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April 2019 Archives

Situations that make co-parenting hard or impossible

While many experts may say that a healthy co-parenting relationship is the ideal post-divorce arrangement, it is not possible for all parents. Several elements must be in place for people to co-parent successfully. These include the ability to communicate, consistent rules between households, adherence to the custody schedule but flexibility if it must change and respect for one another as parents. Individuals should also agree on major issues like religion and education, have clear boundaries and behave amicably at events they must both attend for the children.

A woman's journey through high-asset divorce

When a woman announces she is filing for divorce, friends appear by her side to offer well-meaning support and advice. Some of them have already survived a high-asset divorce and have lived to tell the tale. They may tell entertaining but irrelevant stories about their husband's legal team or gloat over how they won a hotly contested asset.

Courts increasingly showing preference for joint/shared custody

The good news today for fathers in Washington is that courts often approach child custody cases with the presumption of awarding joint legal custody. This trend marks a dramatic change from what was common for much of the previous century - awarding full custody to the mother. Courts are now increasingly recognizing the importance of keeping both parents involved in a child's life after a marriage ends.

The consequences of failing to pay spousal support

Many different financial considerations may need to be taken into account when a couple splits up. For example, those with children may need to carefully look into custody and child support, while those with a high net worth may have an especially complicated divorce due to property distribution and the financial effects of ending the marriage. Spousal support is another area of concern for some couples, and it is essential to be aware of the different consequences associated with falling behind on spousal support payments.

Avoid custodial interference issues when relocating out of state

After Washington parents divorce, the relocation of one parent to another state is often an issue. This is particularly true if the parent with primary custody plans to take the children with him or her. The parent not moving must take action if they do not accept the relocation.

Dividing a business in a divorce

When people in Washington decide to divorce, the situation can become more complex when a family business is involved. Divorce can involve an array of emotional, practical and financial considerations, and in most cases, a fair distribution of family assets is a goal. However, it can be particularly challenging to reach an agreement when both spouses are part of a business, especially as Washington is a community property state. In order to divide a company as part of a divorce, each spouse will need to decide how they want to be involved with the firm moving forward. Decisions can be made using this as a basis.

Remaining eligible for TRICARE

You being the spouse of a service member in Federal Way grants you access to several exclusive benefits (chief among them being healthcare coverage through TRICARE, the military's health insurance program). If you choose to divorce, your dependence on the benefits you receive due to your now-former spouse's service could leave you facing a very uncertain future. Many have come to us here at the Clement Law Center questioning how they may be able to replace their TRICARE coverage. If you share the same concern, you will be happy to know that you may continue to be covered even after your divorce. 

Do you need a forensic accountant on your divorce team?

For some married couples who decide to go their separate ways, detangling their finances and assets can prove relatively easy, while for others, the process can prove long and convoluted. Increasingly, divorcing parties who have complex financial portfolios or assets of undetermined value opt to hire forensic accountants to assist them through their divorces and help ensure they get their fair shake.

Using expert witnesses in a divorce case

When people in Washington make the decision to divorce, they face a range of varying circumstances. Some couples may be able to reach a simple resolution with little difficulty, and even some people with significant assets find it easy to negotiate a fair resolution. However, other cases can be much more challenging, especially when the divorcing spouses are in dispute over financial matters, child custody or other major legal issues.