Divorce

Recent Posts in the Divorce Category

  • Is Washington a Community Property State?

    Is Washington a Community Property State? When a couple gets divorced in Washington, the courts will take a community property approach to divide their assets. Under community property law, all of the items the divorcing parties acquired during their marriage will be considered marital property, which will then be split equally among them. In Washington, community property generally includes the following: The income both parties earned during the marriage. This includes retirement benefits, interest earned on investments, capital gains, and other assets. Property ...
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  • What Will a Divorce Lawyer Ask Me?

    What Will a Divorce Lawyer Ask Me? Heading into an initial divorce consultation, you might be wondering what types of questions the attorney will ask you. During that first meeting, the consulting lawyer is bound to ask you a few important things about your current situation and your wishes—but exactly what types of questions can you expect? It’s important to be prepared for any meeting with a legal advisor, so knowing what to expect can help you gather the appropriate information to make the most of your consultation. During your first meeting, a divorce ...
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  • Getting Back To Work After a Divorce

    Getting Back To Work After a Divorce Returning to the workforce after any break can be challenging, especially when coming out of a divorce. While dealing with this difficult life transition, returning to the workforce can feel all but impossible. Whether you were simply out of the office for a few days or you left the workforce for few years, it’s important to understand what you can do to make the transition as simple and seamless as possible. Following your divorce, make sure you know what you can do to reenter the workforce with purpose, confidence, and ...
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  • How To Handle Custody & Visitation During the Divorce Process

    How To Handle Custody & Visitation During the Divorce Process Before your divorce is finalized, you and your co-parent might be concerned about how you’ll share parenting responsibilities in the interim. The divorce process can be complicated and lengthy, so having a temporary parenting plan in place is the best way you can ensure you create a stable environment for your children and set clear-cut expectations with your spouse. While you meet with your attorney to discuss the details of your divorce or negotiate the terms of your official child custody agreement in court, your ...
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  • Is There a Benefit to Choosing Legal Separation Over Divorce?

    Is There a Benefit to Choosing Legal Separation Over Divorce? It’s not uncommon for couples to live in separate households before deciding to go through with their divorce. This period, often called a “trial separation,” gives both spouses an opportunity to evaluate their individual situations and whether or not pursuing legal action is worth the hassle. What Is Legal Separation? Some couples who separate end up remaining separated instead of getting divorced, even though the marriage can’t be salvaged. When this occurs, experienced attorneys recommend executing a legal separation ...
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  • Keeping the House After Divorce

    Keeping the House After Divorce When trying to figure out whether to keep the marital home as part of the divorce settlement, there are several things to consider. Below, we explain some of the options divorced couples have when it comes to deciding what to do with their marital home post-divorce. #1: Refinancing If one of the spouses is awarded the marital home, they will have to refinance the mortgage to get the other spouse’s name taken off the property deed. If the mortgage remains in both spouses' names after the divorce, and one stops making ...
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  • Collaborative Law: A Court-Free Path to Resolution

    Collaborative Law:  A Court-Free Path to Resolution By Theresa Lorella , McKinley Irvin Senior Attorney Most people, including attorneys, use the term “collaborate” to mean working together cooperatively. When we use it in family law, we are referring to a specific process where both parties agree—in a contract—that they will not use litigation to resolve their family law matter. They will each hire a collaborative law attorney and begin to work together, using their attorneys to facilitate a process that aims to achieve a mutually agreed and sustainable agreement. Through ...
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  • Finishing, Enforcing, or Changing Court Orders During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Finishing, Enforcing, or Changing Court Orders During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Theresa Lorella , McKinley Irvin Senior Attorney Perhaps it is the increased time at home, or perhaps it is the increased economic anxieties, but it seems as if many people are finding themselves in situations where they are wondering if their original court orders should be modified moving forward. Others are seeing that their court orders may not be sustainable in the face of this pandemic and they need help to enforce the terms of their current decree or parenting orders. Because rules and practices regarding the ...
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