5 Things to Consider When Planning a Visitation Schedule

When parents get divorced, one of the most difficult challenges they will face is developing, negotiating, and agreeing upon an equitable visitation schedule within their parenting plan. If you are unaware, the visitation schedule is the practical plan for when each parent will get to spend time with their children. Structure is an incredibly important component in any child’s life, and a well-planned visitation Read More

Custodial Parents: What You Need to Know Before Relocating

There are numerous reasons why a parent may decide they want to move. Perhaps they’ve received an offer for an exciting new job in a different state. Maybe they want to relocate closer to their aging parents. Or, perhaps a new setting and a fresh start is just what they need following a difficult divorce in order to achieve a healthy new beginning. However, when you are the parent who has primary custody over your Read More

Divorce Typically Means You Won’t be Living Together Anymore

 “Who is living where” typically becomes an issue very early in the separation and divorce process. There are a number of decisions to be made: Short-term: Most couples decide to physically separate once divorce proceedings commence. One of the parties typically needs to find a suitable place quickly. During the divorce proceedings: The family home is typically the largest asset to consider. Homes are a Read More

Possible Grounds for the Termination of Parental Rights in Washington

In the State of Washington, biological parents have fundamental rights when it comes to their children. They have a general right to have a relationship with their kids. They have a right to have input over how their children are raised. They have rights regarding having access to confidential information about their children and to be involved in the decision-making process for things like medical procedures and Read More

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