Collaborative Divorce Modifications

We’ve previously espoused the benefits of utilizing Collaborative Law for divorce in a two-part blog Q&A session on collaborative divorce that you can read by clicking here. However, did you know that the collaborative legal method can be applied to numerous aspects of family law aside from just the actual divorce? Whether you used collaborative law, litigation, mediation, or some other method to obtain your Read More

5 Factors Considered by Washington State Courts When Calculating Child Support

Outside of child custody, child support is oftentimes the most contentious aspect of a divorce. If you are a parent, you should know quite well how strong your emotions can become in any situation where the future wellbeing of your children is the topic of discussion. Add that to an already volatile dissolution of a marriage and there is the potential for serious conflict. If the divorcing parents are unable to Read More

6 TIps for Parents When Their Children Are Removed By Child Protective Services

As a parent, there are few things more heart-wrenching than having your children removed from you by Child Protective Services (CPS). There is a great deal of fear and confusion, as most people have no clue how the process works or what they need to do to get their children back. There are many reasons why CPS may remove children from a home or from the custody of their caregiver, but it usually stems from a Read More

A Collaborative Divorce Q&A, Part II

In our last blog, we began a two-part series covering common questions and answers regarding the collaborative divorce process. Today, we will continue with part two of this series with answers to more FAQs. If you’d like to read part one of this blog where we explain what collaborative divorce is, which attorneys can practice collaborative law, and what happens when you can’t reach a settlement, please click Read More

A Collaborative Divorce Q&A, Part I

There is a common misconception about divorce that pervades our society. Most people believe that a divorce has to be a messy affair. When they think of the “d” word, they think of couples fighting it out in court over money, assets, kids, and more. Certainly, divorces are almost always emotional, and strong emotions can lead to a great deal of hostility, but there are a growing number of couples that see divorce as Read More

Child Custody Basics: What is the UCCJEA?

The federalist nature of our governmental system, which gives states the power to create and enforce laws that are not specified or forbidden by the US Constitution, means that oftentimes rules and laws vary from state to state. This can cause some serious complications when it comes to legal matters. For example, if there is a dispute between people in two different states with different laws governing the issue at Read More

Committed Intimate Relationships Explained

What happens when a couple breaks up after having lived together for many years and accumulated numerous joint assets like a home, vehicles, or other property or money? Who is entitled to keep certain shared property? What happens if they have kids? Who gets custody and does anyone owe child support or some other form of financial support? Many states utilize what is called “common law marriage,” which means that Read More