Timing of a Child Support Modification

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

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

When Should You Mediate Your Divorce?

Although the divorce rate seems to always be increasing and “contested” child custody cases feel exceedingly common, the majority of family law cases are settled out of court.  Some cases settle on their own, but many cases go to mediation.  Mediation is a process during which spouses/parents work out their differences with the assistance of a neutral third-party person called a mediator.  Mediation is an exceedingly Read More

What to Do When the Other Party Has Disappeared

Any lawsuit, whether in family law or another area of civil law, must begin the same way. A complaint or petition is filed with the appropriate court and then the papers must be properly served on the defendant.  (In family law cases, the defendant is referred to as the respondent.) Usually the papers are served by "personal service," which means that the respondent is the one to be handed the papers by a law Read More

Violations of the Parenting Plan

Sharing parenting time and co-parenting with a former spouse or partner can be challenging at the best of times. These challenges become infinitely more complicated and difficult where your former partner violates a parenting plan which is a court order. Strategies for handling the situation can vary widely depending on the type of violation and your goal. Whether the violation is intentional is an essential Read More

Family Pets and Divorce

Pet ownership is exceedingly common in the United states with nearly 80 million households having dogs, cats, or other pets. Many people think of their pets as members of the family, so if the family is going to be divided by divorce, the issue of what will happen to the family pet becomes a central issue. Washington law considers pets to be personal property, and the decision on what will happen to the pet after a Read More

Mental Health and Child Custody

Any custody dispute between the parents will ultimately be decided based on what is in the child’s best interests. Many different factors comprise what is in a child’s best interests. The mental health of the parents is one of the factors that will be considered by the courts. With nearly 20% of the adults in the United States suffering from some form of mental illness, the issue of mental health and its impact on Read More

Secret Recordings and Spyware

Gathering evidence to support your divorce, child custody, or other family law case can be a confusing or complicated proposition. With the advent of incredible technological advances such as smart phones, GPS tracking, and countless types of computer monitoring software, the possibilities for collecting this type of information seems endless. Understanding the legalities of different types of monitoring and Read More

No Fault Divorce When One Party is in the Wrong

Washington is a “no fault” divorce state. This means that the only ground that will be used to grant a divorce is a determination that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”  This does simplify divorce proceedings in that it is no longer necessary to produce proof that one of the spouses is responsible for the disintegration of the spouses’ relationship and marriage. To a wronged spouse, this may not always feel Read More

Tips for Choosing the Right Home Post-Divorce

Tips for Choosing the Right Home Post-Divorce

By: Robyn Denson, Real Estate Broker, Home Base Washington Real Estate & Ken Levey, Attorney So you’ve decided (or it has been decided for you) to start fresh in a new residence. When choosing a new home, there are a few factors that, if considered logically, can make your life easier and more convenient. Location of property in relationship to your work and your children’s school and activities. Do Read More