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Recognize these signs of divorce before it is too late

Marriage is not always easy, and Washington couples can expect there to be some turbulence along the way. However, there are certain signs that experts use to predict when a marriage is in real trouble. Some are more subtle and some more obvious, but it is important that couples recognize them so they can begin to make changes in their relationship before the problems become too big to fix.

How inequality can increase the likelihood of divorce

When couples in Washington begin their marriage with a traditional arrangement in which the husband is the breadwinner while the wife earns less or stays at home, if there is later a change in the wife's status, the couple could be headed for divorce. A study by Swedish researchers found that when a wife begins making more money, the likelihood of divorce increases. This is not the case for couples who begin on a more even footing.

Military service may complicate custody agreements

Divorcing and figuring out child custody agreements are seldom simple processes, but they may be even more complex if you or your spouse is a military service member. In divorce cases involving military service, you may need to figure out exactly how Washington's child custody laws address situations such as overseas deployments. At the Clement Law Center, we understand how military service influences child custody terms, and we have helped many parents come to satisfactory agreements.

May you move with your children after a divorce?

If you and your spouse file for divorce in Washington, there are several laws that govern how you must handle parenting issues. Depending on the details of your custody agreement, there may be restrictions on where you and your spouse may live. If you are the person with whom your children live most of the time, certain aspects of the Relocation Act may apply if you decide you want to move to another area.

Calculating support after a job loss

When a Washington couple gets a divorce, the process of dividing property and deciding on support can become even more difficult if one person loses a job. The circumstances in which the person lost the job may be significant in some cases. The legal system may view a layoff differently from a situation in which a person is fired.

Sharing custody and co-parenting during the summer months

For children of parents in Washington who are divorced or separated, summertime can be a time of stress and anxiety instead of a time of joy and relaxation. But it doesn't have to be this way if parents no longer living in the same house do some planning before school is out and schedules are more flexible.

Military divorces slowly dropping

Military couples in Washington might be less likely to divorce than in previous years. Divorce in the military has been on a slow decline in the last decade, and a 3% divorce rate in 2018 represented a 0.1% drop from the previous year. The rate is calculated over fiscal years by comparing how many divorces are reported by the end of the year to how many people are married at the start. However, it cannot be accurately compared to the national divorce rate because the two are calculated so differently. In 2016, the national divorce rate was 3.2%.

Dealing with insomnia during the divorce process

Ending your marriage can lead to concerns about finances, emotional challenges and it may affect other aspects of your life also. For example, some people develop sleep disorders due to divorce-related stress, while those who have existing sleep problems may find that they have even more difficulty sleeping well due to anxiety over their divorce. It is important to address these problems promptly and you may be able to find some relief by going over your options and having a clear understanding of the process, which could lower your stress levels and help you sleep better at night.

Spousal support and starting a new job

For those who are required to pay spousal support, a number of major life changes may occur which necessitate the revision of a spousal support order and raise a number of questions. Aside from serious health issues and other concerns, some people may have questions about this facet of family law when they are starting a new job or have other job-related concerns. For example, someone who has been paying spousal support may have lost their job, raising concerns about their ability to keep making payments. Or, someone may be offered a more lucrative position, and they may wonder how this will impact their spousal support obligations.

How divorce can affect Social Security benefits

According to the Social Security Administration, 96% of workers in the United States are covered under Social Security. In addition, the spouses of these workers may also be eligible for benefits. This is true even after a divorce. In fact, a former spouse in Washington can potentially earn up to half of the benefits of an ex-spouse who qualifies for Social Security.

How can you manage a vacation during the summer?

While the summer break from school is a time that many in Federal Way look forward to, divorced parents may view it with a certain bit of trepidation. Having their kids out of school presents the opportunity to grow closer to them through an extended summer vacation. However, vacation plans can often interfere with a standard custody schedule

Dealing with divorce while you are in another relationship

There are a number of unique challenges that someone may be going through while they are in the process of ending their marriage, and everyone's situation is different. Some people may never find themselves in another relationship after their divorce, while others may have already found a new partner in the middle of the divorce process. This may allow some people to find emotional support during a tough divorce, while others may have an especially difficult time trying to deal with their current and former partner throughout the end of their marriage.

Working in tech and divorcing puts complex assets at stake

If you work in a high-paying tech position and are facing a divorce, you likely have many financial concerns. While having a lucrative job comes with many perks, it means that the end of your marriage is probably going to be more complex. Complications often arise in high-asset divorces due to the fact that more assets are at risk. The stakes are much higher when it comes to the consequences of property division and support payment decisions.