Sara, Humphries, family law, civil defense, appellate law

Sara Humphries

Sara Humphries’ practice focuses on family law, civil defense litigation and appellate law. She is especially well prepared, earning an advanced degree (LL.M.) in the areas of constitutional law, federal courts and appellate advocacy.

Practical experience and advanced coursework

Sara earned her BA from the Queens University of Charlotte in 2000, and her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2003. In 2011 Pennsylvania State University awarded her the LL.M. (Legum Magister) advanced law degree. She clerked with two law firms during her coursework, starting in 1998.

Since moving to Kitsap County, Sara has rapidly become a part of the community. She joined the board of Kitsap Legal Services in 2012. Recently, the Kitsap County Bar Associate awarded her their Humanitarian Award.

As a military spouse and foster parent, she adds practical experience to her family law practice.  Sara enjoys spending time with her family, singing and volunteering in her church and community. One of her community involvements is a choir that performs for the Washington Corrections Center for Women.


 

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Bar Admissions

Washington, 2005

Education

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
LL.M. – 2011

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
J.D. – 2003

Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

B.A. – 2000

GSJones Law Group, P.S.

Family Law Attorneys

Family law

Family law attorneys easily handle emergency motions and complex cases

Whether you are consulting on divorce issues, child custody issues, or other family law issues our attorneys stand ready to listen to you carefully. As a result, they base their legal guidance on your individual needs and desires. They provide legal guidance and support when you need it throughout the process.

In addition, they have the experience and depth to handle emergency motions and the most complex cases with ease. Although there are several excellent family law attorneys on Kitsap Peninsula, our team provides the depth they lack. We have the backup when your lawyer has a personal emergency. Due to teamwork, we seamlessly take care of your case. You don’t have to worry if you have an emergency during your own lawyer’s vacation. Most of all, we’re there for you. One of our partners is also available by cell after hours for custody emergencies: 253-381-6395.

GSJones Law family attorneys are flexible with four decades of experience.

Your family is unique. Do you and your spouse agree on how to divide your property? How about co-parenting your children? If so, we can help you expedite a divorce. We can create a cost-sensitive plan that is tailored to your circumstances.

Do you and your spouse have different ideas about child custody and visitation? How about expectations and beliefs about child custody and visitation? Are there disagreements about how to divide your property? Our experienced attorneys can guide you in reaching the best result whatever your disagreements.

On the other hand, we bring strong advocacy throughout a contested divorce with all its many challenges. In addition, our family law attorneys have extensive experience in helping you settle contentious matters with the least upset and move on with your life.

Our lawyers have the background and extensive experience to deal effectively with the most difficult child custody situations. As an example, John Groseclose serves as a guardian ad litem. In addition, David Jones served for many years as commissioner for settlement conferences. Due to these experiences, our attorneys combine sensitivity with practical and legal knowledge. As a result, the can best support your family and get the very best outcome.

Our family law attorneys offer a full range of family law services.

  • Child custody
  • Specialized parenting plans
  • Multistate issues and relocation
  • Grandparents’ visitation and custody
  • Child support
  • Divorce and separation
  • Spousal maintenance/alimony
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Modifications of support or custody
  • Military divorce
  • Protection orders
  • Restraining orders
  • Paternity
  • Non-parental custody
  • Property division in divorce
  • QDROs determining division of retirement accounts
  • Non-traditional dissolution of domestic partnerships
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Adoption
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Family law appeals
  • Visitation

Frequently asked questions

You probably have many questions about how family law works so that you know what to expect. For a basic understanding of the process of divorce in Washington State check out our divorce faq. Knowledge is your best insurance for making good decisions.

Experienced Port Orchard family law attorneys

In addition to two of our partners who focus on divorce and child custody law, one of our other attorneys has extensive family law experience, as does a recently retired attorney who is on-call for emergencies.

John Groseclose, personal injury, family law attorney David Jones Family Law Attorney

 

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Based in Port Orchard, WA GSJones Law Group, P.S., represents Kitsap County residents, as well as clients from throughout surrounding counties and communities. Among the communities are Gig Harbor, Bremerton, Silverdale, Seabeck, Belfair, Banner, Olalla, Poulsbo,  Bethel, Navy Yard City, Fernwood, Purdy. Clients also come from Bainbridge Island and Vashon Island, as well as surrounding areas in Mason County, and Jefferson County.

