While the term “family law” may be familiar to most people, many may not know the different types of family law cases that exist. Jonathan Milstein, an attorney at Puget Sound Professional Legal Services, concentrates on family law matters. Here, he discusses different types of family law cases.Adoption. In many cases, adoptions occur if and when the rights of one or both biological parents are terminated by the court. The different types of adoption can include grandparent adoption, local adoption, and step-parent adoption.Divorce. Divorce cases usually involve determining child custody matters, determining living arrangements, and dividing assets and debt.Child Custody. Any decisions made regarding child custody will have a significant and lasting impact on the children involved. In most cases, parents must come to an agreement regarding an equitable arrangement that works for all involved.Jonathan Milstein is an experienced family law attorney who has been with Puget Sound Professional Legal Services since 2009. In addition to his responsibilities at Puget Sound, he volunteers his time with the King County Bar Association’s Family Law Mentor Program and the Kinship Care Solutions Project.
Jonathan Milstein has volunteered as a Business Advisor with the Peace Corps in Kenya, worked as an Account Executive in Hong Kong, filled the role of Human Resource Manager for a luxury hotel, and operated a private law practice. Today, the Kirkland, Washington, resident puts his energy into helping children separated from their parents have positive experiences that facilitate rebuilding the family unit through supervised visitation and exchanges. Jonathan Milstein owns and operates Children First Visitation & Transportation Services in Bellevue, as a member in the Supervised Visitation Network. Jonathan Milstein honed his family law skills through his private practice, Puget Sound Professional Legal Services, and as an Assistant Attorney General. For 10 years, Mr. Milstein worked in various positions in the Washington State Office of the Attorney General. Starting in the Office of the Medical Director within the Department of Labor & Industries in Olympia, he served as the Governor’s Executive Legal Fellow and Health Policy Analyst. He later transitioned to the Medicaid division of the Department of Social and Health Services, where he provided legal advice and litigation support to the program that serves some 350,000 underserved individuals. After two years, Jonathan Milstein transferred to the Children’s Administration, serving as Kent Team Leader. In this role, he litigated cases concerning child abuse and neglect, oversaw a team of four attorneys, and routinely appeared in Superior Court. Throughout his career, Jonathan Milstein has provided support to others through mentoring programs and as a Summer Intern Coordinator. He volunteers as a soccer coach for the City of Kirkland Parks and Community Services Department. His charitable endeavors have included working with the Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project and with Lawyers Fostering Independence.
With offices in Seattle and Kirkland, Washington, Puget Sound Professional Legal Services offers reasonably priced legal assistance with a focus on family law. I recently interviewed attorney and owner Jonathan Milstein about the firm.Question 1: What types of cases do you handle at Puget Sound Professional Legal Services?Jonathan Milstein: We handle a wide variety of family law matters and have particular expertise in divorce, child support, parenting plans, adoptions, and nonparental or third-party custody. We have experience with complex and challenging cases including those involving domestic violence, mental health issues, or substance abuse. We think it’s important to protect children and help family members reach fair resolutions so they can go forward with their lives.Question 2: What is your legal background?Jonathan Milstein: For ten years, I worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Washington State in the Department of Social and Health Services. I litigated child abuse and neglect cases in a very busy practice. I have appeared frequently in Superior Court and have been involved with more than two dozen bench trials. I also gave legal guidance and litigation help to the Medicaid program, which provides medical assistance to 350,000 residents with economic challenges.Question 3: What do your services cost?Jonathan Milstein: We offer an initial free consultation where we aim to provide our best cost estimate based on the particular circumstances and needs of each case. We do provide a sliding scale payment system for those who are income eligible, and we assist a number of clients connected with the Department of Social and Health Services. In a few instances, we also offer a fixed, flat rate.
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An attorney with experience in children and family services and family law, Jonathan Milstein is a member of Children First Visitation and Transportation Services, a professional legal aid organization for supervised visitations. In this position, Jonathan Milstein manages a staff of licensed social workers that guides children and families in the welfare system through various legal situations. In addition to his work with Children First, Jonathan Milstein volunteers at the Kinship Care Solution Project. The goal of the Kinship Care Solutions Project is to ensure that children at risk are provided safe, stable living conditions and are being taken care of by responsible family members. The service is free and directed toward low-income individuals, made possible by a staff of volunteer attorneys that is experienced in family law. The Project also helps with adoption cases, and through the Family Law Mentor Program can directly represent children who are in a dangerous domestic situation.