A frequent question asked of many family law attorneys is: which is the easiest way to handle a divorce? While most will tell you that there is no easy way to deal with divorce, those same attorneys, including many here in Washington, will tell you that possibly one of the best ways is through divorce mediation.
While most people in the state of Washington know what it's like to go through a rough patch in their marriage, very few people know that these rough patches can be ten times more difficult for military families. Forced to endure months away from their loved ones because of deployments, military officers and their families can often times find the challenges of military life too difficult to bear.
When New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries married reality star Kim Kardashian in August 2011, nothing appeared out of the ordinary. But when the couple filed for divorce just 72 days after tying the knot, people across the nation, including here in Washington, began to speculate whether the marriage had actually been a stunt created by producers for one of Kim's reality shows.
Many residents here in Washington may be familiar with the story of the 'pregnant man.' He first entered the spotlight when he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008. Originally born a woman, he is now legally considered a man and has even carried all three of his and his wife's children. But while the 'pregnant man', also known as Thomas Beatie, was used to scrutiny from the public, nothing could prepare him for the difficulties he would face later on in life.
Residents in Washington are no strangers to the civil rights battle currently swirling around same-sex couples. Only just recently allowed to marry here in Washington, same-sex couples have fought years of prejudice to be able to marry their significant other. But now it appears that they are fighting a new battle: the right to divorce.