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November 2013 Archives

Divorces and pet custody

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.

After two years, Kutcher and Moore reach divorce settlement

Washington residents may be interested to learn that, after a prolonged battle, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are reportedly ready to finalize their divorce. The couple announced in Nov. 2011 that they were ending their marriage and Kutcher officially filed for divorce a year later. Since that time, both stars have reportedly started new relationships.

More women want prenuptial agreements, statistics reveal

Washington residents may be interested in learning that the latest trends in a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reveals that more women have been wanting prenuptial agreements. As the financial and real estate markets continue to change, there are more assets at risk in the event of a marriage dissolution. More than 46 percent of divorce lawyers interviewed in the survey revealed that they saw more women initiating the requests. For spouses seeking divorce in Seattle, Washington, it is important to consider the implications of divorce given the community property laws in the state. Community property laws maintain that spouses equally share all property and that they also equally share property acquired during the marriage.