Domestic Violence and Child Custody

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

Divorce, Domestic Violence, and Orders for Protection

Domestic violence comes in many shapes, including physical abuse, sexual assault, and threats of violence to you or your children. Statistics show that one in three women have been victims of domestic violence, and one in four men have also suffered domestic violence. Washington law has special protections for you and your family if you are the victim of domestic violence in your marriage or partnership beyond the Read More