Experienced Divorce Lawyers

Our divorce lawyers’ primary goal is to help you obtain the best outcome and get on with your life.

divorce lawyers

Divorce is one of the most stressful and emotionally wrenching experiences of your life. As a result, you want to make sure that your attorney has the experience and approach that you need to guide you through unfamiliar, rough waters. In their 90 years of experience, our divorce lawyers have seen it all. Most of all, they put that experience to work for you. Our primary goal is to help you reach the best outcome with the least amount of stress and emotional disturbance possible. We want you to get on with your life as easily and quickly as possible. On the other hand, we are well-prepared to handle high conflict divorces and complex property divisions.

We bring 4+ decades of guiding people through divorce.

  • Divorce and separation
  • Specialized parenting plans
  • Multistate divorce
  • Military divorce
  • Spousal maintenance/alimony
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Modifications of support or custody
  • Protection orders
  • Restraining orders
  • Property division
  • QDROs determining division of retirement accounts
  • Non-traditional dissolution of domestic partnership

Frequently asked questions

You probably have many questions about how divorce works so that you know what to expect. For a basic understanding of the process of divorce in Washington State check out our divorce faq. Knowledge is your best insurance for making good decisions.

Choose the divorce attorney that best suits you.

Our divorce lawyers work as a team, consulting one another’s expertise when necessary. To the team formed by two of our partners, we add other attorneys who are experienced in divorce but have other foci now. That means that if you have a family law emergency and your attorney is not available, there is always an experienced divorce lawyer with access to your files who can help you.

John Groseclose, personal injury, family law attorney David Jones Family Law Attorney

  • John Groseclose, Partner, also serves as a guardian ad litem, representing the interests of children.
  • David Jones, Managing Partner, has 25 years of family law experience in Kitsap County.

Based in Port Orchard, WA, GSJones Law Group, P.S., represents Kitsap County residents as well as clients from throughout surrounding counties and communities, including Gig Harbor, Bremerton, Silverdale, Seabeck, Belfair, Banner, Olalla, Poulsbo, Bethel, Navy Yard City, Fernwood, Purdy, Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island and surrounding areas in Mason County, and Jefferson County.

Contact us today!

You may find our blog post on books for divorce helpful.

Washington State Divorce faq

Washington State Divorce faqDivorce faq answers your basic questions about divorce.

We want you, as a client, to be well-informed about the divorce process in Washington State. It will help you to make the best decisions about your case. This divorce faq provides a basic outline so that you know what to expect. You will surely have more detailed questions about the process. Your attorney is happy to answer those questions.

What are the requirements for a divorce in Washington State?

All of the following must be true.

  • Be married legally or meet the requirements for common law marriage in another state or marriage laws in a country in which you lived. (Washington does not have common law marriage.)
  • One of you must have permanent residence in Washington State. The exception for service members is that the military spouse must be stationed here for at least 90 days after you file and serve your divorce paper.
  • The marriage can’t be fixed (“irretrievably broken” in legal speak).
  • File and serve the Summons and Divorce Petition, according to the rules.

How long does a divorce take?

At the earliest, an uncontested divorce may be final 90 days after filing. A contested divorce may take longer. Yet, in the interim, the court can issue temporary orders for such urgent issues as child support and spousal maintenance, if you request them.

Can my spouse prevent the divorce?

No.

If you meet all the requirements, the judge will grant the divorce. There are plenty of issues your spouse can argue that may anger you and cause delays. They cannot, however, prevent the divorce. A spouse who does not want a divorce will probably argue over how to divide your property and debts, alimony (known as spousal maintenance), child custody and visitation rights for any children and child support.

If your spouse fails to respond to your divorce petition within 20 days, the court may enter a default judgment in your favor. You will still need to wait the full 90 days for the divorce to be final. There is an exception if your spouse lives outside the state. In those cases, the spouse has 60 days to respond.

What can a court do as a part of the divorce?

  • Separate property and debts between you and your spouse, for all property located in this state.
  • Decide if maintenance (alimony) is needed and order payments.
  • Issue restraining orders or protection orders, if needed.
  • Order custody and visitation (parenting plan and residential plan) for any minor children, in most cases. The issue is more complex if you are new to the state or a parent lives in another state.
  • Set and order child support in most cases. Once again, the issue is more complex if you are new to this state and a parent lives in another state.
  • Grant legal name changes if requested.

