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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 […]

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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 […]

Threatening Behavior in Divorce – Domestic Violence?

In the United States, 20 people are abused by a partner every minute. That’s one case of abuse every three seconds. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men experience violence by their partners in their lifetimes. Domestic violence and its effects cost the U.S. more than $8.3 billion per year. Oftentimes domestic violence […]

Know Your Rights — and Stay Calm if Pulled Over by Police

It’s important it is to know your legal rights, and what is and is not permissible to do when you are pulled over by a police officer. There’s the law—what is legally permissible for the officer and the motorist to do. And then there’s the reality of how such encounters with police can play out. Given […]