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

Bankruptcy and Divorce

Divorce is a stressful time, especially when it comes to finances.  Couples have carefully crafted a life and planned for a future together, often taking into account two incomes when considering how bills will be paid or purchases to make.  When spouses separate or file for divorce, they must come up with new solutions to pay their debts and make ends meet while living on just one income.  In some circumstances, one Read More

Summer Vacation and Custody

Summer is a time of year when millions of Americans plan vacations together with their children. Whether it is to the beach, skiing, an amusement park, or to visit relatives, many Americans take advantage of the long summer break to take time with their families. This tradition is no less prevalent among families who are divorced or separated. The reality of parenting schedules and visitation orders can often add a Read More

Temporary Restraining Orders

The beginning of a divorce is obviously a time of immense change for everyone involved.  Financially, physically, and emotionally, it is a time of upheaval.  There are many stories about one spouse draining bank accounts or freezing credit cards in order to make the other spouse’s life as difficult as possible, or even in an attempt to keep the other spouse from hiring an attorney.  There are tools to help prevent Read More

What if My Ex Will Not Let Me See the Children During My Time?

Divorce and child custody cases may cause upheaval, but at the end of the case, the parents will end up with a court order—called a Parenting Plan--setting out exactly what rights and responsibilities each parent has.  This order will detail exactly what residential time or visitation each parent will receive with the child or children.  It is not uncommon for parents to be able to coordinate and work together so Read More

LGBT Divorce and How Issues are Different and Similar

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down the landmark decision of Obergefell v. Hodges, which determined that the Fourteenth Amendment required states to recognize same-sex marriages.  This means that no state may deny a same-sex couple the right to marry.  Along with same-sex marriage, however, also comes same-sex divorce.  Same-sex divorces have some of the same issues as heterosexual Read More

What if I Cannot Meet My Financial Obligations Under My Divorce Decree?

At the end of every divorce, a decree of dissolution of marriage will be entered with the court, i.e., a divorce decree.  This decree is a court order which sets out the rights and responsibilities for you and your spouse in terms of the following: Division of assets, debts, and personal property; Alimony (called spousal maintenance in Washington); and Miscellaneous issues. Also, a child support order Read More

Domestic Violence and Child Custody

Domestic violence may come in many forms, including physical, emotional, financial, and  sexual violence.  In the United States, nearly 20 per minute may be victims of some form of domestic violence.  The best interests of the child is the guiding principle in many child custody cases in Washington.  (A different standard exists for non-parental custody, i.e., “third party,” and relocation, cases.)  Domestic violence Read More

What’s Worth Fighting Over

Emotions run high in divorces and custody cases.  A situation that otherwise would have been resolved quickly and amicably can quickly turn hostile when spouses get angry and resentful, as can so often happen during a family law case.  Spouses often have the knee-jerk reaction of wanting to “win” the divorce case by fighting to be awarded as much property or visitation as possible, but the plain truth is that not Read More