Do I need a lawyer to get a divorce?

Not necessarily. It is always best, however, to hire an attorney if you can afford it. We have found that even spouses that initially think they agree find areas of disagreement during the process. Too often normally rational, even-tempered people become unreasonable as the many emotions that divorce evokes come up.

You may also have rights that you can only discover when you use an attorney.

It may be possible to handle your own divorce if you and your spouse are in absolute agreement about every issue of the divorce. Be sure to explore together every issue that might arise before deciding.

It is not advisable to handle your own divorce if you have:

  • Children.
  • Substantial property.
  • Any disagreements.
  • Property in other states.
  • A spouse who lives in another state or country.
  • Lived here a short time.

Consider consulting an attorney to review your divorce papers. The cost of an hour or two of consultation can save you much more both financially and emotionally.

Use the forms and instructions at the Washington Courts website. These forms are also helpful in deciding whether or not you need an attorney and in preparing to meet with your attorney. They give you a good idea of the questions she or he will ask you.

What are other options for ending a marriage in Washington State?

Legal Separation

Legal separations include property and debt divisions, as well as the same decisions about child support and parenting plans as a divorce. It does, however, not end your marriage. You cannot remarry. In addition, a separation does not affect Social Security benefits, and it may fail to affect other financial areas. It’s best to consult an attorney.

Annulment

Once a court issues an annulment, it’s as if the marriage never happened. At least one spouse must live in Washington or, if in the military, must be stationed here.

If the residency requirement is met an annulment is possible if one of these is true.

  • At least one spouse was too young to marry.
  • The spouses are related by blood.
  • At least one spouse was already married to someone else.
  • One spouse committed fraud or was fraudulent during the marriage.
  • One spouse was unable to consent at the time of marriage because of mental incapacity or the use of alcohol/drugs.

In the case of an underage or mentally incapacitated spouse, a guardian may file. In the case of bigamy, a child or other spouse may file. You may not get an annulment if you are a minor and continue to live with your spouse after the age of 18.

The more you have; the more paperwork you will do.

You must be prepared to fairly divide your property and to plan well for your new life. This requires gathering documents and knowing your financial information in detail. For instance, you need to gather deeds and titles, bank and credit account details, investment information, and information on furniture, art, and other personal property. In addition, you need to compile lists of current and future expenses.

Fidelity Investment has compiled a helpful checklist for gathering the documents needed for divorce.

If you decide you need a divorce attorney

Could one of our divorce lawyers be the right one for you?  Check out the page about our divorce practice.

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Or contact us directly to set up an appointment.

books on divorce

Books on divorce

A good divorce lawyer is essential; good books on divorce are vital

Divorce is tough. Our five divorce attorneys know that well. Nothing is more important than family and friends that can listen and offer practical support. On the other hand, there are many aspects of divorce where specific expertise can help. At GSJones Law Group we have five divorce lawyers who guide you steadily and empathetically through the legal process. We are not, however, child development experts. Or couples counselors, although we often can do a lot to help you and your spouse separate with less rancor.

Here are a few books on divorce that others who have gone through divorce found helpful.

Your emotions

You can choose from a vast number of books to help you deal with your emotions, both old and new. Here are a few to get you started.

Making the decision to divorce

Let’s start with a book to help you decide whether or not to divorce, Too Good to Leave to Bad to Stay, A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping You Decide Whether to Stay in or Get Out of Your Relationship, Mira Kirshenbaum. Use the 36 diagnostic questions to help you make the fateful decision. The author is the clinical director of Chestnut Hill Institute, a psychotherapy clinic that uses the latest research.

Another research-based book, What Makes Love Last?: How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal, John Gottman and Nan Silver, lays out the elements of lasting love and shows you how to identify signs, behaviors, and attitudes that indicate a fraying relationship. It also provides strategies for repairing what may seem lost or broken.

Books on divorce

In print for 35 years, you may want to start with this classic in its 35th-anniversary edition: Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends, Bruce Fisher, Robert Alberti, and Virginia Satir. It provides a 19-step process for rebuilding your life after divorce. From amazon.com: “…this book offers just the right balance of shoulder-to-cry-on and kick-in-the-pants self-help!”

