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December 2019 Archives

Taking steps to improve your divorce outcome

If you are heading toward divorce, you can probably look back over your marriage and recognize many mistakes. Whether you take responsibility for the end of your marriage or you lay the blame squarely on your spouse's shoulders, you can probably admit there are things you would do differently if you had the chance, perhaps beginning with the first day you met your spouse.

Tips for discussing a prenuptial agreement

When a couple in Washington decides to get married, they may want a prenuptial agreement. Even if a couple is simply planning on living together, a cohabitation agreement can help facilitate conversation and set expectations. It is important that both individuals have input into the agreement and are happy with it.

Divorce definitely has financial implications. Keep this in mind

Before 2019 ends and into the first weeks of the new year, many Washington spouses will file petitions in a family court to dissolve their marriages. Why each spouse has decided to divorce is likely to vary. However, many spouse can relate to others' experiences. In fact, they often share similar concerns as well, such as what their financial situation will be when they re-enter a single lifestyle.

Why and how to create a prenuptial agreement

Washington couples who are planning to get married may also want to consider a prenuptial agreement. A prenup lays out a plan for how property will be divided in case of a divorce. Even couples who are not getting a prenup may want to visit a financial planner or a legal professional to find out how marriage will affect their ownership of property and how it will be divided if the marriage does not last.

A Washington divorce follows community property guidelines

Most states across the country operate under equitable property division guidelines when married couples decide to end their marriages. Divorce can be complex, and may cause tempers to flare if spouses disagree about who owns what or how assets and liabilities should be split between them. Washington operates under community property rules, which means the court views marital assets as jointly owned and debts as jointly shared.

Divorce: Custody litigation isn't always about children

It is a busy time of year. In addition to planning for the holidays, some people are also planning to file family court petitions. Before 2019 comes to an end, many Washington married couples will set the wheels in motion to divorce. Those who do will no doubt have numerous issues to resolve, often including finding fair and agreeable solutions regarding custody.

How to prepare for supervised visitation sessions

Judges may order supervised visitation whenever they believe a child could be in danger while alone with a parent. While it may be frustrating for parents to have limited contact with their children, it is important that they make the most of each visit. Parents are encouraged to memorize the visitation schedule as well as any restrictions that are in place while the visits occur. They are also encouraged to follow the schedule as closely as possible.

Holiday stress and the decision to file for divorce

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the holidays? Are you experiencing stress over money or other financial matters during this time of year? If you are struggling during this season, you are not alone. In fact, the holiday season is actually a common time for many people to decide they want to move forward with divorce.

A collaborative divorce is less stressful and can save money

A common reason why some Washington couples find themselves in family court working through a divorce is an acknowledged lack of communication. Perhaps it's too much to expect that a couple who could not get along during marriage will suddenly find the magic formula to be able to discuss and resolve areas of disagreement, but that's exactly what a collaborative divorce requires. If the two can put aside their differences long enough to look at the bigger picture, they may find that there are immediate and significant advantages.

Divorce: What about introducing children to new partners?

Parents typically have many issues to resolve when they decide to end their marital relationships. Divorce is definitely a major, life-changing event that has a significant impact on children. In addition to the normal topics, such as custody, visitation and child support, Washington parents will also want to discuss the more personal aspects of the future, including how they will handle their children's introductions to new romantic partners.

Check your custody order before traveling with the kids

No matter how long you have been in the United States, you may still enjoy returning to your home country to visit family, especially during the holidays. Perhaps you and your spouse took this trip on numerous occasions, eventually bringing the children along. It may have seemed like an adventure to all involved, and you likely enjoyed sharing this part of your past with the most important people in your life.