Dealing with the family court system can be an exhausting process during a difficult time. Julie Van Handel is prepared to use her unparalleled experience in the field of family law to help guide you through every step of your case. Julie’s clients value her calm demeanor and ability to get cases resolved effectively and efficiently often without the need for expensive litigation. As a result of her solid reputation, opposing counsel is often willing to come to resolution simply through time spent in negotiation. Our office is based in Bend, OR, and we take on cases from anywhere in the Central or Eastern Oregon region.

If you need legal help pursuing child custody claims, child support, parenting time plans, or divorce, look no further. Julie is also available to serve in a child advocacy role. Additionally, we advise clients regarding family court issues that can cross the line into criminal law such as domestic violence and restraining order cases.


Mediation with an attorney who understands families and family law often has significant advantages over litigating a divorce or other domestic relations case. Flexibility and control are the hallmarks of mediation at Wright Van Handel, LLP. When you choose to mediate you and your partner will be able to meet in a private and comfortable setting with a compassionate professional who will help you resolve the financial and family issues you face. Telephone mediation is also possible if more appropriate to your situation.

People who mediate appreciate avoiding the pressure of court appearances and deadlines. You can choose to mediate all or only some of the issues in your case – this can be an important consideration if your circumstances involve domestic violence or substance abuse.

You and your partner can choose to meet with a mediator even if you have both hired separate attorneys to represent you. You control the resolution of the issues you mediate instead of leaving it up to a judge who may not have enough time to really understand and appreciate who you are and what your family needs.

If you have children, the mediation process helps to maintain and support your future co-parenting relationship. You will generally pay far less to mediate with a legal professional than you will to hire an attorney to litigate for you.

Feel free to contact us to learn more about how we can help you with your unique situation.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you with your unique situation.

2 + 8 =


While our law office is located in Bend Oregon, we handle cases throughout Central Oregon (Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Klamath and Lake counties) and beyond. The varied, and invaluable, experience of our attorneys allows them to handle a variety of criminal law, family law and mediation cases.

Areas of Practice

Wright Van Handel, LLP

1222 NE 4th St, Bend OR 97701
Tel: (541) 383-0119