“Throughout this process, Mr. Alexander was dignified, calm, insightful, articulate, and thoroughly knowledgeable. The final settlement that he negotiated for me was equitable and ended in a judgment more favorable than I had anticipated. I recommend Mr. Alexander and his prompt and efficient staff without reservation.”
Divorce can be an unsettling time. I try to provide a calm presence, clear explanations, and the best advice, drawing on my 30+ years of experience. I also try to be as accessible as possible — I want my clients to feel free to call or email me knowing I will take their call if I am available or will respond quickly if I am not. In many divorces, the following questions are the greatest causes of anxiety:
- Will I receive a fair share of our assets?
- What will my future look like?
- Will I be able to live reasonably?
- How much time will I have with my children?
A clear understanding of the divorce process can go far to reduce this anxiety. At our first meeting, we will discuss your concerns, how the courts look at specific issues, and how the legal process will unfold.
Part of my role as your attorney is to explain the range of likely outcomes, given your particular situation, on each issue the court must decide. With a good understanding of these factors, you are in the best position to start deciding how to share the time with your children and how best to separate finances.
When emotions run high, I act as a buffer to help defuse those passions. My job is to help you focus on the things that matter — developing the evidence on each issue that the court must decide: dividing assets and debts, alimony, the parenting plan, and child support. Emotional reactions and mudslinging may feel good in the short run, but often sabotage your best interests.
I believe the judges and commissioners appreciate a reasonable advocate. They face people badmouthing each other on a daily basis. Rather than making a lot of noise without substance, I work with you to support our position with receipts, photos, records, and testimonies from neutral professionals.
Finally, in a divorce it is important to disrupt the children’s lives as little as possible. It is critical that your children not feel placed in the middle, and not be asked to take sides. Part of our job as attorneys and as parents is to protect the children from the conflict as much as possible and not interfere with the love they have for their parents.
Mediation: I also work as a family law settlement conference mediator. As a settlement conference mediator, I help the attorneys for both sides work toward an agreement by giving neutral, experienced feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of both sides’ positions, as well as working to defuse conflict and explore common interests.
If you would like to know more about Mark, read the blog post Meet Mark Alexander.
You can contact Mark directly at email@example.com.
Mark Alexander graduated with honors from Harvard College and attended the Backus School of Law of Case Western Reserve University, where he was a legal research, advocacy, and writing instructor for first-year law students. Licensed as an attorney since 1979 and admitted in five states, he has been practicing family law in the Puget Sound area since 1990. He has served as Managing Attorney for the Family Law Mentor Program of the King County Bar Association, as Chair of its Family Law Section, and as a member for over 15 years of its Local Rules committee. In 2013, Mark was elected to the statewide Family Law Executive Committee of the Washington State Bar Association. In addition to volunteering at the Greenwood and Eastside legal clinics and the Volunteer Settlement Conference program, Mark has been a speaker on divorce and family law at local schools, at seminars for attorneys, and at the University of Washington’s business school.