Divorce

Recent Posts in the Divorce Category

  • What To Do If You Suspect Your Spouse Is Hiding Assets

    What To Do If You Suspect Your Spouse Is Hiding Assets Financial dishonesty within marriages is not a rarity. Indeed, the National Endowment for Financial Education reports that approximately 43% of adults have admitted to financial infidelity, which involves a party in a relationship intentionally deceiving their partner about money. This can include hiding debts, making major purchases without discussing them, or even having secret bank accounts. Even if a spouse does not breach trust and lie about their assets or debts in a marriage, they may do so during their divorce, which ...
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  • Why Consider Divorce Mediation?

    Why Consider Divorce Mediation? Divorce is a complex and emotionally charged process. However, for divorcing couples seeking an amicable and cost-effective resolution, divorce mediation offers a compelling alternative to traditional litigation. A neutral third party, the mediator, facilitates communication and guides couples in working towards mutually agreeable settlements on key issues such as child custody, spousal support, and asset division. Is Mediation Required for Divorce in Washington State? While state law does not require couples to attend ...
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  • How Divorce Can Affect Your Retirement

    How Divorce Can Affect Your Retirement Divorce doesn't merely alter your current life circumstances; it can also significantly reshape your long-term financial outlook, especially when it comes to retirement savings. In Washington state, this is primarily due to the community property laws that mandate an equal division of marital assets, including retirement accounts such as IRAs, Roth IRAs, 401K and 403K plans, employee stock options, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) funds. Understanding the Division of Retirement Plans 401(k) plans and ...
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  • What Happens If a Spouse Won’t Sign Divorce Papers?

    What Happens If a Spouse Won’t Sign Divorce Papers? Can Your Partner Refuse to Sign Divorce Papers? Yes. Your spouse can refuse to sign. In some cases, they may not agree to the terms you have set forth and may wish to pursue a contested divorce. In other cases, they may simply fail to respond to your petition for divorce altogether. In the event of a refusal to sign or respond, however, you still have options to proceed with a divorce. Uncontested vs. Contested Divorce An uncontested divorce is one where both parties agree on all matters related to the dissolution of their ...
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  • Common Issues in a High-Asset Divorce

    Common Issues in a High-Asset Divorce When a marriage ends, dividing assets and reaching a fair settlement can be challenging. But for couples with a high net worth, the stakes are even higher. A high-asset divorce is typically one where the combined value of the marital property exceeds a certain threshold, often around $5 million, though it can vary depending on location, types of assets, and specific circumstances. These divorces involve unique complexities that require careful consideration and strategic planning. Here's why high-asset divorces are different ...
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  • Four Family Law Myths Debunked

    Four Family Law Myths Debunked Just like other areas of the law, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions among the general public regarding family law. When it comes to family law disputes, don’t rely on advice from friends, relatives, or co-workers. Instead, become familiar with the law by using a trusted source. Below, we debunk four common family law myths. Myth #1: Moms Are Always Awarded Custody of the Children One of the most widespread misconceptions about family law is that courts will generally side with the mother in child custody cases. The ...
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  • Four Reasons Spouses Choose Legal Separation Over Divorce

    Four Reasons Spouses Choose Legal Separation Over Divorce Deciding to file for divorce or legal separation can be a difficult decision that carries serious legal implications for everyone involved. Although people sometimes assume that divorce is the only way out of a marriage they are no longer satisfied with, a legal separation can provide strong protection that is similar to divorce. In some scenarios, it’s actually advantageous if the couple chooses legal separation over divorce. Keep reading to find out why it might make more sense to legally separate from your spouse instead ...
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  • What Are the Most Commonly Cited Reasons for Divorce?

    What Are the Most Commonly Cited Reasons for Divorce? In the United States, the topic of divorce is one that has always garnered attention due to its prevalence and impact on families. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the divorce rate in the U.S. is 2.5 per 1,000 population. Although this rate has seen a general decline over the past several decades, largely due to changes in societal norms and the increasing average age of first marriages, it's still a significant issue. Understanding the reasons behind these numbers can give us ...
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