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May 2019 Archives

Necessary documents for child custody

Gathering the necessary documentation for child custody should begin long before going into court. A judge should receive and have time to review the documents before the actual custody hearings, but parents who are separated and headed for divorce may want to start keeping records of the child's interaction with both of them.

How can I co-parent when my ex is toxic?

Barring situations involving abuse or neglect, Washington courts prefer joint custody situations when couples divorce. While this is thought to be in the best interest of the child, it can be difficult, or even impossible, to deal with an ex you consider toxic. Psychology Today explains how you can navigate this situation to the best of your ability, to ensure you and your children are taken care of. 

How income may affect the stability of a marriage

Washington couples may be more likely to stay together if their earnings are roughly equal. If a woman earns more money than her husband, the marriage may be particularly vulnerable. Various studies have looked at different attitudes about money and how it affects the stability of marriage and found that the answers are complex.

When divorce involves a stay-at-home parent

For many families in Washington, the choice to have a parent stay at home with the kids may have seemed obvious. In many cases, the person who leaves work to raise the children at home is often the mother. This scenario reflects a number of beliefs, including the widespread American view that mothers are the best choice to care for young children. Around a quarter of American mothers and 7% of fathers are stay-at-home parents, choosing to remain outside the traditional workforce in favor of caring for their children.

What do the courts consider when faced with a relocation request?

If, after the finalization of your Washington divorce, you want to relocate out of state with your child, know that you have an uphill battle ahead of you. If you share custody of your child with your ex-spouse, the courts are likely to hesitate to disrupt your child's current schedule and his or her relationship with the other parent. That said, the courts will not automatically deny you your request for relocation. VeryWell Family details a few considerations the courts will make before making a relocation decision.

3 signs your marriage might end in divorce

According to U.S. News & World Report, for every 1,000 married people in Washington state, approximately 12.06 people will get divorced over the course of the year. That means divorce is a very real possibility for many married couples, which can be disheartening to consider. There are signs your marriage may be headed for divorce, and being able to recognize these signs is crucial to make the best decisions for your marriage. 

How stonewalling and other behaviors can lead to divorce

Divorce does not always happen because of issues such as infidelity or substance abuse. Over the long term, other issues that appear to be less serious can erode the foundation of a marriage and lead to divorce for couples in Washington. Certain behaviors can lead to long-term resentment, and this could mean couples engaging in sarcasm, passive aggressiveness and other damaging behaviors.

Boy allegedly abducted from Spokane home by his father

When a couple enters into divorce proceedings in Federal Way, the hope is that they will be able to remain amicable towards each other throughout (as hostility may on serve to slow things down and add to the costs all sides incur). Yet certain elements of such proceedings (such as discussions involving child custody) can often spark emotion. Many divorcing parents may try to draw a proverbial "line in the sand" when it comes to custody and visitation, believing that each individually is best suited to care for their children. One has to wonder if their assertions are motivated less for the love they no doubt feel for their kids than it is their desire to punish their soon-to-be ex-spouses.