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Child custody and financial instability

When it comes to child custody decisions, there are a plethora of factors that courts will review. For example, the court may consider a child's relationship with each parent and other factors that will be used to determine which outcome would serve the best interests of a child. However, there are other factors that could have an impact on a custody ruling, such as a parent's financial circumstances. For parents, divorce can bring many changes in life and even problems, in some instances, but it is essential to be prepared for custody hearings and other critical issues.

A parent may face financial hardships for various reasons. For example, they may be worried about becoming homeless because they have lost their source of income. However, there are other factors that can impact a parent's ability to have custody of their child with respect to homelessness, such as domestic violence. Sometimes, the end of marriage can upend a person's life in many ways and affect their employment and financial well-being.

International custody sometimes calls for extreme measures

When you have a child, there are so many moments you cherish. From tucking them in bed at night to their first day of school, each memory you make together holds a place in your heart and theirs. Even though the bond between parent and child knows no boundaries, being 5,000 miles apart can put a strain on the relationship. Being separated from your child is the reality that countless parents face when facing an international custody battle.

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Making the best of divorce and a difficult move

Perhaps you have accepted a great new job in another state, which lifts your spirits after your recent divorce. You have two young daughters, and as the custodial parent, you plan to take them with you.

However, you must consider the court order, and then the move itself, both of which will involve some interaction with your ex-spouse.

What are some consequences of failing to pay child support?

For those who do not make child support payments, a myriad of challenges can arise. Failing to pay child support can make life difficult for custodial parents and children, of course, but it can also create many problems for non-custodial parents who cannot pay or choose not to pay. For example, a parent who has fallen behind on his or her child support payments might face arrest, have an incredible amount of stress, face financial penalties, and suffer irreparable damage to their reputation. However, the ramifications of back child support can create many other problems, some of which are not as obvious.

Falling behind on child support can create tax-related problems, such as the interception of a tax refund. Moreover, it may adversely impact a non-custodial parent in other ways. For example, someone may be unable to leave the country because they cannot successfully apply for a passport due to their failure to pay child support. Not only could this interfere with vacation plans, but it can spell disaster for those who need to travel for business purposes.

The end of marriage and child relocation

Deciding to bring your marriage to an end may be tough, but there are times when couples realize that moving forward is necessary. Sometimes, the divorce process is relatively straightforward, while others, such as those who have children, may run into a number of challenges concerning family law. From child support to a custody dispute, legal issues involving children are often quite emotional and can have a significant impact on the futures of parents and children alike. Moreover, a parent may have uncertainty or concerns about relocating with their child after they have split up in Federal Way, or another Washington city.

Parental relocation can be tough for both parties. On the one hand, a custodial parent may be unsure of their rights or responsibilities, while a non-custodial parent may be upset about the decisions their child's other parent is making. As a result, it is essential for parents to handle legal matters involving child relocation with care and make sure that the case moves forward as smoothly as possible. Depending on your circumstances, different options may be available if you need to relocate with your child, such as revising your parenting plan.

Parenting plans for unmarried ex-couples

If you and your ex-partner were never married or in a domestic partnership together, and you share a child, creating a parenting plan may feel a bit more complicated. Initiating a plan looks a bit different than if you were married, but your parental rights can be just as protected.

It's important to know how you will need to assert your custody rights in this case, as it makes a significant difference in how a final parenting plan will be decided. The first step should be to establish parentage.

What happens when a parent wants to move overseas?

Technology has changed the world. Travel times continue to decrease and we can chat on the phone, by video or text in real time, regardless where the other person is standing. The world may be figuratively shrinking, but the world is still a very large place. International legal matters remain as complex as ever.

International marriages are on the rise, and moving to a new country is more common as well. When there is a divorce or child custody matter in the midst of a transnational move, it adds layers of complexity. Child custody relocations from state to state are complicated enough without crossing an international border. While it's easier for a parent in another country to video chat or call their children, the simple fact is that it matters where the child lives and where custody is decided.

Hiding assets is more common than you think

It has long been acknowledged that money fights are one of the top causes of divorce, especially when salaries between spouses are unequal. The results of a recent poll by  affirm this fact, finding that over 31 percent of poll respondents equate financial dishonesty to physical infidelity.

The irony here is that the poll also found that 23 percent of respondents admitted to hiding financial assets from their partner, such as a credit card (or credit cards), a checking account, or a secret savings or investment account. Moreover, while 85 percent of respondents claimed they were always honest about their finances with their partners, 77 percent didn't give their partners the same benefit of the doubt. 

Millennials have a pragmatic view of marriage and divorce

Divorce reached its peak in the 1970s when about 50 percent of all marriages eventually collapsed. Since then, the divorce rate has been decreasing, and it may be lowest for the millennial generation.

Millennials look at life differently than their parents did at the same age, and their views on marriage and divorce result from the evolution of certain factors.

High asset divorce: The art of collaboration

Divorce is often a complicated matter that many wealthy couples in the Bellevue area find themselves going through when their marriages come to an end. You may think you must fight your partner at every turn in order for you to receive every dime and asset you feel you deserve. However, you do not need to resort to becoming an overly aggressive person. It is possible for you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse to work things out in your divorce through collaboration so you can stay on good terms with each other for the sake of your kids. 

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