Uniform Collaborative Law Act

Despite the potentially acrimonious and contentious nature of family law cases (such as divorce), the majority of these cases settle out of court. Collaborative Law (often referred to as Collaborative Divorce) is one way that the parties--typically spouses who are divorcing--now are settling their cases. Collaborative Law is a non-adversarial process by which the spouses—among other things--agree to the Read More

Divorce Myths

In our society divorce is common, and yet it is a confusing time for both spouses, full of upheaval and turmoil. As a result of divorce being both a complicated and common process, a lot of false information has made its way into common belief about the divorce process and its probable results. Dispelling these myths can be an important way to help spouses deal with the divorce process with more accurate and Read More

Divorce and Tax Planning

The deadline to file annual federal income taxes is quickly approaching. Many Americans will be looking to their CPA or tax professional for advice on how to best maximize their income tax return. One overlooked person you should probably be consulting about taxes and potential tax implications is your divorce or family attorney. Divorce and separation are a financially difficult time for most divorcing couples. Tax Read More

Social Media After the Final Order

  We live in an age of constant communication and information exchange. People use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms to remain connected to family and friends. We share ideas, photos, opinions, and updates on our day-to-day lives. It is no surprise that those involved in family law disputes may turn to social media to vent and receive support. When, though, does this sharing turn Read More

Fault versus No Fault, and When Fault Matters

When a marriage disintegrates, both spouses need closure. For some people, this means that he or she will want a court to declare that the other spouse is at fault for the break-down of the marriage. Unfortunately for these people, Washington is a “no fault” divorce state. This means that a spouse does not need to allege that either person is responsible for the marriage falling apart. Instead, all that must be Read More

Social Security and Divorce

In recent years, there has been a rising trend among the most likely age at which individuals will get divorced. While the divorce rate for early and middle-aged divorces has plateaued, divorce in spouses over the age of 50 is on the rise. Longer life spans, shrinking social stigma, and the changing roles of women in the work force and in the home have all be theorized to contribute to this trend. No matter the Read More

How Failure to Pay Child Support Impacts Custody

Child support orders are meant to ensure that the children’s needs continue to be met even when their parents no longer reside in the same household. Parents are meant to share in the responsibility of financially supporting their children, just as a custody order will make sure that the parents share in the other parenting responsibilities. A common question we receive is what happens when the parent who is supposed Read More

Interstate Parenting Plans

At the end of any trial pertaining to any divorce case in which the spouses have children, or at the end of any custody case, a court will decide with which parent a child will live the majority of the time, as well as a visitation schedule (called a “residential schedule” in Washington) for the other parent. To this end, a court will analyze what is in a child’s best interest, and decide accordingly. As society Read More

Aggressive Parenting and How to Deal With It

Even couples in the most committed and stable relationships often have differences in opinion over parenting styles. It is no surprise, then, that when couples separate or divorce, parenting styles may become even more disparate. Parents must learn to work together and co-parent even in two separate households, with two separate parenting styles. While different styles are to be expected, there are times when the Read More

If Your Spouse is Lying About Income

Divorce and separation is a financially stressful time. When two people are used to sharing the expenses of everyday living, making the shift to being solely responsible for running a household can be emotionally and financially difficult. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to one spouse being less than truthful during divorce proceedings. Spouses will and do lie in an effort to reduce their liability for spousal Read More