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5 Minute Guide To Family Mediation in Washington

5 Minute Guide To Family Mediation in Washington

If you're like most of my clients, you want an easy, private divorce process that is low-stress. The problem is you don’t know how to achieve that. Mediation is the most simple solution. Why should you work with a family mediator? Mediation is required in most...

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Collaborative Divorce: Divorce Without The Courtroom

Collaborative Divorce: Divorce Without The Courtroom

Yesterday I discussed divorce options with a new client. When we explored litigation her questions and body language made it clear she’d done her homework. However, collaborative divorce was an entirely new to concept to her. What is collaborative divorce?...

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Divorce With Pets: Cat & Dog Custody In Washington

Divorce With Pets: Cat & Dog Custody In Washington

Over two thirds of Americans take their dog to the vet more often than they visit the doctor. Almost a quarter of Americans bring their dog to work and three quarters of us have signed a greeting card for our pet. I’m guilty of the last one. Our family dog, Jake, is...

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Name Change After Divorce: WA Walkthrough To A New Name

Name Change After Divorce: WA Walkthrough To A New Name

Last week, my client arrived to finalize her divorce documents, but she couldn’t decide if she wanted to change her name. Her options were her married name, her maiden name, or Optimus Prime. We went over the name change process and she signed the forms keeping her...

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Common Law Marriage In WA: Legal Effects Of Living Together

Common Law Marriage In WA: Legal Effects Of Living Together

Ten years ago my good friend started dating a coworker with a dachshund. He liked the dog and loved the girl, so a couple years later the three of them moved in together. They’ve lived in the same house for several years now. Nowadays, it’s common for people to live...

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Budget Divorce: $50,106 In Cost Cutting Tips

Budget Divorce: $50,106 In Cost Cutting Tips

On Wednesday I took a budget divorce case with no idea where my client’s husband was. After a little coaching we agreed she’d do the detective work on her own. A few hours later she’d tracked him down for free. Of course that was just one step in the process, so can...

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Divorcing A Missing, Out Of State Or Uncooperative Spouse

Divorcing A Missing, Out Of State Or Uncooperative Spouse

Last month a client hired me to handle a simple divorce case, but her husband refused to sign the papers. We filed anyway and properly served him, but he didn’t respond. This happens more often than you’d think. Sometimes people aren’t ready to divorce and just refuse...

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Washington Annulments: Basics Of The Divorce Alternative

Washington Annulments: Basics Of The Divorce Alternative

Last week a potential client asked me a unique question. “Can’t we just pull a Kim K and get an annulment?” He'd only been married a few months and thought it would be an easy solution. The truth is, in most cases annulment isn’t an option. Even Kris Humphries...

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Legal Separation vs. Divorce: What To Choose In Washington

Legal Separation vs. Divorce: What To Choose In Washington

Last week I spoke to a worried client who isn’t sure what she will do about health insurance after divorce. She wanted to know if legal separation would be better than divorce for her. So is legal separation better than divorce in some cases? Depending on your...

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Do It Yourself Divorce In Washington: The Essential Guide

Do It Yourself Divorce In Washington: The Essential Guide

If you’re wondering if you can file a do it yourself divorce in Washington, you have come to the right place. As a Washington attorney, I’ve seen DIY divorce firsthand and have a clear answer for you. So the question is, can you file your own divorce in Washington?...

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Washington Uncontested Divorce: A Client Friendly Guide

Washington Uncontested Divorce: A Client Friendly Guide

The other day I met with a potential client and we discussed the benefits of Washington uncontested divorce. In her case and most likely in yours, an uncontested divorce will save time and money. What is a Washington uncontested divorce? An uncontested divorce occurs...

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Top WA Divorce Questions New Clients Need To Ask

Top WA Divorce Questions New Clients Need To Ask

When I worked on my first divorce case I had a list of my top WA divorce questions and spent hours searching for answers. Since then, I’ve kept track of the most common divorce questions and have compiled the answers below. As someone new to the divorce process you’ll...

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Filing For Guardianship In WA: Steps To Protect Your Family

Filing For Guardianship In WA: Steps To Protect Your Family

This past week I prepared pro se divorce forms for the mother of an adult with special needs. After completing the divorce she plans to file for guardianship of her 22-year-old son. She doesn't have a lot of extra money for legal services, so she asked if she can file...

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Divorce By Mail In Washington State: The Ultimate Guide

Divorce By Mail In Washington State: The Ultimate Guide

If you’re getting divorced, a divorce by mail in Washington is an option you should consider. Why would I divorce by mail? Not only is it a low cost divorce choice, but also it can be a huge time saver. Divorce by mail lets you skip court appearances, family law...

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Cost Of Divorce In WA: Predicting How Much You’ll Pay

Cost Of Divorce In WA: Predicting How Much You’ll Pay

If you study the cost of divorce in Seattle there is a clear trend between cost and conflict. The more issues that need to be resolved by an attorney or judge, the more expensive the divorce becomes. While the exact price of any divorce is unpredictable, it is...

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Washington Child Support: How Much & How Long Will I Pay?

Washington Child Support: How Much & How Long Will I Pay?

If you're having trouble understanding child support in Washington you've come to the right place. Once you understand the basics, it is fairly easy to understand and one of the most transparent pieces of the divorce process. In short, your child support payments are...

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Divorce Tax Return Q&A: Tips To Simplify Tax Season

Divorce Tax Return Q&A: Tips To Simplify Tax Season

Much like winter in Westeros, Tax Day is coming. If you’re divorcing or recently divorced don’t let April 15 stress you out. Here are the top six tax questions related to divorce and the advice you need to ace your post divorce tax return. Which filing status should I...

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Washington Parenting Plan Fundamentals: How To Draft Yours

Washington Parenting Plan Fundamentals: How To Draft Yours

During a divorce, I often see couples agree on how to divide the house, the cars, and the retirement funds, but get stuck on one issue. They don’t know how to share time with their children, so can't agree on a parenting plan.What is a parenting plan in Washington? A...

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