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Parenting Plans: Planning Makes for Success

A parenting plan is a written document that outlines how parents will raise their child after separation or divorce. You may have heard of legal terms such as “custody”.  It doesn’t have to be full of legal terms. It can focus on describing parenting arrangements such as: how decisions about the child are made (for […]

Phil Collins’ Files Emergency Injunction Over Mansion

The breakup between Phil Collins and his ex-wife Orianne Cevey is escalating. As of Saturday the legendary musician had broken up with his ex-wife (again) after reconciling in 2016 following Cevey’s divorce from her second husband, investment banker Charles Mejjati. This time things seem to be officially over; according to court documents obtained by Vanity Fair, Cevey […]

Pension Benefits…. Pure Gold

Pensions come up in divorces when spouses work at Boeing, serve our nation’s military, are state employees or are union workers. Pensions are very valuable yet, ironically, they have no cash value. They are becoming less common. They are valuable. A pension is the “right” to get a stream of payments every month once you […]

Who Pays For College?

Parents need to be aware they may foot much of the bill for kids’ college costs as the court gets involved The Washington State Child Support Schedule says this topic is advisory, not mandatory. In other words, there are rules with regard to support for children up until 18 or graduating high school. There are […]

The QDRO Quandary

How Division of Retirement Assets Occurs In most divorces, the issue of retirement and how to divide them come up. There are multiple types of retirement accounts and benefits. The easiest to understand is social security. It’s the most simple. A court can not divide social security. It can order a spouse to pay alimony […]

Creating Your Will, Living Will & Power of Attorney

Living wills and advance directives describe your preferences for end-of-life care. These documents speak for you when you’re not able to speak for yourself. Living wills and other advance directives are written, legal instructions regarding your preferences for medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Advance directives guide choices for doctors […]

Common Law Marriage Myth & Cohabitation Agreements

A common myth is that if you live with someone for seven years you automatically create a common law marriage. Common law marriage occurs when a couple lives together for a certain number of years, hold themselves out as husband and wife, and intend to be married. Washington State law does not allow common law […]

Divorce in an International World

The world is getting smaller and smaller. We live in a global society and have an international economy. International travel is easy. Thanks to the internet we’re all connected in new ways. These days, people meet and fall in love across international borders. So it’s no surprise that marriages involving dual citizenship are more common than […]

7 Tips to Find the Right Divorce Attorney

When you are facing divorce, one of the first questions that comes to mind is “How do I find a good lawyer?” Knowing how to choose a divorce attorney who will provide you with the legal advice you need, at a price you can afford, and be the right fit for your situation, isn’t easy. […]