Ascher & Denton, Olympia Family Law 360-357-8669 2401 Bristol Ct. SW #A-101, Olympia

Family Law done right

Family law done right

Ascher & Denton - we are ready to help you through your family law case.

Welcome to the Ascher & Denton web site. Thanks for visiting. We truly enjoy our work. Let us know how we can help you. Since 1990, ...

We do listen carefully...

We only do family law

A clear focus makes us better

Many attorneys run screaming rather than practicing in this area of law because it takes a special kind of personality (not common among those who become lawyers) to communicate compassionately with very upset people. Not only is it vital for us to understand and help emotionally distressed people, but we have to keep a professional distance from their problems so we can be a smart outsider who does not...

~Our Team~

Kaylene, Melissa and Khrys have your back in your Family Law case

See the Melissa Denton page for information about her - here is the rest of our team...

Ascher & Denton, PLLC was created with some very clear goals in mind. We feel it is vitally important to assist our clients through controversies involving the legal system at the least cost to the client, financially and emotionally. Treating each other and others with respect is paramount. Compassion is important, as is clear thinking and honesty. We believe that inflicting unneeded costs (or pain) on others is a big mistake.

A law of physics also applies to lawsuits: every action brings an equal and opposite reaction. We believe it is smart to be professionally courteous to opposing counsel and to opposing parties. We work hard to maintain our excellent reputation in the legal community.

Much of the time, the court does not make the decision for our client, because we work out a reasonable solution in an agreement with the other side. When you...

Minimize Pain & Expense

Since 1990, Ascher & Denton lawyers have been achieving the best family outcomes with minimal conflict and expense.

Located in Olympia, Washington, we provide compassionate and considered advice and representation in all areas of family law, with the philosophy that respect and sensible negotiation often provide the best results. These are all part of family law:

  • Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage
  • Alimony/Spousal Support
  • Child custody and visitation/Parenting Plans
  • Child support (past/present/future)
  • Domestic Violence Protection Orders
  • Child support modification and enforcement
  • Unmarried couple property division
  • Mediation/ Collaborative Law/ One Lawyer
  • Non Parental Custody
  • Adoption


We focus on helping you figure out what your best options are and cut your losses when making decisions about your divorce, including fair distribution of assets and debts, division of the marital home, tax consequences, child support payments and child custody rights.


Reasonable spousal support is sometimes appropriate in a divorce. Attorney fees awards are sometimes involved to help a less financially able spouse have a lawyer. We work within the boundaries of the law to help get spousal support established in a reasonable amount and for a reasonable length of time so both parties can go on with their lives with dignity.

Child custody and visitation

Washington law protects the constitutional rights of both parents to parent while the primary basis for all decisions about parenting plans is always "the best interest of the child" standard. Our law firm tries hard to work with our client and the court (and the other side, when possible) to reach toward the very best parenting plan solutions for both parents to have appropriate and meaningful contact with their children.

Child support

Washington State Laws provide for a standard set of guidelines for parents to provide support for their children. It is an art, not an automatic result, to work within these guidelines to insure that children are supported in the correct way as intended by the law. We focus on obeying the law and getting to a reasonable result that both parents can live with to support their children. It is important to do an intelligent cost benefit analysis in every case and for you to make informed decisions for past/present and future support and interest that may be owed. Child support modification and enforcement Child support payments do not change unless the court or administrative process modifies the child support order. If either the custodial or the noncustodial parent experiences a significant change in circumstances, our attorneys can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly.


Mediation puts the decisions in your hands and can often provide more expedient, predictable results than a trial. Much of the time, we resolve family law cases outside of court.

The skilled negotiators at Ascher & Denton, PLLC can help you obtain the most equitable divorce settlement. Contact us for an initial consultation Call Ascher & Denton, PLLC at 360-357-8669 or contact us by email (ascherdent*at* to schedule an appointment with a family law attorney for cases in Thurston County, Mason County or Lewis County, Washington.

Divorce can be less painful

Doing things right in the first place saves a lot of pain and expense. That's our job.

The dissolution of your marriage is an emotional and stressful event. The compassionate attorneys at Ascher & Denton, PLLC help ease the legal strain of divorce so you can concentrate on the health and well-being of your family.

With more than 25 years of experience...

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