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January 2020 Archives

What could be more important than child custody and visitation?

There are many important issues that must be resolved when a Washington couple decides to divorce. However, when they happen to be parents, child custody and visitation naturally takes top priority in proceedings. Children's lives often undergo significant changes when their parents divorce.

How will your living arrangements affect child custody?

Often, families are able to afford certain living accommodations and a certain lifestyle because both parents contribute an income that helps fund that lifestyle. As a result, many people see a drastic change in the way they are able to live after getting a divorce. You and your spouse may have been able to afford a relatively upscale home on your combined income, but now, you will have to downsize.

Is career success a causal factor in your divorce?

As 2020 gets underway in Washington and across the country, many married couples have already decided they no longer wish to maintain their spousal relationships. There are any number of reasons why such couples decide to divorce. For some, there appears to be a rising trend having to do with career success, especially if the successful spouse happens to be a woman.

High-asset divorce does not have to be contentious

You and many other Washington residents may have times in your life where you feel like you need to make significant changes. You could feel unsatisfied in your job, want to move to a better location and take other steps to help you feel happier and more fulfilled in life. Recently, you may have come to the decision that ending your marriage would be a step in finding more happiness.

If child custody is denied, what about visitation?

When Washington parents decide to divorce, the court ultimately either approves a parent-devised custody plan or steps in to make decisions regarding child custody and other issues if parents cannot resolve such issues themselves. While every case is unique, the court always has children's best interests in mind. In some situations, this might include ruling that the children in question would be best off living full time with one only one of their two parents. That does not mean the other parent cannot request visitation, however.

Divorce more common as the new year dawns

Some people in Washington may be prompted to file for divorce along with the turn of the year. There are a number of reasons why an increasing number of divorces are initiated at the beginning of a new year. In the first place, parents may be concerned about the effects on their children. For many families, the winter holidays are an important time. Parents are often very concerned about how the divorce will affect their children, even when both spouses are well aware that their marriage has come to an end. As a result, they may want to protect their children's holiday experience by forestalling the divorce.

Have your plans for the new year changed because of divorce?

Perhaps you didn't expect your Washington spouse to tell you that he or she was having an affair. You no doubt were also caught off-guard if the next statement your spouse made was that he or she was filing for divorce. In an instant, your whole life changed, and now, you have to figure out how to cope with these changes.