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5 Unusual Facts about Family Law in Washington State

The laws that govern family rights and relationships – marriages, partnerships, parent/child – are pretty similar in most states. However, each state usually has a few quirks in how they ...
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Can I Modify or Appeal my Divorce Settlement?

Once you sign your divorce agreement, or after a family court has issued a judgment, it can be difficult to change the terms of your divorce. There are circumstances, however, when pursuing a ...
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The Stepparent's Guide to Adoption

Families pursue stepparent adoption for many reasons. Blending families is never easy, but stepparent adoption has many advantages and formalizes the relationship between a child and his/her ...
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What Happens if You Violate a Parenting Plan?

When a parent violates a court-ordered or agreed upon parenting plan, they run the risk of being held in contempt of court. Not only that, but they could face custody and visitation-related ...
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5 Divorce Tips for Men and Fathers

Men and fathers in divorce cases often do little to protect their rights because they believe that judgments will always favor the mother in these types of situations. While custody laws and other ...
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Parental Alienation: What Is It, and What Can You Do to Prevent It?

Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is behavioral pattern of unjust dislike or hatred toward one parent. PAS is typically linked to child custody disputes during divorce. PAS was first observed by Dr. ...
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Divorce Tips for the Stay-at-Home Mom

Stay-at-home moms face special challenges during divorce, but judges rarely take these factors into consideration. Finding a job is one of the biggest post-divorce challenges you can face as a ...
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How Living Together Affects Child Support and Spousal Maintenance

What Happens to Child Support and Spousal Maintenance if You Cohabitate During or After Divorce? Couples going through a divorce are often unclear as to what legal effect, if any, moving in with a new ...
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What is the Difference Between Custody and Guardianship?

Guardianship and custody are similar but distinct concepts that describe the legal relationships between an adult and a child. Although often mistaken for one another, these relationships differ in a ...
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Will Marijuana Legalization in Washington State Affect Your Divorce or Other Family Law Proceeding?

On November 6, 2012, Washington State approved Initiative 502 (‘I-502’) removing state-law criminal and civil penalties for the production, distribution, and possession of marijuana. As a ...
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Tips for Grandparents Seeking Custody of Grandchildren

Many states have laws that permit a court to award custody of minor children to a grandparent or other third-party with a significant relationship with that minor child. Because these laws can ...
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5 situations when you really need a Seattle family attorney

There are situations when the assistance of a family law attorney can provide you with more options, better information, or other advantages that you may not have if you act on your own. Having ...
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Telling Your Children About Divorce

Divorce is stressful under any circumstances. When children are involved, the stakes are even higher and emotions can ramp up. Nonetheless, when dealing with your children during the divorce process, ...
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5 Tips for Effectively Negotiating a Child Support Adjustment

If you have an Order of Child Support, it is likely that at some point you will need to seek an adjustment of the child support ordered to be paid. As time passes, your child's needs and ...
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How to Create a Workable Long-Distance Parenting Plan

When the homes of divorced or separated parents are far away from each other, or if either parent relocates a significant distance away, a long-distance parenting plan can provide the children and ...
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The Hazards of Email, Text Messages & Social Media in a Divorce

Email. Texting. Facebook. Instagram. Any one of these methods of electronic communication can—and have—been used as evidence in court. For people going through a divorce, you should expect ...
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What is the “Best Interests of the Child” Standard?

When a family law proceeding involves children, there is almost certainly heard argument over what is in the “best interests of the child.” Anyone involved in such a case should ...
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What to Expect If You Have to Go to Trial

Family Law and Trial In a family law proceeding, the thought of trial can be intimidating. If a litigant reaches this point, it means the parties could not settle matters on their own, through ...
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How to Plan for your Kid's College after a Divorce

Planning for a child's college education can present unique challenges for divorced or separated parents. Because the parents may not communicate regularly, productively, or both, they may not ...
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How to Successfully Co-Parent After a Divorce

Establish a “New Normal” for Your Kids The divorce process is confusing and stressful for all families, but particularly so for families with young children. It is often difficult for ...
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Choosing the Right Family Law Attorney for You

I think I may need an attorney. Imagine: You find yourself at a crossroads with your current or former significant other. Perhaps you’ve just been served with dissolution papers, or maybe your ...
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Evaluators and Advocates in Child Custody Cases

In a disputed child custody or parenting time (commonly known as visitation) suit, judges make decisions that have life-long effects on a child and his or her family. To ensure that judges receive ...
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International Travel with Children: Identification Requirements

There are specific requirements for international travel. If you plan to travel overseas soon with children, be aware that they may need special documents to enter the countries they will visit and to ...
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Washington’s Recognition of Non-Biological Parental Relationships

Families can be complex, and Washington law is developing to recognize the changing definition of what makes a family. Traditional families, defined as a married mother and father with children, were ...
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7 Tips for Negotiating Child Support in Divorce

1. Be up front about your income and expenses. Provide verification of your income, including your last 6 months’ of wage stubs and your last 2 years’ of tax returns at the outset of your ...
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