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Putting the kids first in a parenting schedule

Washington spouses who are going through divorce should understand that a parenting plan is meant to help children keep a healthy relationship with both households. Neither parent should attempt to undermine the other because they are angry about the divorce.

Reviewing reasons for relocating after divorce

Couples break up for countless reasons, and it is important to remember how the circumstances surrounding divorce vary from one case to another. Some couples have many kids together and struggle with custody matters, while others may be childless but could face divorce challenges due to their assets. If you have children, all sorts of legal matters may be on the table, from child support to custody. However, you may also be thinking about relocating, or your spouse may want to move with your child, in which case you will have to look into parental relocation issues.

Child visitation for military parents

When one or both divorced parents of a child are members of the military, arranging child visitation can be a complicated matter. Just like non-military families, visitation for military members is established in family court through a custody agreement that's approved by a judge. These agreements need to adhere to the state law of Washington or wherever the family resides. When both parents stay in the same location, visitation can be structured or unstructured. Structured requires a strict schedule while unstructured allows some flexibility.

Military benefits for spouses do not end with abandonment

The end of a relationship is traumatic, but yours may be more so if your service member spouse has abandoned you. The legal team at Clement Law Center has an in-depth knowledge of military family law, and we often provide advice to military spouses who find themselves in this position.

Custody and older children

When it comes to child custody cases, there are a lot of different factors that must be considered. Of course, courts will look at the relationships between children and their parents, the financial circumstances of parents and other factors that will help the court try to decide which arrangement would be in the best interests of a child. One factor that can play a role in custody cases which is sometimes overlooked is the age of children. If you are preparing for a custody case or are going through a bitter dispute with your child’s other parent, please look into issues related to your child’s age if they could impact your case.

A newly divorced spouse may benefit from a financial team

Most people getting a divorce in Washington, or anywhere else in the nation, face many changes during the transition to single life. For a dependent spouse who previously relied on their ex's assortment of financial professionals, it's sometimes tempting to get a new team of advisers. However, it may be difficult for a newly single adult to get a clean break or fresh start if they fail to choose financial advisers more in line with their personal needs and goals.

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.

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).

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.

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.