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  • Does It Matter Who Files For Divorce First?

    Does It Matter Who Files For Divorce First? Are There Benefits to Filing for Divorce First? Many divorce attorneys argue that there really is no advantage to filing for dissolution (divorce) first, however, we believe that it depends on your individual circumstances. In general, there are certain financial and legal benefits to being the first to file for divorce. The advantages of filing for divorce first can include: More Planning : You get to plan in advance and take your time selecting a lawyer, rather than having to scramble to find a lawyer to meet with you and ...
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  • 3 Things to Know About Spousal Support in Washington

    3 Things to Know About Spousal Support in Washington Spousal support, also called spousal maintenance, is a court-ordered payment that one spouse must make to the other to make sure that neither spouse is left destitute both during and after the divorce proceedings . Below, we explain different types of spousal support, the tax consequences, and when spousal support can be modified in Washington. #1: Types of Spousal Maintenance Judges in Washington can award three types of spousal maintenance: temporary support, short-term maintenance, and long-term maintenance. Judes can ...
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  • How the Length of a Marriage May Affect Divorce

    How the Length of a Marriage May Affect Divorce The length of a marriage is one of several important factors for a court's consideration in a divorce and is primarily relevant to two aspects of a marital dissolution: the division of marital property and spousal support . Does the Length of a Marriage Affect Property Division? The length of a marriage can influence two aspects of property division. First, the duration of the marriage is relevant to the precise distribution of property between the spouses . Second, long-term marriages often involve more complex property ...
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  • 7 Marriage Questions Every Engaged Couple Should Ask to Avoid Divorce

    7 Marriage Questions Every Engaged Couple Should Ask to Avoid Divorce Before tying the knot, couples should make sure they have the same expectations going into marriage. When couples communicate their wants, needs, and expectancies, they’re far less likely to find themselves having major disagreements about big life decisions that could eventually result in divorce. Even if certain topics don’t seem relevant now, they are almost certain to become so later down the line. When couples have different views on major issues, such as the desire to have children or other future goals, they might not ...
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  • FAQ: Serving Divorce Papers in Washington

    FAQ: Serving Divorce Papers in Washington After a person files for divorce , a copy of the summons, complaint, and the notice of the initial hearing must be hand-delivered to the other spouse. This process is commonly referred to as serving divorce papers. Below, our divorce attorneys answer common questions we are asked about serving divorce papers in Washington. Question #1: How do I serve divorce papers? A: There are three ways to serve divorce papers: hand-delivery, certified mail, and publication. Question #2: Can I personally serve divorce papers? A: You ...
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  • Divorce by Default: When a Spouse Fails to Respond to Divorce Papers

    Divorce by Default: When a Spouse Fails to Respond to Divorce Papers Divorce by default might be necessary if one party fails to respond to the divorce petition within the deadline. Essentially, default is an easy court victory that allows the person seeking divorce to finish their case without the other party. The default order also prohibits the respondent from taking any other actions in the divorce case, including presenting evidence, witnesses, or arguments. To obtain a divorce by default, you must file a motion for default with the clerk of the superior court and schedule a court ...
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  • David Starks Named 2022 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year”

    David Starks Named 2022 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” We are proud to announce that Best Lawyers® has named David Starks the 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for family law in the Seattle Metro Area. David is a fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and a recognized leader on international family law issues, difficult custody disputes, and dissolutions involving significant financial assets and business interests. Best Lawyers selects only one “Lawyer of the Year” for each practice area and geographic location, making this accolade particularly significant. ...
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  • 19 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Listed in 2022’s The Best Lawyers in America

    19 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Listed in 2022’s The Best Lawyers in America 19 McKinley Irvin Attorneys Listed in 2022’s The Best Lawyers in America McKinley Irvin is proud to announce that 19 of the firm’s attorneys have been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® . Attorneys listed in Best Lawyers are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication process. A total of 55 family law attorneys in Washington state are included in The Best Lawyers in America list. With 8 attorneys listed as Best Lawyers and 10 recognized as Ones to ...
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