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  • 3 Key Changes in the New Tax Bill That May Affect Your Divorce

    3 Key Changes in the New Tax Bill That May Affect Your Divorce By James Stensel President Trump signed the Tax Cut and Reform Bill into law on December 22, 2017, representing the biggest tax overhaul since the 1986 bill signed into law by Ronald Reagan. While all American taxpayers can expect changes to their taxes, if you are getting divorced or thinking about divorce, you should absolutely be paying attention to the following three key changes affecting divorcing parties under the 2017 bill: 1. Alimony Under the current IRS tax code, alimony (a.k.a. spousal support or spousal ...
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  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?

    What is a Parenting Plan Modification? Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of our lives adjust to reflect that. If something in your life or the life of your co-parent changes, a modification to your parenting plan may be in order. Parenting plans may become outdated or certain rules may no longer be applicable as time goes on and life changes. Whatever the reason, if a modification to your parenting plan ...
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  • What is Post-Secondary Child Support?

    What is Post-Secondary Child Support? Post-secondary child support, also called post-secondary educational support, is the court-ordered payment for a child’s college expenses. Under Washington state law, the court can order a divorced parent to pay for some or all of their child’s secondary education expenses, including not only colleges, but trade schools, vocational schools, and sometimes even graduate school. Post-secondary support for your child’s education can be determined in two ways: First, it can be included in your divorce and custody agreement. Both ...
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  • What Are the Parental Rights of Unmarried Parents?

    What Are the Parental Rights of Unmarried Parents? Child custody is often complicated, but when the parents are unmarried, establishing parental rights can make custody, visitation, and child support more problematic. When two people have a child out of wedlock, custody of the child is immediately awarded to the mother, though the father may pursue custody for a variety of reasons. To better understand your rights as a parent, we’ve outlined some of the general rules relating to the custody of children of unmarried parents. The Mother’s Rights Unmarried and married parents ...
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  • Getting Divorced While Pregnant: The Legal Issues

    Getting Divorced While Pregnant: The Legal Issues When a couple is in the midst of divorce, pregnancy can be incredibly stressful. While some couples may choose to postpone the divorce until after the child is born, others may feel waiting isn’t an option. Although the courts cannot prevent you from divorcing simply because a spouse is pregnant, you may encounter some legal issues as you begin the dissolution process. In Washington, a baby born during a marriage, or born within 300 days of divorce, is the legal child of both spouses. If one of the spouses is not the ...
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  • Do I Have To Pay Child Support If I Have No Income?

    Do I Have To Pay Child Support If I Have No Income? If you are going through a divorce and have children, you and your spouse will need to work out a child support arrangement, including who has to pay and how much the monthly obligation will be. However, what if you don’t have a source of income and can’t afford child support? Will you still be required to make a monthly child support payment? The answer is usually yes. Read on to learn how this is decided and what you can do about it. How is child support determined? Child support is determined based on a variety of ...
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  • Can Divorced Families be Healthy Families? [Infographic]

    Can Divorced Families be Healthy Families? [Infographic] For more information on how to prioritize healthy family relationships during and after divorce: Telling Your Children About Divorce How to Successfully Co-Parent after a Divorce When Divorce Makes You a Better Parent What Science Really Says About Divorce and Children How to Prepare for the Divorce Process Holiday Survival Guide for Divorced Parents Dating Considerations for Divorcees with Kids Should You Forgive Your Spouse After Divorce? As part of our Mission, Philosophy, Values, and Vision statement, McKinley Irvin ...
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  • What Science Really Says About Kids and Divorce

    What Science Really Says About Kids and Divorce Every year, roughly 1.5 million children in the United States witness their parents divorce. Many parents believe their children will suffer a wide range of emotional trauma during the process. Will divorce hurt my child? How will divorce affect my kids? This is why we’ve all heard of couples who choose to stay in unhappy marriages “for the kids.” However, studies have shown that very few children experience serious problems after divorce – and that there are ways to make the process easier on children. Children Recover ...
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