Family Law

Dedicated Family Law Firm Proudly Serving Clark County

The field of family law tends to involve highly sensitive and deeply personal matters. Whether you are coping with the failure of your marriage or you are involved in a contentious legal battle with an ex about a child custody issue, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and vulnerable during this challenging time. However, as isolated and depleted as you may feel right now, you do not have to face the future on your own. Over the years, The Vern McCray Law Firm, PLLC, has handled every type of family law case imaginable. Principal attorney Vern McCray always puts the best interests of his clients at the heart of everything he does. His family law practice centers on pursuing the most effective and strategic path forward to help each client achieve their desired outcome. Our law practice enjoys forging meaningful and lasting client relationships, partnering with those we serve to ensure that they have the solid and secure foundations they need to enjoy a bright and stable future. 

Over the last several decades, The Vern McCray Law Firm, PLLC, has helped numerous individuals and generations of families throughout Southwest Washington State successfully resolve their family law disputes. Our comprehensive family law attorney services have enabled us to take on virtually every type of family law case, including (but not limited to) the following: Divorce, dissolution of marriage, and legal separation; child custody and visitation; parenting plans; property division; spousal support; child support; domestic violence protection orders and anti-harassment protection orders; modification actions for parenting plans and child support; cohabitation agreements; mediation and arbitration; and many other family law matters. Regardless of the specific details of your family law matter, you can trust that our seasoned and empathetic Camas family law attorneys have what it takes to help you secure your desired outcome.

Helping You Move Through the Divorce Process in Washington State

As you start to evaluate your options for securing a divorce in Washington State, it’s understandable that you would have several questions about what to expect at each step of the process. Enlisting the guidance and support of a knowledgeable and understanding Vancouver family law and divorce attorney is a great way to make informed decisions with greater certainty and confidence. Over the years, The Vern McCray Law Firm, PLLC, has helped several clients throughout Clark County navigate the marriage dissolution process and achieve their divorce goals.

Since Washington is what’s known as a “no-fault” divorce state, either spouse may file a petition for the dissolution of marriage at any time (and for any reason). When you or your spouse file a petition for divorce, this action will trigger a mandatory 90-day waiting period until the court finalizes the divorce. However, when the spouses are unable to communicate openly and productively, the divorce may take more time to finalize (i.e., several months or even years, depending on the complexity of the case). Whatever the shape of your divorce journey may be, our team of highly skilled and caring divorce attorneys is prepared to help you navigate every facet of your separation, including the following considerations: 

  • Filing or responding to a petition for dissolution of marriage
  • Developing a parenting plan
  • Establishing child custody and setting a visitation schedule
  • Negotiating property division (i.e., real estate property, business interests, retirement assets, bank accounts, etc.)
  • Negotiating a spousal support agreement
  • Negotiating child support
  • Seeking or defending against domestic violence protection orders (DVPO) and anti-harassment protection orders
  • Creating or enforcing cohabitation agreements
  • Creating or enforcing prenuptial, postnuptial, and affirmation agreements
  • Exploring alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services, such as mediation and arbitration
  • Moving through the collaborative divorce process

Some cases may involve allegations of domestic violence, which may lead to a concurrent case that moves through the criminal court system. If your ex-spouse is accusing you of domestic assault, stalking, harassment, a sex crime, or other abusive behaviors, it’s essential to work with a highly qualified divorce attorney who has a thorough and robust background in criminal law. You can trust that experienced attorney Vern McCray will investigate every detail of your situation to determine the most strategic path forward, whether this means petitioning the court for a domestic violence protection order (DVPO) or defending you against exaggerated or downright false allegations of domestic violence. No matter what the details of your case may be, you can rely on our proven track record of effective legal advocacy to help you secure the most fair and favorable outcome possible. 

Resolving Child Custody Disputes With Care and Empathy

Parents want what’s best for their children. Coping with a failed marriage or vindictive ex can be incredibly overwhelming and stressful, especially as you are trying to protect your children from strife and turmoil. If you are struggling with a contentious divorce or your child’s other parent is accusing you of neglect, abuse, or parental wrongdoing, experienced child custody attorney Vern McCray is ready to defend you and your child’s best interests at every opportunity. For over three decades, The Vern McCray Law Firm, PLLC, has been supporting individuals and families throughout Southwest Washington and helping them obtain their desired resolutions. Our firm is proud to offer practical, effective, and client-centered legal guidance that aims to keep your future bright.

Over the years, The Vern McCray Law Firm, PLLC, has handled every type of family law case imaginable. We are prepared to assist you with any of the following child custody matters:

  • Establishing or modifying child custody and parental visitation rights
  • Creating or modifying parenting plans
  • Establishing a child support agreement
  • Modifying a child support order
  • Filing for (or defending against) protection orders, including Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPO) and Anti-Harassment Protection Orders
  • Seeking financial support for college or post-secondary education
  • Coping with parental relocation or establishing long-distance parenting plans
  • Navigating investigations and interviews with Child Protective Services (CPS)
  • Exploring alternative dispute resolution (ASR) services, such as mediation or arbitration

Our seasoned child custody legal professionals recognize that some family law disputes may involve allegations of parental wrongdoing or abuse. Unfortunately, a bitter or manipulative ex may make false claims in order to secure a more favorable child custody agreement, which can have disastrous and life-altering consequences for the parent accused of wrongdoing. If you are facing an investigation or interview with Child Protective Services, or if law enforcement is investigating criminal allegations against you, experienced criminal defense and family law attorney Vern McCray is ready to protect your rights and advocate vocally on your behalf. No matter what the unique circumstances of your child custody dispute may be, you can rely on us to defend your legal rights and pursue the most favorable outcome possible.

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