Carolyn A Elsey, Attorney at Law

Passion For Family Law


Providing compassionate legal advice in the field of Family Law since 1994

Cases involving the welfare of your children, your home, your livelihood and everything else you value leaves no margin for error.  A bad outcome can be more than inconvenient, it can devastate generations.  All too often, hiring a lawyer is a difficult process.  You need someone with experience and compassion who won't charge you a fortune.  You need someone who has the expertise to give you a real sense of what a court would do in your case while understanding your financial realities.  You need a lawyer who will focus on helping you, not simply cashing your checks.

We want to help you get through this process in one piece.  It's about you, not your bank account.

Get in touch with us to set up a consultation, or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to enquire whether our services are right for you.




917 Pacific Avenue, Suite 413
Tacoma, WA  98402




Areas of Practice


One of the most wrenching experiences in life is to see the dream of a happy marriage end up as anything but happy. In a divorce, your life savings, your home, and everything else you have worked for is at risk. Allow us to help you find the right way to approach your divorce, and to protect yourself, your family, and your investments.


Adoptions are one of the happiest sections of family law. When welcoming a new member to your family, let us help you make sure all that legal paperwork is done correctly, taking stress and pressure out of the process. We handle all types of adoptions, so contact us for more information.

Custody & visitation

Custody and visitation are intricate issues that need to be worked out to the best interests of the children involved. Our goal is to make the serious business of creating or making changes to a custody or visitation plan as easy as possible.

Grandparent & third party custody

The parent-child relationship is a fundamental right according to the United State Supreme Court. Every child should have a guardian who is looking out for the child’s best interest. Whether you’re a grandparent or a third party seeking custody of a child, we can help you through the process.

child support

Child support can be a hard, emotional fight which might seem overwhelming, but we are here to help you get the right type of support, to navigate changing payments, and of course to defend against any accusations of non-payment.


Providing care for elderly family members can be a legal issue that requires the right documentation in order to be resolved in the best interest of the family member. Guardianships are complicated legal issues, and we are here to help guide you through the process, to better help your family.


Personal injury law allows an injured party to be compensated for their injury if it is proven to be the fault of another party. Our office handles injury cases from automobile accidents, slip and fall, and other settings.


Garnishments are a court ordered debt repayment. The best way to deal with garnishment is to reach out to an attorney who can help you fight for fair and reasonable garnishing of wages to pay off the debt. Whether it is credit cards, child support, or any other kind of debt, once garnishment is on the table, your best bet is to get an attorney.



Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that is quicker and less expensive than a lawsuit. If you’ve given up on negotiating a settlement of your dispute directly with the other party, or you want to solve the issue quickly and fairly, then mediation may be the best route for you. With over twenty years of experience, we are here to help you reach a resolution.


The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.
— Richard Bach


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