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December 2018 Archives

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.

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.

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. 

Miliarty families and telling your spouse about a divorce

For any couple, talking about a divorce can be incredibly difficult. For some, it may even seem downright impossible. For example, those who are married to a military member who is deployed, or are living overseas due to the military, may be especially worried about the impact that this announcement may have on their partner. Furthermore, some people who are involved in these types of relationships are already under an enormous amount of pressure due to the distance, stress and other challenges that some military families have to work through. As a result, it is essential to approach a military divorce properly.

An overview of legal guardianships

Cities like Bellevue, Washington, enjoy vibrant business growth. Major technology-dependent companies there include Microsoft, Boeing and more. Worldwide companies send businesspeople from Bellevue all the world. Travel is a way of life.

Child custody matters may be contentious

Some Washington couples seem to be able to work together despite their pending divorce while others disagree and contest seemingly every single detail. Cooperation can provide significant benefits to both parents in terms of a less costly process and a separation that is less stressful to all involved. Perhaps nowhere is this truer than in the arena of child custody, which can become extremely nasty and, if not reigned in, can be harmful to the children.

How does a judge determine a parenting plan?

If you are a parent who is going through a divorce, a major concern is probably who will get custody of your children. The state of Washington uses the term parenting plan instead of visitation or custody, and there are general factors that a judge typically considers before deciding on the best plan.

Handling the holidays after divorce

Ending a marriage can be among the most stressful events a person will go through in his or her life. The specific outcomes of Washington divorces vary on a case-by-case basis, but they also have many things in common. In cases where children are involved, the holidays can be an especially trying time. Divorced couples often have to deal with sending children back and forth to separate homes for holiday celebrations, which can lead to emotional situations and dilemmas.

Parallel parenting is an option for high conflict couples

Washington parents considering a split are generally prepared for animosity during the initial divorce or child custody proceedings. Conflict between parents is a major cause of stress for children who are already going through a dramatic reshaping of their world. The best-case scenario involves parents being able to put aside personal feelings to put focus on the best interests of the children in a collaborative co-parenting relationship. Unfortunately, that is not always possible. An alternative structure is a parallel parenting arrangement under which the parents communicate as little as possible and focus strictly on controlling their end of the arrangement. As with any parenting relationship, a parallel arrangement has its challenges.