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November 2019 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.