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Tag Archives: divorce

Will Coronavirus Quarantine Lead to More Divorces?

The longer the COVID-19 quarantine goes on, the more rumblings we’re hearing in the media that a spike in divorce rates is coming, and there is some evidence that it could become a reality. Take New York, the state with by far the most coronavirus cases in the country. A recent New York Post report […]

How a Prenuptial Agreement Can Protect You

Nobody likes to think about divorce before entering into a marriage, but an increasing number of couples do just that, with a prenuptial agreement.  This agreement can be used to set terms for the disposition of property, debts and other responsibilities when a marriage ends. These agreements are particularly useful in Washington, a community property […]

What Estate Planning Steps Should You Take During a Divorce?

If you are married and have a will as part of your estate plan, chances are you named your spouse as the beneficiary to receive most of your assets after you pass away. If you do not have a will, Washington law provides that half of your marital assets will automatically pass to your spouse […]

What Is the Role of a Parenting Evaluator in a Washington Divorce?

Divorce can be very difficult, especially when there are children involved. If there is a dispute over custody, the court has a duty to ensure that the child is placed in a safe environment with a qualified parent. In these situations, a parenting evaluator plays an important role. This court-appointed official is charged with determining […]

Does Marital Fault Affect Property Division or Child Custody?

Washington is a no-fault state, where the only ground for divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage. Traditional grounds like adultery, cruelty and desertion have been abolished. Yet the bad behavior of one or both of the spouses can affect a divorce in other ways — namely, regarding property division and parenting rights. Property […]

What Are the Drawbacks to a Do-It-Yourself Divorce in Washington?

Divorce is potentially one of the biggest life decisions you’ll make, and it is vital that your interests and those of your children will be protected after your marriage ends. While there are online resources that appear to offer a convenient, low-cost method of marriage dissolution without an attorney — particularly when there is general […]

How Can Separate Property Best Be Protected in a Divorce?

A recent Bank of America survey shows that 28 percent of married millennials keep their finances separate, compared with 11 percent of Gen Xers and 13 percent of baby boomers. Why the dramatic increase? Perhaps millennials were sobered by living through the hardships caused by the Great Recession. Or they may be children of divorce […]

Protecting Your Retirement During Gray Divorce

If you are over 50 and thinking about divorcing your spouse, you are not alone. So-called gray divorce is growing. The number of people divorcing after age 65 has more than doubled since 1990, according to the Council on Contemporary Families. People in this age bracket may be looking forward to retiring soon or may […]

How Mediation Works in a Divorce

You may have read about lengthy, adversarial and expensive legal fights in the tabloids or seen them reported on TV. However, the recent divorce of actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck is an example of how high-profile couples can resolve their differences over property and parenting issues without the glare of publicity and the uncertainties […]

How Does Washington State Determine Spousal Maintenance Awards?

Settling what was perhaps Washington state’s most famous divorce, MacKenzie Bezos received 4 percent of Amazon’s stock, worth approximately $36.8 billion, from company founder Jeff Bezos. No alimony was awarded and clearly there was no need for it. She is now the third richest woman in the world, according to Forbes. However, few divorcees obtain […]