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Marrying an attractive person could result in divorce

When a Washington state resident marries someone who is more attractive than he or she is, it could spell trouble for the relationship. Men who marry a more attractive woman could still be headed for divorce even if they are attentive to the needs of their wives. There are a couple of different reasons as to why this may be the case. In some relationships, the less attractive partner sabotages the relationship because of jealousy.

It is also possible that the more attractive individual is less committed to the relationship. Research does suggest that those who were friends before they started dating may have stronger marriages regardless of how attractive each person is. In such a scenario, what a person looks like may not matter when it comes to starting or maintaining a relationship. Research also suggests that men who marry women who are more attractive than them are happier overall.

Handling depression after a divorce

For some people, bringing their marriage to an end can be especially upsetting. The divorce process can generate a great deal of anxiety, uncertainty and even anger. Moreover, it can also trigger depression and there are various reasons why someone in Federal Way or another Washington city may feel sad after splitting up with their spouse. For example, they may be having a hard time adjusting to life without their marital partner, or they could be upset because they are not able to spend as much time with their kids or due to the financial repercussions of divorce (property distribution, child support, alimony payments and so on).

It is pivotal for you to address any negative feelings properly, especially if you are feeling depressed. You can take comfort knowing that these feelings are normal and many people encounter emotional challenges in the wake of a divorce. However, you should do everything you can to prevent depression and other negative emotions from making your life even harder. It could be helpful for you to meet new people, pick up a new hobby or spend more time participating in activities that you enjoy.

Who gets your artistic masterpiece after your divorce?

When you married your spouse, you agreed to share your life together. Part of the fun of your marriage was finding artistic masterpieces to acquire. Now that your marriage is on the rocks, however, you may wonder who gets the artwork after your divorce. 

Generally, divorcing spouses divide marital property equally. While splitting up cash is often simple, dividing meaningful property may trigger serious emotions. That is, if you or your soon-to-be ex loves the Jackson Pollack painting hanging in your entryway, you may have a difficult time deciding who should receive ownership of it. 

Research shows that joint custody benefits children of all ages

Divorced couples with children in Washington often have differences of opinion over custody and visitation issues. Some may even believe that sole custody is best for the kids, especially infants and toddlers. However, joint custody is usually better for children of all ages. This is the main takeaway from a study published by a psychologist who analyzed research on various approaches to post-divorce parenting.

The study also found that worries about toddlers and infants staying overnight with their fathers are unfounded. Another researcher looking at similar studies drew the same conclusion about the positives of joint custody for children. According to her conclusions, there's evidence showing that kids in joint physical custody families do better both emotionally and academically. These kids also tend to have better overall physical health and healthier relationships with other people in their lives.

Long-distance parenting and your parenting plan

Moving away from your child may be heart-wrenching, even though it is necessary. However, leaving Washington does not mean leaving your child's life. At Clement Law Center, our legal team often helps parents who are relocating to craft a parenting plan that keeps them from losing contact with their children.

According to the Psychological Center for Expert Evaluations, Inc., your primary focus should be to work out a plan that preserves the bond between you and your child. Issues to discuss in negotiations include the following:

  • Which holidays you will have
  • Which school vacations you will have
  • Visitation when you are in town
  • How the other parent will keep you informed about your child's life

Plan now for upcoming changes in divorce-related tax laws

Washington residents may be interested in learning about upcoming tax changes that will affect alimony payments. Starting on Jan. 1, 2019, new divorcees who have to pay alimony will not be able to deduct support payments from their taxes.

This has led to an increase in individuals seeking to get their divorces finalized before this deadline. The same is true for individuals working as financial planners. However, most people who started their divorce proceedings toward the end of the 2018 calendar year may not get their divorces filed in time to avoid being affected by changes in the tax law.

Infidelity and divorce mediation

Each divorce is different, from a case which involves disagreement over raising a child to a couple simply growing apart from one another. Sometimes, marriages are ended over infidelity, and this has become increasingly common in the information age as a result of various apps and dating websites. When infidelity occurs, some people may become extremely upset with their spouse, so much so that they are no longer able to maintain contact. In other instances, a couple may be able to work together while bringing their marriage to an end, by turning to a mediator for example.

Working with a divorce mediator could offer various benefits and some couples who are divorcing because of their partner's affair may want to think about working with a mediator as they end their marriage. It is understandable for someone to have hard feelings in the wake of an affair, but mediation could be beneficial for both parties. If you are unsure of whether or not this option might be viable given your situation, it could be a smart idea to bring up the idea of mediation with your spouse. Whether you were responsible for an affair that brought your marriage to an end or your spouse cheated on you, mediation could be the right way to go.

Why tackling debt is important in a marriage

In a study by Fidelity, around half of all couples said they were in debt when they entered their partnerships. Nearly half disagreed about who was responsible, and 40 percent reported that their relationship was negatively affected by the debt. Washington couples may want to prioritize paying down their debt, and if this is not possible, they might want to consider creating a pre- or postnuptial agreement that specifies their financial responsibilities.

Making an agreement of this type is one way that couples can better manage their finances. These agreements do not just prepare couples for divorce. They also open a conversation about money that could be helpful to the couple in moving forward. Couples may also want to work with a financial planner or another professional to talk about strategies for paying off debt. For example, they will need to decide whether they want to use the snowball or avalanche method. With the first method, they would pay off small debts first. This can give people the psychological satisfaction needed to continue the process. With the second method, they would choose the debt with the biggest interest rate.

Property division when one spouse is an artist

The inventory for property division during divorce may include a variety of personal items dearer to one spouse than the other. This may be especially true if these items are artwork created by one of the spouses.

It may seem as if these pieces should belong to the person who created them. However, just as earnings, investments, retirement accounts, insurance policies or a business become marital property when a spouse acquires them during the marriage, so does artwork. As soon as a spouse creates it, it becomes the joint property of both spouses. Therefore, the artwork is subject to division based on community property law, which involves equal rather than equitable division.

Late icon's daughter hopes rehab will bolster custody case

There may be many assumptions that people in Federal Way have about divorce proceedings that are ultimately untrue. One may be that family courts automatically assume mothers to be the ones best fit to raise their children, and thus custody hearings tend to favor them right from the outset. In reality, the court's primary motivation when issuing rulings in custody cases is the best interests of the children involved. There is a presumption that kids are most benefited from having both parents in their lives. Thus, joint custody may be the arrangement that courts favor. Yet parents must first prove that they are deserving of that. 

Proving that may mean making changes in one's lifestyle. That is what Lisa Marie Presley (the daughter of the late entertainer Elvis Presley) is trying to prove with her latest admission in to rehab. Presley has been candid about her struggles with cocaine in the past, and is concerned that those issues could impede her being awarded primary custody of her twin daughters. While addressing her issues with substance abuse could help her case, both she and her ex-husband have been accused of abusing their girls. The judge presiding over the case recently ruled that a mental health evaluation needed to be done on the couple's daughters to determine whether any of these allegations might be true.