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The Legal Rights of Unmarried Couples

Unmarried couples have different rights than married couples. But, if you're living together as an unmarried couple and your relationship is ending, there are steps you can take to protect ...
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Unmarried couples living together: What are your legal rights?

In place of common law marriage, Washington recognizes committed intimate relationships (also known as meretricious relationships). These are relationships that mimic a marriage and give you legal ...
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Your Rights When a Domestic Partner Dies

In the United States, cohabitating partners (couples who live together) have many of the same property rights as they would if they were legally married. However, most of these laws apply to couples ...
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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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How to Divorce if You are Unsure You are Legally Married...and What to do if You're Not

It should go without saying that a person must be legally married in order to obtain a divorce. If you are facing the prospect of separating from your spouse, but are unsure of the legal status of ...
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Why Prenup Should Never Be A Dirty Word

We’re in Love. Why Do We Need a Prenup? If you are part of a couple contemplating marriage, a prenuptial agreement (prenup) may be one of the last things on your mind. This is understandable, as ...
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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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When Should I Seek a Domestic Violence Protection Order?

A Domestic Violence Protection Order (sometimes shortened to “DVPO” and sometimes referred to as a “restraining order”) is one of the primary tools offered by the court system ...
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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 ...
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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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Rights When Ending Intimate Committed Relationships

Do We Have a Common Law Marriage? While several states recognize "common law marriage," Washington State does not. Instead, Washington State follows the doctrine of Committed Intimate ...
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My Partner & I Split Up. Now What?

Questions and Answers about “Divorce” for Long-Term Unmarried Couples in Washington Ending a long-term relationship is a difficult process whether the partners are married or not. Whether ...
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Legislature Acts Post-Andersen Domestic Partnership Bill

On March 1, the Washington Senate – followed by the House last month – passed a domestic partnership bill (SB 5336/HB 1351), which will establish a domestic partnership 1 registry. ...
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