HOW I DID IT
I'm James Christianson, just a regular guy who was dragged into family court in 2001. I'm a REAL dad with a REAL case and a REAL success story. And that's REALLY me and my daughter pictured above. This website is all about sharing with you how I won over and over in family court WITHOUT an attorney.
Since my original 2001 victory I have worked with 100s of mothers and fathers who have also succeeded in their own cases without an attorney, whether I volunteered with a parent advocacy group or helping each parent one-on-one, sharing and finding the resources they need.
Resources and tools for you on this site
Just for taking the time to read my website, here is a FREE mini .pdf pamphlet of my own "Notes" on the law that governs parenting plans, including my favorite case law (Supreme Court decision) that tells what the criteria is for a parent, even a father, to get custody:
You can find PROOF of my victories and see my actual custody order, my winning contempt motion, my two winning appeals and more by clicking onto this page:
You can also obtain inexpensive .pdf MANUALS showing step-by-step, in every category, how I won and how I figured out the court system and how I deal with different aspects of the system, all by myself:
I call them my "How-Do" manuals because they explain "how do" I win and continue to win and do my own child support modifications, contempt motions, appeals, revisions, reconsiderations, legal research or how I defend against restraining orders, etc.
You also can obtain actual WINNING documents and templates that I have actually worked in court, even against veteran attorneys (briefs, documents, motions, proposed orders, etc.). Just click on this page:
What I accomplished (in short)
The short version: I had no clue what I was getting myself into. I was a truck driver and warehouse worker who flunked out of college. I was dragged into court and caught completely off guard. But, in the end, I came out on top WITHOUT the help of an attorney. Specifically, I got full custody after prevailing several times against a 17-year veteran attorney in 2001. Since then, I have been back to court on several occasions over the past 10 years and continue to win (even twice in the Court of Appeals), against another attorney with 45 years of experience.
This website is all about:
(1) sharing my story
(2) sharing all my successful strategies, step-by-step
(3) sharing what I've learned through my victories and mistakes
(4) providing you with actual documents that I used to win in court
The PROOF is in the pudding !
Don't believe me? This doesn't seem realistic to you that I could win in court, over and over all by myself? Good! You should NOT believe ANYTHING that ANYONE says in the family law world, without any proof.
That is precisely why I have a Proof of Victories page so you can SEE the proof that I actually WON in court. This page shows the actually results (the court's orders), which verifies that my strategy, tactics, and my "winning documents" are what actually worked!
You shouldn't believe that an attorney can get you custody unless he/she proves to you that he/she has won cases like yours. Ask them for proof, backing up what they promise. If you have an attorney who won't work for you, then follow the steps in my How-Do Manual called "ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION - How do I make my lawyer fight for me or stay on top of my case?".
You shouldn't believe the court clerks and facilitators. If they tell you, "You need to do this or that...". Ask them, "Where does it say that? What rule or law did you get that from? How has that worked for others?" And then, just watch the blank stare you get in return. If they give you bad information then they should be held accountable. Follow the steps in my How-Do Manual called "COURT CLERKS AND FACILITATORS - What if a Clerk or Facilitator gives me bad info?". I have met countless parents who did poorly in court solely because they followed the "advice" of a Clerk or Facilitator. And both continue to give illegal or bad information.
Question everything. Demand proof. Make everyone back up what they say or claim. I can back up what I say and I have court orders, on this site, showing what I have accomplished. The proof is in the pudding.
Call, text or schedule an appointment
You can call or text me 24 hours a day at (206) 553-9158 for a free 20-minute consultation over the phone or at my Federal Way office and learn, in person, how I fought for what was fair for me and my daughter.
If you have an emergency, text me with "911".