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  • How to Handle Child Custody and Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    How to Handle Child Custody and Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic As people are being asked to stay home and limit exposure to others during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been receiving important questions from divorced parents feeling conflicted about how to adhere to these guidelines and stay healthy when their children are supposed to be dividing time between two households. To help ease these concerns, we have put together the following guide about child custody during the COVID-19 pandemic: How does Washington’s “Stay Home” order affect child custody for divorced parents? Whenever ...
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  • Protecting the Health of Our Employees and Clients is Our Top Priority

    Protecting the Health of Our Employees and Clients is Our Top Priority Due to the presence of Novel Coronavirus in our region, we want to emphasize the importance of the health and wellbeing of our clients, employees, and visitors. We are closely monitoring the situation as new information becomes available, and we will follow guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, Washington State Department of Health, and King County Public Health for prevention. To do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19, our team is working remotely. For your peace of mind, please note: We are fully operational ...
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  • Financial Obligations of Ending a Long-Term Relationship

    Financial Obligations of Ending a Long-Term Relationship Married couples aren’t the only ones entitled to legal rights after a breakup, at least not in Washington state. Although Washington law doesn’t recognize common law marriage, it does protect the rights of certain unmarried couples through the doctrine of “Committed Intimate Relationship.” Although these relationships aren’t legally recognized, couples involved in intimate relationships can seek recourse in court for property and liability distribution. If you were involved in a committed, long-term relationship and you and ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Child Custody Mediation

    What You Need to Know About Child Custody Mediation When dealing with a child custody issue, trying to reach an agreement through mediation could be a great alternative to traditional court litigation. When you work with a mediator, you and the child’s other parent will be able to negotiate the terms of your custody agreement in a way that best suits your lifestyles and the needs of your child. However, when you don’t know what to expect from the mediation process, it might feel a bit daunting. If you will be handling a child custody case through mediation, make sure you know ...
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  • Is Washington a 50/50 Divorce State?

    Is Washington a 50/50 Divorce State? In the state of Washington, all property in a divorce is subject to division. However, the way in which your assets are divided may vary depending on the nature of your divorce, the status of your property, and several other factors. That being said, your property will likely not be divided 50/50 in a divorce. Instead, Washington divorces focus on “equitable” division—that is, a division that is fair and just, not necessarily equal. To determine precisely how that plays out for divorcing couples, we’ve delved into the ...
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  • Marriage Story: What the film got right and wrong about divorce

    Marriage Story: What the film got right and wrong about divorce The Oscar-nominated Netflix film Marriage Story is a moving narrative that depicts the experiences and evolution of a family going through a divorce. The film follows divorcing spouses, Nicole (played by Scarlett Johansson) and Charlie (played by Adam Driver), as their split plays out. It got a lot of things right about what it’s like to go through a divorce in real life…but not everything. Read on to see what Marriage Story got right and wrong about divorce. What Marriage Story got right about divorce: The value of hiring ...
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  • New Tax Laws Apply to Divorces Finalized in 2019

    New Tax Laws Apply to Divorces Finalized in 2019 Nobody likes filing their taxes, and for couples whose divorce was finalized in 2019, it may become even more complicated with the new 2019 tax laws. A few recent changes may affect how you file your taxes as a divorced individual, and it can change what type of return you claim. While these new laws may prove beneficial for some, it’s always best to get ahead of the game by preparing for these new changes. Before you’re blindsided by these new tax rules, make sure you know what the new tax laws are for 2019 and find out how ...
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  • 4 Things to Consider Before a Divorce

    4 Things to Consider Before a Divorce Filing for divorce is a serious decision not to be made lightly, so before you take the plunge, there are a few things you should think about before you act. For example, you might want to find a counselor for your children or consult with a financial planner or accountant to make appropriate plans for your future. Whatever your situation, make sure you fully consider your options before you begin the divorce process. 1. Is a Legal Separation a Better Option? Divorce isn’t the best option for everyone, especially if you and ...
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