You have now decided to broach the topic of divorce. You and your spouse are in the process of separating and you are trying to determine your next steps. Understandably, there are many questions that are running through your head at this point. Where will I live? How will this impact my retirement? When will this all be finalized? How will this all be determined? These are all issues that can be complicated further when either spouse in a divorce has significant assets. One solution to an amicable and efficient high asset divorce is mediation.
There's little doubt that divorce is far less stigmatized than it once was. In our grandparent's generation, for instance, many couples likely stayed together for a lifetime not necessarily because they were happy but because they could not live with the embarrassment and judgment that divorce often caused.
A recent article addressed the issue of domestic violence affecting women in the state of Washington.
The Huffington Post has published its list of the "best" states for divorce. The state of Washington ranked fifth based on ease of filing and filing fee. Washington also has no residency requirement. On HuffPost's scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the easiest, we earned a 91.
Washington residents may be interested in a story concerning a movement in many states to enact legislation that would mandate shared custody between divorced parents. While many support these laws, others feel that they would limit courts and do a disservice to parents.
Jewish women in Washington state may want to heed the lessons learned by a woman who was legally, but not religiously, divorced from her ex-husband, a devout Orthodox Jew. To avoid her situation, divorce mediation is suggested. They did not enter such a process, however, and two years after the courts dissolved their marriage, her ex-husband had not provided her what is called a "get," a religious divorce in the Orthodox community. Without that get, she was not permitted to date or remarry within her religious group. According to a recent report, her situation was not unique.
Some professionals in the field of family law have reported a trend towards less acrimonious divorces. They state that there is a growing group of ex-spouses who remain friends and deeply involved in each others lives. Couples with children appear to be especially likely to have a more amicable divorce and a friendly relationship afterward.
Washington spouses going through a divorce who wish to make the process less adversarial may want to consider a more collaborative option. Divorce mediation can provide a channel for divorcing spouses to preserve greater financial stability with less conflict.
Washington residents who are preparing to divorce may be wondering how to decide who will get to keep the family pet. While most pet owners consider their creatures to be as beloved as children, historically, the law has not treated them as such. Unlike child custody issues, pet disputes typically are not referred to mediation. When judges were asked to decide the fate of a pet, the usual practice was to treat it as a piece of property.
Divorce can be stressful on everyone involved. Couples going through a divorce in Washington and elsewhere know that the lives of their loved ones can be affected as well as their own. Children can often suffer the most. However, there may be steps they can take to minimize some of the financial strain and emotional stress that can result from lengthy and contentious litigation.