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August 2019 Archives

Signs a spouse may be hiding assets

There is a common misconception that only men hide or conceal assets during a divorce. However, as women are gaining more economic power in Washington and throughout the country, there is an opportunity for individuals of both genders to hide assets. It is not uncommon for women who earn more in a relationship to have control over a household's finances. This means that they pay bills, file tax returns and determine how money is invested.

Signs you may be in an abusive marriage

Not all abuse is obvious like physical abuse. People who are in a marriage in Washington may feel like something is wrong in their relationship but not be able to pinpoint exactly what it is. The signs of an emotional or psychological abusive relationship are often subtle and wear down the victim slowly over time. It is important to be able to identify when one is in an abusive relationship so he or she can get out safely.

Couples must understand their finances before divorce

In Washington and across the United States, divorce can wreak havoc on a person's finances. The end of a marriage involves strong emotions, and a dispute sometimes ensues. Designing a sound settlement agreement can help couples cope after they get divorced. Otherwise, they may learn that living as single individuals involves complexities with regard to money. Plus, divorced individuals risk losing the types of lifestyles they planned to enjoy during their retirement years.

Switching schools when divorce means relocating

When two parents in Washington make the choice to get divorced, it is not unusual for one of them to move out of the home that was previously shared. Who decides to leave and why are factors that vary significantly depending on the length of the relationship, legalities with property ownership and even how the relationship ended. In difficult circumstances and especially those where disagreement is bitter and unavoidable, one parent may choose to relocate entirely. 

When a parent would endanger a child in custody cases

When some Washington parents divorce, one of them may have concerns about the safety of their children when they are with the other parent. When they have true fears that their children's other parent places them in danger, they should speak up and inform the court about their concerns. Courts will investigate threats of violence, domestic violence, and allegations of abuse before they make child custody decisions.

Back to school and custody considerations

It is a good idea for divorced parents to review their custody situation at regular intervals in Washington to accommodate changes. Before the kids return to school is a good time to decide if the current visitation schedule will still work or if it is time to redo it.

Managing online presence when marriage is ending

With social media being such an important part of most people's lives, managing online presence during the planning, process and after a divorce can be challenging for Washington, D.C. residents. However, it is important to maintain caution and certain limits when it comes to social media use during the process, as it can affect the actual proceedings and the lives of the former spouses and their children.

Tips for keeping the costs of divorce from breaking the bank

One of the most stressful parts of divorce for many couples in Washington is the process of reorganizing their finances and negotiating an agreement about how shared assets will be split up. Often, even in the most amicable divorces, people will have to compromise and settle for an agreement that while hopefully mutually beneficial, maybe less-than-ideal.