Megan Stanley

Partner

Since becoming licensed as an attorney in 1994, Megan has worked in many different roles to improve outcomes for children. She began her career at a firm practicing juvenile dependency and family law.

In 1996, Megan opened her own practice representing parents and children in juvenile dependency and family law matters.  In 2001, Megan transitioned her practice to focus on Title 26 Guardian ad Litem (GAL) matters, representing the best interest of children in family law cases. This allowed her to devote more time to raising her two daughters. Serving as a GAL for children and minor parents, Megan gained experience in child development, family dynamics and conflict resolution. Her GAL appointments involved investigating complex parenting issues including substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence.

Megan is a skilled mediator, having served for 10 years as a contract mediator for the King County Prosecuting Attorney Family Support Division. In this role, she mediated parenting and child support disputes in paternity matters.

Her practice includes complex divorce, legal separation, paternity, establishment and modification of parenting plan and child support matters.  Megan is developing her practice to include and respond to the state’s statutory changes related to assisted reproduction and surrogacy agreements.

Megan has many years of litigation experience in both juvenile and family court proceedings.  She is confident and comfortable in the courtroom.  She spends a great deal of time working with her clients to explore options, identify goals and provide advice so they can make informed decisions whether to proceed through settlement negotiations or litigation.

Megan’s values are consistent with Integrative Family Law’s mission.  She brings perspective and integrity to each case.  She strives to find common ground and preserve co-parenting relationships after the marriage or intimate partner relationship is dissolved.   She also strives to reach financial settlements that will provide long-term stability for her clients post-divorce.

“Megan was patient and put in the time and effort necessary to understand every aspect of our case, which proved to be an advantage, as she was able to understand details the opposing attorneys did not, and create effective strategies.  Megan gave, sober and realistic assessments of potential outcomes, even when they were not favorable to me. She did not sugar coat or make promises, or minimize the risk inherent in any family court hearing or trial.”

“Megan has been a great choice for my child custody issue: she navigated the middle of the road on strategy–not too aggressive, nor at all timid; she kept me advised of all options going forward; and she has been always available and very responsive. Best of all, we prevailed on this case.”

“My case was unusual, involving dissolving a long marriage without divorcing. Megan was patient, smart, creative and understanding. She was available and aware of the details of my case whenever I contacted her. I have absolute confidence in her integrity and ability. She was a pleasure to work with under difficult and involved conditions.”

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D.

Memberships & Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Megan also serves on the Washington State Bar Association Adjunct Investigative Counsel Panel.

Articles & Presentations

Recent Published Articles:

  • “The Trend Toward Equal Parenting,”  King County Bar Bulletin, Dec 4, 2016 issue

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • “Title 26 Guardian ad Litem Training – Law and the Legal Process,” King County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, February 2017
  • “Law and Soccer Practice: Strategies to Balance Work and Family Life,” Continuing Legal Education Seminar, November 2016