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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.