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Surviving Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is upon us. Though it’s traditionally full of family, friends, and other loved ones, this time of year is often tough for newly divorced dads. You may feel alone, especially if you don’t have your kids for the holiday. But there are ways to cope and survive what can be a difficult time. Most …

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Child Custody Hearings

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Child custody battles tend to become heated and contentious. Emotions run high, parents often drag each other through the mud, and it’s generally a harrowing experience. This all makes sense: we love our kids and want them to be part of our lives. But what do you need to know about actual child custody hearings? …

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Can Ex Keep Your Child From Sports?

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Kids these days are more active than ever before. Between school and various extracurricular activities, it’s amazing how busy and cluttered children’s schedules become. These are vital outlets for exercise, socialization, and plain old fun. Sports frequently form a large piece of this puzzle. Often these pursuits are so important they wind up as part …

Right Of First Refusal

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When it comes to child custody cases, the right of first refusal is a provision that impacts the time noncustodial parents spend with their children. It allows a parent to capitalize on opportunities to look after the kids. In some cases, it helps one parent increase their the one-on-one time they have with their children. …

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When Your Ex Denies Visitation

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Child custody battles are often an unfortunate part of divorce. Parents jockey back and forth about parenting time and who sees the kids how much. And that’s one of biggest changes that comes with ending a marriage. You may go from seeing your kids every day to once every few weeks depending on the parenting …

Do’s & Don’ts To Protect Visitation

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One of the most harrowing parts of many divorces is the fight for child custody and visitation. The prospect of not being a part of their children’s lives, or at least having a diminished presence, terrifies many parents. Numerous factors play into the court’s decision on child custody and visitation. It’s important to put your …

Mistakes That Hurt Child Custody

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Legal matters tend to be complicated. It’s easy to get lost or even just miss a small detail along the way. This happens all the time in divorce and family law cases. One area where slip-ups can be especially costly is in child custody disputes. Too often, blunders or errors in judgment have huge ramifications. …

Will Courts Separate Siblings?

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It’s traumatic and painful when a couple breaks up, but when they’re parents, it’s often downright devastating for the kids. Divorce throws a child’s world in upheaval, and almost every aspect of their lives shifts with one fell swoop. The end of a marriage often comes with a move, a change in living situation, and …

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Can My Ex Relocate w/ the Kids?

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In most situations, divorce represents a titanic life change, one with lasting repercussions. A traumatic experience, after ending a marriage, many people want to get as far away as possible. If it’s just you, that’s simple enough. But when there are kids involved, it complicates matters. An issue that often arises is what to do …

Can Non-Biological Parents Win Custody?

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When you think of a family, your mind probably conjures up images of a mother, a father, a couple of kids, and that sort of thing. But families come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations. With a divorce rate estimated to be between 40% and 50%, and a rising remarriage rate (one recent study indicates …

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Can Fathers Win Custody In Washington?

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Whether it’s right or wrong, there is a public perception when it comes to divorce and child custody, that wives, mothers, and women always have the upper hand. Proponents of this stance throw around all manner of statistics and expert opinions on the topic. On a practical level, many men feel that they are at …

Guardian Ad Litem: What You Need To Know

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As you already know, divorce is a tricky business. Emotions run high, tempers can flare, and the situation is further heightened when minor children are thrown into the mix. In custody cases, whether the parents are married or not, and where both sides have, perhaps, lost sight of the well-being of the kids caught in …

Can She Move Away With the Kids?

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Ahhhhh, custody issues. Could anything be more aggravating? It’s been our experience that the majority of people seeking divorce are initially focussing on their unhappiness with their relationship and not drilling down into the more granular aspects of the journey they’re about to embark on. Luckily, that’s why we write these posts. Life is easier …

Custody, Parenting Plans, and Jursidiction

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In this episode of Life Coach with Sarah and Danny Bonaduce, Seattle divorce attorney Rick Jones gives the four-one-one on custody, jurisdiction, enforcing a parenting plan, and meretricious relationships. The show’s first caller had some concerns about custody and wanted to know what the next steps would be for getting a custody order. Three months …

How do I Protect My Rights?

