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Does Divorce Cause Big Families?

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Divorce changes family dynamics, relationships, living situations, and more. It’s also apparently leading to significantly larger families. With the holidays all too fresh in your mind, you may still be recovering from trying to schedule festivities with new in-laws, stepchildren, kids who live with their other parent, and more. It’s …

Welcome Seattle Attorney Tonya Meehan

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Goldberg Jones would like to take this opportunity to welcome Tonya Meehan to our Seattle team! An experienced, knowledgeable family law practitioner, Tonya Meehan is a strong advocate for her clients and a valuable new addition to the Goldberg Jones family. With more than 15 years of experience, Tonya will …

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How Education Impacts Divorce

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Education forms a big part or most people’s lives in the United States. We go through a decade-plus of compulsory schooling, then a substantial majority opt for college. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2016, 69.7% of high school graduates enrolled in colleges or universities. And …

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No Fault Divorce in WA State

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Divorce often represents a time of great difficulty. You have emotional turmoil to contend with, practical and logistical concerns, and with forms, attorneys, and appearances, the process gets incredibly complex. Any number of factors can further complicate matters. One such snag is when you want to end your marriage, but the …

6 Best Ways To Celebrate Divorce

6 Best Ways To Celebrate Divorce

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Not every divorce turns into a knock-down-drag-out brawl between spouses. Still, even in the best cases, they’re often tense, stressful, emotional times. Afterward, you may need to blow off some steam or just take a deep breath and relax. People love an excuse to party, whether it’s a promotion at …

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Does Washington Have Common-Law Marriage?

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While relationships are complicated, marriage is generally a black and white prospect: you either are or you aren’t. You’re not likely to forget a wedding, however big or small, right? The term ‘common-law marriage’ gets thrown around when it comes to long-term relationships. One question that comes up is: does …

Life Coach w/ Danny Bonaduce: June

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Listen to the latest edition of Danny Bonaduce: Life Coach on the Danny Bonaduce & Sarah Morning Show. In this episode of Life Coach, Rick and Danny tackle some tough questions. 1:02 – “When my son turns 18, will child support remain in effect? 3:43 – I have no property …

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Best Time To Divorce?

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Ending a marriage doesn’t happen overnight. The relationship itself didn’t likely just stop one day, it probably deteriorated over a long period. In a similar vein, you can’t snap your fingers and divorce in an instant. Divorce is a process. If often takes months, or longer, and the question of …

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Divorce And Inheritance

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The division of property is a major part of the process in many divorces. Splitting up assets has a huge influence on your financial state moving forward, so it makes sense to spend time and energy here. When preparing to dissolve a marriage, people often wonder how divorce impacts inheritance. …

UPDATED: How Alimony Works In Washington

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UPDATE: The tax plan Congress passed at the end of 2017 will impact divorce settlements, specifically those involving spousal support. After January 1, 2019, on new court orders that include spousal support provisions, the party paying spousal support will no longer be able to deduct this amount. At the same …

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About Abuse Allegations In Divorce

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Divorce often devolves into heated, contentious screaming between bitter, angry spouses, and mudslinging happens frequently. Husbands and wives lob all sorts of accusations at one another, both those founded in reality and those completely fabricated. Adultery, neglect, even theft often get tossed around. The most heinous are abuse allegations, and …

Are Divorce Records Public?

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Once question that comes up frequently is: are divorce records available to the public? The short answer is yes, yes they are. And the question that often follows is: how do you go about finding divorce records? Like many varieties of documents, divorce records like divorce decrees and divorce certificates …

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Should I Sign A Joinder?

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Most people think of divorce as an antagonistic process. TV and movies have pounded the image of a husband and wife bickering back and forth, arguing about every last detail, into our collective mind. It’s true, divorce can be mean, nasty, and riddled with conflict. But that isn’t always the …

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How Social Media Impacts Marriage And Divorce

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Social media has become a regular, everyday part of life. We give updates about our families on Facebook, provide running Twitter commentary on the kids’ sporting events, and share photos of romantic getaways on Instagram. Because social media has such an impact, it makes sense that it plays a role …

Divorce Or Bankruptcy: What To File First

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Debt is an unfortunate part of many of our lives. And in our marriages. Loans, credit card charges, medical bills, and more add up quickly, and before long, we’re struggling to stay afloat. In many cases, filing for bankruptcy is the best available option. But how does it impact divorce? …

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Is Arbitration The Right Choice?

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Going to court during divorce is stressful, hectic, expensive, and a variety of other things. There are other options for ending a marriage out there, however. One many couples opt for is arbitration. It can be complicated and may not fit every situation, but it may be right for your …

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11 Divorce Strategies To Know Before Filing

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The divorce process can be daunting. It can be a long, complicated affair. With a massive impact on your life moving forward, being prepared is in your best interest. Strategies To Know Beforehand Having strategies in place to deal with divorce and all the things that accompany it will be …

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How You Dress For Court Is Important

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When you think about a courtroom, you likely picture a fairly formal setting. Men generally wear suits and ties. Women usually wear modest, conservative outfits. A great deal of thought and effort goes into selecting this attire because how you dress for court is very important. Judges, juries, opposing counsel, …

8 Surprising Divorce Statistics

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Thousands of marriages end every day. Roughly 50% of all marriages in the United States result in divorce. Those numbers get even bigger when it comes to second and third marriages. And this is even as divorce rates have steadily declined across a majority of age groups since the late …

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Divorce Decree: What You Need To Know

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Divorce can be a long, arduous process. You and your now ex may have spent months going back and forth, painstakingly untangling your shared lives, dealing with legal and logistical hurdles, and preparing to move forward. At the end of it all, once everything is said and done, you walk …

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When To Hire A Divorce Lawyer

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Even if we love and care about another person, relationships don’t always work out and can end for a variety of reasons. In the midst of a crumbling relationship, it can be hard to recognize problems for what they are. Ending a marriage becomes even trickier, and the question of …

Kaley Cuoco’s Divorce & Prenuptial Agreements

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On the surface, prenuptial agreements are fairly straightforward. You and your future spouse figure out who gets what in the case of divorce. Done. Kaley Cuoco, star of the popular CBS sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, recently finalized her split from husband Ryan Sweeting, a former professional tennis player, and …

High Asset Divorce: 6 Mistakes That Can Cost You

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No matter the specifics, divorce can be costly, both financially and emotionally. When it comes to the settlement, there is a great deal on the line. Your long-term financial well-being and economic interests may very well hang in the balance. Common Mistakes in High Asset Divorce With a large, complicated …

How To File For Divorce in WA

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When most of you think of divorce, you probably imagine dramatic courtroom scenes from movies, bitter spouses fighting over kids and cars and every last detail, and a long, drawn-out process.  While reality can certainly resemble this on occasion, at a base level, filing for divorce in Washington isn’t as …

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How Major Purchases Can Hurt Your Divorce

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Divorce can be intricate and tricky, especially in regards to the division of property. Different states handle this part of the process in different manners. How Does Washington Handle Assets When it comes to breaking up assets, Washington, for example, is a community property state, where resources, or debts, are …

No-Fault Divorce: What It Means For Your Case

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Marriages end for a variety of reasons. There can be infidelity, abuse, mistrust, financial issues, and much more. The list of causes of divorce is practically endless. That doesn’t mean, however, that there is always someone at fault. Sometimes two people grow apart and evolve in different, incompatible directions. Or …