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

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

Timing of a Child Support Modification

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After a child support order is entered, it is not uncommon for one or both parents to later want to reexamine the child support amount.  As a child’s needs change or a parent’s income changes, a modification of a child support order may be appropriate or necessary.  In Washington, strict requirements exist as to when such a request may be made with the court and in what way.  Before filing a child support Read More

Special Custody Issues for Special Needs Children

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 68 children is on the Autism spectrum.  Statistics show that 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce.  As such, it should come as no surprise that many divorces and child custody disputes involve children with special needs.  Special needs children often have extra issues that parents need to be aware of when crafting a custody Read More