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Tag Archives: divorce

Who Gets the Family Pet in a Divorce?

Pets are beloved family members in many households. In the event of a divorce, custody issues concerning the family pet can be highly emotional and contentious. While pets are still legally classified as property in Washington State, courts are increasingly departing from a traditional property analysis to determine which spouse should be awarded custody. Instead, […]

Limiting the Impact of Divorce Upon Your Business

As a business owner, you may have taken steps to protect your company from theft, security breaches, competitor threats and downturns in the market. But have you considered measures for protecting your business in the event of a divorce? With an estimated 40 to 50 percent of first marriages ending in divorce, and with even […]

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 […]