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Losing custody and visitation can be a frightening prospect for fathers facing divorce and custody issues. Every case is unique, but there are some basic do’s and don’ts for protecting the priceless relationship between you and your child. Don’t move out Remaining in the home until a parenting plan has been created is extremely important. …

Custody of a Non-biological Child

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Managing partner, Rick Jones, stopped by KZOK to provide divorce and family law answers on “Life Coach with Danny Bonaduce”. This episode presented an eclectic collection of questions with topics ranging from getting custody of a non-biological child (also called 3rd party custody) to investigations by Child Protective Services. Because Goldberg Jones focuses its practice …

Cigarettes Can Affect Your Custody Case

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According to the Center for Disease Control and estimated 43.8 million Americans (19 % of adults over 18) smoke cigarettes.  This number indicates a declining trend in smoking, but illustrates that the practice is not uncommon. Those 43.8 million people may be at a disadvantage if they ever find themselves in the throes of a …

Divorce for Men Radio —Episode 5: Paternity

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Michael Jordan was in the news a few months ago—but it wasn’t about his wedding, basketball, or even baseball. Jordan has been making headlines because of a paternity claim. Pamela Smith has alleged that basketball legend, Michael Jordan, is the father of her 16 year old son. In a recent episode of Divorce for Men …

Holiday Custody

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Managing your custody holiday schedule Peace, joy and celebration are the hallmarks of the holiday season. The stretch between Thanksgiving and the New Year can be filled with happiness and goodwill. But for parents with shared custody, the holidays are often filled with copious amounts of stress, disputes over visitation and conflict. As Washington divorce …

Legalized Marijuana

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Legalized marijuana in Washington State In Washington State, Initiative 502 passed legalizing recreational use of marijuana and has been hailed a victory by supporters. But before you start stocking up on munchies and Google-ing for a retail outlet near you, there are a few facts you should consider about legalized marijuana. Initiative 502 won’t go …

Divorce for Men Radio – relocating

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Episode 2 – What happens when Mom is relocating? For fathers in Washington State, relocation can be a challenging issue. Under the current statute, relocation by the primary parent often means relocation of the children. This can be disheartening for fathers wanting to remain active in their children’s lives. In the latest episode of Divorce …

Parental Alienation

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  A Google search on Parental Alienation will quickly reveal the heated debate that has erupted around the proposed addition of Parental Alienation Syndrome to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health.  Both sides of the debate are hot under the collar to defend their stance, as is evident in the comment section under …

Joint custody, what is it?

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Joint custody and other child custody terms If you are battling for sole or joint custody of children, you have probably heard numerous custody terms being used. There is a wide variety of custody arrangements that can be made and understanding those options is helpful in navigating the process of determining custody of children. In addition, …

Paternal Grandparents

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Staying Connected The role of grandparents post divorce can be an important element in smoothing the transition into a new definition of family for children. While there is a wide range of involvement and roles grandparents can play, a positive relationship between grandchild and grandparent can provide support and stability that is essential for children …

Contempt of Parenting Plan

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Protecting Your Parenting Plan In the latest installment of Life Coach with Danny Bonaduce, Rick Jones fields a question from a caller, Joe, with an ex that is in contempt of their parenting plan. Joe has been divorced since 2009, and has an existing parenting plan. His ex keeps breaking the parenting plan; Joe is …

Marijuana and Custody

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Initiative 502 seeks to legalize marijuana and will be on November’s ballot. This initiative for marijuana legalization has spawned heated debates about how legalization will impact the state of Washington. While it is impossible to decipher how Initiative 502 will directly impact child custody in the future —we can give some insight into how legal …

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Creating a Divorce Strategy

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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 …

Can my ex relocate w/ my daughter?

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During Tuesday’s appearance on Danny Bonaduce’s Life Coach, Rick answered questions from callers regarding divorce and custody issues in Seattle. One call in particular stood out. It highlighted the importance of developing and negotiating a comprehensive parenting plan from the onset of filing your divorce in Seattle. Here is what the caller had to say: …

Ways to prepare for a Consultation

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You are considering divorce, or perhaps you have already made the decision to divorce.  Either way, you are most likely facing difficult challenges and a great deal of stress in your personal life. Meeting with a family law attorney might feel intimidating and overwhelming during this difficult time —but it is an essential step when facing …

Valentine’s Day & Child Custody

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Rick Jones and Danny Bonaduce were in rare form on Valentine’s Day as they talked about divorce and family law in Seattle.  They took calls from around the Puget Sound and answered questions about back child support, the likelihood of joint custody, and separating property during a divorce. Listen to the whole episode below:   Ironically, we …

Tacoma Dad Calls Radio to Praise Us!

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As you can imagine, working with men who are facing a divorce has its ups and downs. It can be difficult to support men as they face challenging situations, such as moving out, battling for custody, false allegations of abuse, etc. Nevertheless, we do it because we believe we are doing some good and because …

Why do Divorced Parents Fight over Christmas?

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For divorced couples, the end of the year brings not just the thrill of the holidays but also the dread of custody disputes. As divorce lawyers, we consistently see an increase in the number of calls from dads who are fighting to see their kids during the holidays. It is during these battles that ex-spouses …

How Can I Obtain Custody of My Child?

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Obtaining custody of your child is a complicated affair and one best left in the hands of a family law attorney. The timing, route, and cost of the proceeding depends heavily on the fact surrounding your case, where you child is located, and the laws of the state where you are bringing the legal action. …