Divorce Myths

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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

Social Media After the Final Order

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  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

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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

How Failure to Pay Child Support Impacts Custody

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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

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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

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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

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