The aptly named Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life, Abigail Trafford,  helps you understand your experiences as you weather the turmoil. The latest edition contains the most up-to-date research on the personal and economic effects of divorce. The new edition also adds a section on becoming single again in the age of the Internet.

Spiritual Divorce: Divorce as a catalyst for an extraordinary life, Debbie Ford, offers Seven Spiritual Laws: acceptance, surrender, divine guidance, responsibility, choice, forgiveness and creation. Based in Jungian psychology, you may find this book most helpful if you use a 12-step program or are familiar with A Course in Miracles.

How to Survive the Loss of a Love, Peter McWilliams, Harold H. Bloomfield, & Melba Colgrove, has stood the test of time. It provides comfort and recommendations in an easy-to-read format.

Books on domestic violence and other high conflict divorces

Lundy Bancroft, who counsels abusive men, offers insight into the thinking and emotions of abusers in Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling MenHe also gives advice on how to safely escape from abusive relationships.

Personal accounts of divorce

Hollywood screenwriter Chris Easterly’s account of his divorce in Falling Forward: A Man’s Memoir of Divorce explores his emotional journey from discovering his wife’s affair to eventual healing. It helps affirm the fact that you will survive.

Another professional writer offers a women’s account in Split: A Memoir of Divorce by Suzanne Finnamore. Goodreads: “Prescriptive yet full of pragmatic advice, insight and black humor, Split is a finely wrought tourniquet for a broken union and its attendant trauma.”

Your children and divorce

Parents

The Co-Parents’ Handbook: Raising Well-Adjusted, Resilient, and Resourceful Kids in a Two-Home Family from Little Ones to Young AdultsKaren Bonnell, takes a how-to approach to guiding you and your ex-spouse through the challenges of co-parenting.

If co-parenting isn’t working, check out Joint Custody with a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex- A Hands-on, Practical Guide to Communicating with a Difficult Ex-Spouse, Julie Ross, M.A., & Julie Corcoran. It offers easy-to-use communication techniques for dealing with difficult exes in parenting.

When Dad Hurts Mom: Helping Your Children Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse, Lundy Bancroft, provides advice for abused parents on protecting their children, as well as helping them heal and feel good about themselves. In addition, it provides tips about custody. 

Young children

It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce, Vicki Lansky, is designed for children who have both parents active in their lives. In addition to a read aloud story, it also offers advice to parents on being a successful co-parent.

Two Homes, Claire Masurel is for very young children. Here’s a sample: “At Mommy’s house, Alex has a soft chair. At Daddy’s house, Alex has a rocking chair. In each home, Alex also has a special bedroom and lots of friends to play with.”

On the same topic as Two Homes for a slightly older child, Standing on My Own Two Feet: A Child’s Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce, Tamara Schmitz

By the estimable Fred Rogers Let’s Talk About It: Divorce (Mr. Rogers) helps children through the third grade identify and talk about their feelings.

Tweens

It’s Not the End of the World by Judy Blume – a classic yet still relevant novel that follows 11-year-old Karen as her parents’ divorce.

Your spirits

Sixteenth on amazon.com’s list of most popular books on divorce is Revelations of Divine Love by the 14th-century Christian mystic Julian of NorwichWhat could an old hermit know about going through a divorce? Why would she speak to the hearts of people going through one of the saddest, toughest periods of their lives? Well, it takes spiritual grounding to be strong and resilient. And nothing demands strength and resiliency like divorce.

Maybe 600-year-old Christian mysticism isn’t your cup of tea. How about modern Buddhist lovingkindness meditation? One of the foremost American Buddhist teachers, Sharon Salzberg, recently released a book, called Real Love. Real Love is a creative toolkit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that help you to truly engage with your present experience and create deeper love relationships with yourself, friends and family, and with life itself.

Even older than Julian of Norwich is the Sufi poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī. His 800th birth anniversary was celebrated all over the world. While not a book on divorce, love is a frequent topic of his religious poetry. The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks, is a great way to start. It is full of both the ecstasy and the agony of human and spiritual love. Or perhaps, you want to steer away from love and concentrate on your own inner life. Rumi’s Little Book of Life might be just what you need.

Most Christian denominations have daily devotion guides. If you have not been using one, now might be a good time to start. Your pastor will be happy to help you find the right one.

If you’re looking for a good divorce lawyer in Port Orchard and Kitsap County, check out our Divorce and Family Law Attorney page.