Washington residents may be interested in a story concerning a movement in many states to enact legislation that would mandate shared custody between divorced parents. While many support these laws, others feel that they would limit courts and do a disservice to parents.
Jewish women in Washington state may want to heed the lessons learned by a woman who was legally, but not religiously, divorced from her ex-husband, a devout Orthodox Jew. To avoid her situation, divorce mediation is suggested. They did not enter such a process, however, and two years after the courts dissolved their marriage, her ex-husband had not provided her what is called a "get," a religious divorce in the Orthodox community. Without that get, she was not permitted to date or remarry within her religious group. According to a recent report, her situation was not unique.
Some professionals in the field of family law have reported a trend towards less acrimonious divorces. They state that there is a growing group of ex-spouses who remain friends and deeply involved in each others lives. Couples with children appear to be especially likely to have a more amicable divorce and a friendly relationship afterward.
Washington spouses going through a divorce who wish to make the process less adversarial may want to consider a more collaborative option. Divorce mediation can provide a channel for divorcing spouses to preserve greater financial stability with less conflict.
Washington residents who are preparing to divorce may be wondering how to decide who will get to keep the family pet. While most pet owners consider their creatures to be as beloved as children, historically, the law has not treated them as such. Unlike child custody issues, pet disputes typically are not referred to mediation. When judges were asked to decide the fate of a pet, the usual practice was to treat it as a piece of property.
Divorce can be stressful on everyone involved. Couples going through a divorce in Washington and elsewhere know that the lives of their loved ones can be affected as well as their own. Children can often suffer the most. However, there may be steps they can take to minimize some of the financial strain and emotional stress that can result from lengthy and contentious litigation.
According to industry experts, the number of divorce filings are on the rise nationwide, including here in Washington. But what changed in the last few years to start this revolution and is are there alternatives for couples who may want separation without the financial burden?