Recent Posts in the Marriage Category

  • Inheritance and Divorce

    Inheritance and Divorce People contemplating or going through divorce frequently wonder which assets are subject to property division and which are not. For example, many individuals often question if an inheritance is divisible in a divorce. Inheritances Not Divided as Community Property in Divorce In most cases, inheritances are not subject to equitable distribution in a divorce since they are not considered community property. Rather, inheritances are considered separate properties, meaning an inheritance belongs to the person who received the ...
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  • Is an Ex’s Remarriage Grounds to Modify Child Support?

    Is an Ex’s Remarriage Grounds to Modify Child Support? Divorced individuals commonly find a new love and remarry. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 60% of divorced (or widowed) Americans had remarried. Can an ex’s remarriage be a basis for seeking a modification to a child support agreement ? Maybe. Remarriage alone does not impact child support obligations. However, if the remarriage involves a substantial change in circumstances, a modification might be appropriate. Legal Basis for Modifying Child Support Orders Life is not static. Finances, health, and ...
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  • What Are the Benefits of Legal Separation?

    What Are the Benefits of Legal Separation? Divorce has a heaviness to it that can be intimidating to some people who are unhappy with the condition of their marriage. To completely and permanently end a marriage (and any benefits the marriage may afford) causes many couples to hesitate, even if they no longer want to be together. If you are finding yourself in this situation, you should know that there is a “comfortable in-between” called legal separation. In Washington, legal separation is a legal action that enacts certain elements of a divorce, but does not end ...
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  • 7 Marriage Questions Every Engaged Couple Should Ask to Avoid Divorce

    7 Marriage Questions Every Engaged Couple Should Ask to Avoid Divorce Before tying the knot, couples should make sure they have the same expectations going into marriage. When couples communicate their wants, needs, and expectancies, they’re far less likely to find themselves having major disagreements about big life decisions that could eventually result in divorce. Even if certain topics don’t seem relevant now, they are almost certain to become so later down the line. When couples have different views on major issues, such as the desire to have children or other future goals, they might not ...
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  • Will Divorce Ruin My Life?

    Will Divorce Ruin My Life? When spouses grow apart physically, mentally, and emotionally, some choose to work through issues and difficulties, while others find their situations unbearable or beyond repair. For individuals in the latter situation, divorce appears to be the most appropriate course of action. However, many fear that divorce will ruin their life. Perhaps this is why most people think about divorce for an average of two years before taking action. Because our Washington family lawyers understand how stressful life can become leading up to ...
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  • 4 Things You Should Know About Divorce & Social Media

    4 Things You Should Know About Divorce & Social Media You may be surprised to learn that according to a recently released report by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, one-third of all divorce filings mention the word “Facebook.” A growing number of divorce filings make reference to some kind of online relationship, and it is not uncommon for spouses to even announce their intentions to end their marriages through popular social media outlets like Instagram, Twitter, or other sites. The widespread use (and misuse) of social media has become such a deeply engrained part ...
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  • 5 Misconceptions About Common-Law Marriage

    Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis did it. Maybe. So did Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. Probably. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are still doing it. What is it these famous couples have been doing? They all have waded into the murky waters that constitute common-law marriage. Many of us have heard the term "common-law marriage," and have some notion that living with a partner for some magic number of years creates a common-law marriage by default. More often than not, this is not the case. And the law around common-law marriage ...
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