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May 2020 Archives

As a grandparent, is it possible to get custody of the grandkids?

You have a very special relationship with your grandchildren. You love them, support them and you try to maintain an active role in their lives. In some cases, you may feel like it is your duty to take care of them all of the time, and that may mean trying to seek custody. This can be a very difficult undertaking for adults who are not the biological parents of the kids. 

Issues that may lead to divorce in Washington and beyond

When two people in Washington decide to get married, they undoubtedly expect their relationship to last a lifetime. While the overall divorce rate has declined in the United States in recent years, there are numerous issues that are often key factors in decisions to end a marriage. No matter what specific reasons may lead to a split in a particular case, the stronger of a support network built from the start, the less stressful proceedings might be.

The warning signs of parental abduction

You've heard of bitter divorces, but absolutely nothing prepared you for how bad your own divorce would be. Your spouse's reaction was unlike anything you'd ever seen before. At this point, you're no longer sure you ever knew your spouse at all -- and you definitely don't know how far they're willing to go just to hurt you.

What you need to know about relocation after divorce

If you're a parent who is preparing for divorce, there are several Washington laws that may have significant impact on your child custody agreement. For instance, have you thought about relocation? It's never a good idea to assume that you can pick up and go where you like with your kids after you settle your divorce.

Should you consider divorce mediation?

Divorce is a difficult and emotionally challenging process. Even when two parties are amicable, it is not easy to resolve disputes and come to a reasonable agreement. You may want to avoid court, yet you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse may still have certain issues to work through. In this case, you may consider the benefits of divorce mediation. 

Military divorce: Special rules may apply

In many ways, military families are just like civilian families. In some ways, however, service members, their spouses and children often face particular challenges that arise because of deployment, relocation or other military issues that the average civilian family in Washington or elsewhere may not encounter. When it comes to military divorce, certain regulations or state laws may apply that govern proceedings.

What custody interference is

Not all relationships and marriages end on good terms. Former couples may continue to have disagreements with each other even after their relationship has ended. The hostilities may be particularly elevated if kids are involved. This may especially be the case if one parent tries to prevent the other from gaining access to their children.

How are pet issues resolved in a Washington divorce?

It is not at all unusual for Washington married couples to encounter challenges in their relationships that they do not feel they can overcome. In such situations, filing for divorce is a common solution. Doing so typically prompts a decision-making process, involving issues such as where children will live (if a couple has kids), whether the marital house will be sold, as well as whether a parent will pay child support.

The Effects of Stay at Home Orders on Court Ordered Parenting Plans

There has been much discussion in the community about what the stay at home orders mean for people trying to adhere to parenting plans. Governor Inslee has said that the stay at home orders are not meant to interfere with following court ordered parenting plans. Furthermore, he "encourages parents who are co-parenting under a parenting plan to communicate with one another during this difficult time in order to both maintain family relationships and to protect the best interests and health of each child." However, every family has a different story and questions unique to their situation, which may not be covered by a one size fits all statement. 

Divorce can be emotionally and financially stressful

If a Washington couple wants to end their marriage, they have several decisions to make. Some agree to attend counseling sessions to try to patch things up. Others opt to file for divorce. Doing so typically set off a sequence of events, many of which can be highly stressful, especially if the couple has children.

What happens to my custody plan during a crisis?

When parents break up, their main concern is to maintain as much stability for the children as possible. Much of this stability comes with a solid parenting plan that provides structure and predictability. Knowing what to expect is important for children, especially when they may be feeling anxious following the breakup.