or jurisdiction) to oversee the case. Determining jurisdiction can be complicated, so reach out to a family law attorney for guidance.


February 28th, 2023

The Consequences of Violating a Domestic Violence Protection Order in Washington State

Any violation of the requirements outlined in a Domestic Violence Protection Order can lead to significant consequences, including costly fines and even imprisonment. Reach out to a trusted Seattle attorney today to discuss your case.


February 7th, 2023

What Am I Entitled to in a Washington State Divorce?

The court will look at several factors in its approach to property allocation between the two parties to ensure that both spouses will have the necessary financial resources to start their post-divorce lives. Discuss your goals with a trusted divorce attorney today to learn more.