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November 2019 Archives

Taking a step back may help when considering divorce

When many Washington residents no longer feel happy, they may think that they need a change. For some, that change could be to end their marriage and start a new chapter in their lives. Choosing to divorce is not an easy decision to make, and many peopleĀ struggle to decide whether to take that course of action.

Prenuptial agreements can ease property division

When people in Washington think about marriage, they may not consider that a prenuptial agreement is necessary for them. In the past, many people considered prenups to be a matter solely for celebrities or ultra-wealthy individuals with large family estates. However, an increasing number of people are moving toward choosing prenups for themselves, especially as people choose to marry later in life after they have already established careers or purchased property. Given that people often marry others at similar career points or socioeconomic standing as themselves, prenups can help to avoid more complicated issues later down the line.

Holidays and divorce need not always be a recipe for disaster

Is it possible to end a marriage but still enjoy a low-stress holiday season? While it is definitely true that divorce affects parents, children, extended family and friends, it is not necessarily always true that getting divorced before the holidays means there will be no celebrations ahead. In fact, many Washington families are able to peacefully and amicably navigate the holidays so that their children's best interests are the central focus.

Co-parenting after a high-conflict divorce

Many divorced parents in Washington struggle with the new realities of co-parenting. It can be emotionally draining and logistically difficult to go from being with the kids 100% of the time to sharing them with a former partner. While these challenges can emerge even in amicable divorce situations, the situation can be much worse in a high-conflict divorce. This is especially true when one of the partners is toxic, narcissistic or otherwise disruptive, even if their behavior does not rise to the level of child abuse or neglect. Despite the personal conflicts that remain, parents have a responsibility to put the best interests of their children first.

Your divorce and its impact on your plans for your golden years

It is inevitable that your divorce will impact your financial security. You may have to make adjustments to your lifestyle and your expectations for your future, including your retirement years. While you may have to change your plans for your golden years, it is still possible to secure terms that allow you to have a financially stable future.

Planning to reschedule a child custody hearing?

When Washington parents decide to end their marriage, dealing with child custody matters can be one of the most emotionally draining tasks. Kids themselves may have a hard time with the divorce, and many parents may feel as if the system is stacked against them. These feelings of frustration can multiply if a parent learns that a child custody or child support hearing has been scheduled for an inconvenient or inaccessible place and time. Whether the parent is traveling, has an unavoidable work conflict or has moved out of state, there are many reasons why it may be difficult or impossible to attend a hearing in person on a specific day.

Divorce issues that may apply to Washington business owners

Most people who get married expect the relationship to last a lifetime. In many cases, that is exactly what happens, even if some hefty challenges are encountered along the way. In many other cases, however, marital problems give way to divorce proceedings. If a spouse preparing to divorce also happens to own a business, property division proceedings can be complex.

Military divorce: Where to seek support when complications arise

It is often challenging and difficult to balance family life and military service. U.S. military service members in Washington and beyond are not alone in the sacrifices they make because their spouses and children play key roles toward their successful service as well. Military divorce often occurs when a particular marriage is unable to withstand the strain and pressure deployment and active service place on a personal relationship.

Business owners' concerns during a divorce

Business owners in Washington should take extra care in the decisions they make when they determine it is time to divorce. Small, closely held businesses are linked intimately to the owners' finances. In many cases, these firms are marital property up for distribution as part of the asset division process. Some people may find it easy to reach a settlement, especially when one spouse is more heavily involved in the company, and the people involved are relatively prosperous outside the business. One spouse may take a greater share of real estate or retirement funds in exchange for relinquishing a claim on the company.

Avoid these child custody and visitation problems

Like many Washington residents, a lot of celebrities have gone through divorce in recent years. Child custody and visitation is always a big concern for those who have kids. In their everyday lives, celebrities encounter many of the same personal challenges thatĀ other people do, especially regarding where their children will live and whether child support is a likely factor in their new lifestyle.