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Premarital Agreements… Thoughtful Terms Make a Good Prenup

When we see people with money divorcing one of the first questions we have is who got the premarital agreement and who stands to benefit financially. Oftentimes,  the wealthier, more-moneyed future spouse has minimized or eliminated the post-marriage rights of the less-moneyed spouse and ensured that the prenup would be still enforceable under that state’s laws. The goal […]

Pre-marital Agreements: A Smart Marriage Move

Pre-marital agreements are becoming more common as couples realize they are helpful to one or both parties. Do pre-marital agreements make sense for normal people earning average incomes?  The answer: “Yes!” If you read the covers of magazines at the supermarket, you see impending divorces of celebrities and discussions about their pre-marital agreements, alimony, and child custody battles […]

New Paid Family Leave Policy In New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation adopting a 12-week paid family leave policy for New York employees on April 4. This family leave law will provide employees with up to 12 weeks of paid leave to allow them to care for a new child. They can also use this time to care for a […]

Washington State’s Relocation Statute

Washington’s relocation statute is very specific with regards to notice requirements and timing. Failure to give required notice may be grounds for sanctions, including contempt of court. If the move is within the same school district, the relocating person must provide notice by reasonable means. A person entitled to time with the child may not object to what […]

Relocation: Follow the Rules or Pay the Penalty

The UCCJA is a law that controls which court has jurisdiction to make custody and visitation decisions about your child when you are getting or have gotten a divorce or separation.  It is important to now about this law if you are considering relocation. It says that, in most cases, if a child moves out […]

Obamacare Impacts Family Law Cases

Happily ever doesn’t happen as long as we would like. Almost 50 percent of the time “happily” married couples in America end up getting not so happily divorced. For those with children, determining custody, child support and dividing assets are often made the top priorities.  Health insurance, especially now that we have the Affordable Care Act (ACA)  […]

Have Kids? Have a Will and Trust?

A will directs who gets your property when you die. It also appoints a legal representative to carry out your wishes. Die without one, and the State decides who gets what irrespective of what you may have wanted. Intestacy laws vary considerably from state to state. In general, if you die and your spouse and […]

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Divorce is “Off”

The past few weeks have been a little over the top… even for the Kardashians. Khloe Kardashian’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, asked a judge to withdraw the couple’s divorce papers on Wednesday morning. The judge granted the request. Why should you care? You probably shouldn’t, but their unique situation provides a lesson in why not just […]

Spousal Maintenance: Who Gets How Much Alimony?

We’ve heard stories of the woman who gets $6,000 a month from her ex-husband and questioned if that was really something a court would do. Do “average people” get spousal maintenance? Some do. Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, is awarded in cases where a divorce makes it difficult for one person to keep the […]

Family Law Forms Changing in 2016

Family law forms in King County are going through some large scale revisions with the goal of making them more user friendly and less confusing. The new forms are being referred to as “plain language” forms.  Since 2009 volunteers including practicing attorneys, judges and lay people have been meeting and discussing how to make the […]