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Seattle Family Lawyer

Seattle Family Lawyers

Family law matters are deeply personal and can be among the most contentious areas of legal practice. At Petrelli Previtera, LLC, our Seattle WA family law attorneys are committed to helping families resolve their issues and concerns with as little stress and hostility as possible.

Unlike conflicts in many areas of the law, once a family law dispute is resolved, the parties often remain in contact with each other, usually to co-parent their children. Therefore, we pay attention not just to resolving family law matters quickly and favorably but to doing so in a way that allows our clients to move forward successfully after resolution. Bringing clarity out of chaos is our forte.

Family Law Issues We Handle

Our legal team has helped clients with a whole lot of family law issues, and the following is just a snippet of what we can do for you.


The decision to end a relationship and seek a divorce marks a crossroad in your life. You want the best Seattle divorce attorneys on your side who will clearly explain every step, every option, and every legal avenue available. This type of guidance can help you make decisions confidently and start the next chapter of your life with some much-needed peace of mind.

At Petrelli Previtera, LLC, this is the exact type of representation and counsel we provide to each and every client. We know every situation is different. That’s why we strive to be the best family law attorneys in Seattle by taking the time to learn about you and your goals so we can provide detailed advice and help you navigate your divorce action with understanding and a sense of empowerment.

In most cases, you need to negotiate alimony payments, craft a child support plan that’s in your child’s best interests, sort through years of accumulating marital property, and figure out a way to divide them equitably. Our lawyers are adept in all of these issues and more.


Adopting a child is often a complex and bureaucratic process, especially in unusual or nontraditional situations. In these situations, the advantages of having experienced legal guidance and representation are numerous. Our Seattle family lawyers can help you avoid obstacles and complications that tend to cause unnecessary delays and expenses in the adoption process.

Spousal Support/Alimony

The issuance of an order of spousal support is by no means a certainty in a Seattle divorce. The courts will consider a number of factors when determining whether, to what extent, and for what duration spousal support is appropriate. Some of these factors include:

  • The need and ability to pay
  • Length of the marriage
  • Standard of living, and
  • The time needed to acquire suitable employment

Crafting a fair and amicable alimony or spousal support agreement requires the assistance of a high-caliber attorney who understands the subtle differences and legal criteria that might come into play. In an effort to fully protect a client’s rights and interests, a good attorney will work hard to convince the judge to deviate or not deviate from the standard formula as they deem fit.

At Petrelli Previtera, LLC, we assist clients in Queen Anne, Magnolia, Madison Park, Capitol Hill, West Seattle, Fremont, Greenlake, Ballard, Shoreline, and throughout King County in establishing fair and practicable spousal support agreements. All you have to do is give us a call.

Modification or Enforcement of Custody, Visitation, and Support Orders

Change often catches us unawares. If you happen to be on the wrong end of change, don’t fret. You can request the court to terminate or alter a child support, custody, or alimony order. The worst thing you can do at this point is to ignore a court order. At best, it can attract hefty worse. At worst, it can land you in jail. Instead, reach out to an experienced Seattle family law attorney who can help you finalize your petition and defend your rights in court.

Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreements

A properly drafted prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can serve to define and protect the rights and interests of both parties. Entering into such an agreement doesn’t have to be an emotionally charged process. With the guidance of a skilled family lawyer from Petrelli Previtera, LLC, a prenuptial and postnuptial agreement can be a practical, relatively easy solution that can prevent future wrangles and difficulties.

Other aspects of family law that we offer advice on include (but are not limited to):

  • Legal guardianship
  • Grandparent’s rights
  • Shared property rights
  • Domestic partnership agreements

Why Choose Us?

Retaining a Seattle WA family law attorney from Petrelli Previtera, LLC is one of the best decisions you can ever make for your future and your children, and here are several reasons why:

  • An Inc. 5000 firm
  • Ranked Superb on AVVO
  • We treat every client with respect, concern, and dignity
  • We have a deep understanding of how the King County Family Court works. Hiring us offers you the quickest, most reliable way out of your family law chaos.
  • We’ve represented thousands of clients.
  • We fight diligently and passionately for our clients
  • We utilize a client-centered approach through and through to make sure you get the best experience possible
  • We offer appointments in-office, over the phone, and video.

Don’t Go in Alone—the Team at Petrelli Previtera, LLC Can Guide You through the Whole Legal Process

Petrelli Previtera, LLC is both compassionate to your situation and single-minded in our representation. We make sure you are aware of the legal ramifications you’re about to make and fight to protect your rights accordingly. At your first opportunity, we urge you to contact our team, tell us what is going on, and we’ll quickly swing into action.

To set up your first fully confidential consultation with one of our Seattle family attorneys, please do not hesitate to reach out to us today. From our office in King County, we represent clients throughout the larger Seattle region, and we can’t wait to help you step into the next chapter of your life with clarity, confidence, and character.

We are more than willing and happy to help!

Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients have to say about working with us. Please note, results may vary based on individual circumstances.

Melinda Previtera, Esq. came highly recommended to our family. Her knowledge base, professionalism, and compassion paved the way for a successful outcome. Melinda is efficient, detailed, and informative. She helps manage expectations, and postures her client for a fair and equitable result. We are happy to recommend Melinda!

Jennifer A.

My experience was very good. Everyone was professional and attentive to my needs, keeping me updated every step of the way. I couldn’t ask for a better result, highly recommended.

David R.

My marriage life has been a hell for me for the past four years until I decided to put an end to what has to be ended. Choosing a lawyer was another additional stressful part of the long process. I’m so glad that I’ve found the right one for me at Petrelli Previtera. Life isn’t always fair, but at least having her in my corner, felt even better. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough!

Caitlin B.

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