“If I get a legal separation, will that protect my credit score?”
In this installment of Life Coach with Danny Bonaduce, managing partner Rick Jones tackled some tough questions from men looking for answers. The first caller needed advice on getting a legal separation. His question for Rick: “My wife and I are splitting up and we aren’t ready to divorce, will getting a legal separation protect my credit score.”
Rick’s answer was, “The easy answer is yes for anything going forward.” He elaborated saying, “The problem is many people don’t realize a legal separation isn’t an easy process. You still have to divide up property, assets and liabilities in a permanent way the same as you would in a divorce."
A legal separation often takes the same amount of work as a divorce. The difference is that after the legal separation is final you are still married.
Danny inquired if the caller would benefit from a legal separation to protect his assets. Rick clarified that a legal separation will protect the caller’s interests moving forward, but won’t affect already existing marital assets. This means that if the caller does get a legal separation, his wife would not be entitled to any purchases or assets acquired after the separation is finalized. A legal separation would also protect the caller from being responsible for any debt that his wife might incur down the road.
The next caller was looking for more information about child support and paying for college.
“My son is 18 and getting ready to go to college, am I required to pay for half of his college?”
Rick confirmed that the caller had a support order already in place and explained that there should be a section that addresses post secondary support. Most support orders have language that says the issue of post secondary support is reserved and that either party can raise the issue prior to the termination of child support. In Washington State, child support usually ends when the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later.
You can hear all of Rick’s advice about divorce, legal separation, custody and other family law issues, in the clip below. If you have questions regarding your rights as a husband or father, please give us a call. (206) 448-1010
The divorce decision has been looming on the horizon for quite some time. You and your wife have worked hard to sort things out. Maybe you have gone to couples counseling and tried everything you can think of to salvage your marriage. With all your effort the relationship is still beyond repair — you have decided to dissolve the marriage. Before you ask for a divorce or file any legal paperwork it is in your best interest to meet with a divorce attorney to develop a strategy for navigating the road to divorce.
Some areas that your family law attorney will address include:
- Child custody
- Moving out
- Organizing your finances
If you have children, you are probably concerned about protecting your relationship with them. Through your divorce, the courts will evaluate the depth and strength of your paternal bond. Your level of daily involvement with your child is paramount in the custody decision. Being present and involved has a plethora of benefits, with the greatest benefit being: it will make you a better parent.
Moving out can create a host of variables that can potentially affect the outcome of your case. Before you finalize your decision to divorce, it is imperative to discuss how vacating your home will impact your case. For some people moving out immediately is the best course of action, for others staying in the home proves to be more favorable. There is no blanket rule to cover all situations and speaking with a family law attorney experienced in divorce will provide you with answers on how you should proceed.
Organizing your finances
Divorce can cause financial strain and in some circumstances financial hardship. Assessing your finances, assets and debts early in the divorce decision process can help to minimize some of the financial impact. Having an inventory of all shared and independent accounts, insurance policies, real-estate holdings, stocks, bonds, and other investments will help you work with your attorney to create a financial strategy.
These are just a few of the topics that your family law attorney will cover in an initial consultation. The Divorce decision is a difficult choice that requires a clear course of action, but you don’t have to try and figure out the details on your own. Having a dedicated divorce attorney to advise and advocate for you will make sure your divorce is handled with the commitment and precision it deserves.
Goldberg Jones is proud to have added another attorney to our Washington office. Natalie Rasmussen is a competitive, strategic litigator who understands that a person going through a divorce or other family law situation needs a dedicated advocate on their side. She has successfully negotiated settlements in numerous domestic relations cases and has extensive experience both in Seattle family law and civil litigation.
"I emphasize strategy and planning in my practice and do not employ a one-size-fits-all ideology to family law," says Natalie. She prides herself on having a well-reasoned and intelligent approach to her cases.
"Behind Natalie's friendly, outgoing demeanor is an attorney who hates to lose," remarks managing attorney, Ken Alan. "She is always extremely well prepared, whether she is negotiating with another attorney, or arguing her case in court."
Natalie graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Law Trustee's Scholarship. She is member of the Washington State Bar and admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Natalie was an NCAA Division I track and cross-country athlete at the University of Tulsa where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Aside from her daily runs, she also enjoys hiking, skiing, boating and generally spending time outdoors.
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