There are 2 types of property division. There is community property, which means the state views all property and debts acquired during a marriage as belonging equally to both spouses. There is also separate property, meaning it belongs to one spouse or the other.
How Education Affects Divorce Rates
Education is a big part of most people’s lives. And at least one person believes education impacts divorce and divorce rates.
Contested Vs. Uncontested Divorce
What are the primary differences between a contested and an uncontested divorce and which category does your case fit into?
Divorce Or Bankruptcy: What To File First
Divorce or bankruptcy, which should you file first? Every situation is different, and there are many variables, but here’s what to consider.
Right Of First Refusal In Divorce And Custody
When it comes to child custody, what is a right of first refusal, and how does it impact how much time you spend with your kids?
You’ve Been Served Divorce Papers, Now What?
What happens when your spouse serves you with divorce papers? It comes with a lot of questions. How do you respond? What do you do next?
What are the Odds of Getting Primary Custody?
The law is neutral as written, but the common perception is that they favor mothers in custody cases. So what are a father’s odds of getting full custody?
Is There A Benefit To Filing for Divorce First?
People are quick to offer advice about divorce, and one frequently shared tidbit is that you need to file for divorce first. But do you really?
What Are My Custody Rights If I Was In Prison?
Child custody cases can be complicated. Courts consider many factors when making this decision. But what are your custody rights if you have been in prison?
How Does Legal Marijuana Affect Child Custody?
Though marijuana use in Washington State is now legal, it carries a stigma, and, like it or not, can still impact child custody cases. Here’s how.
Child Support Spending Accountability
Can you get an itemized breakdown of what your child support payments actually cover every month? How do you go about ensuring child support accountability?
Sweat Equity In Divorce Settlements
Sweat equity can increase the value of shared assets, which often impacts divorce settlements.
How To Dress For Court
Right or wrong, many people look at you and immediately judge your appearance, which is why how you dress for court is so important to your case.
Should You Sign A Joinder In Divorce?
In a divorce, the two parties are the petitioner and the respondent. If the two sides agree to the terms, the respondent can sign a joinder.
Does Washington State Have Common-Law Marriage?
The short answer is no, Washington doesn’t allow common-law marriage. As usual, however, the real answer is more complicated.
How Legal Separation Differs From Divorce
Divorce isn’t the only way to end a marriage. In certain cases, legal separation is an option. Here’s what to know about the differences and similarities.
Dividing A House In Divorce
How do you divvy up the house during a divorce? We look at the steps for valuing your home and how courts may split the asset.
Is Washington A No-Fault Divorce State?
It’s the stuff movie melodrama: trapped in a loveless marriage, your spouse doesn’t want to divorce. But don’t worry Washington is a no-fault divorce state.
Are Divorce Records Public In Washington State?
Are divorce records public? How do you acquire them? And how easy is the process? We answer these questions and others below.
Child Support Modification: How To Change A Support Order
Like trying to alter most court-issued decrees, child support modification in Washington isn’t particularly easy, but it is possible.
Ways People Damage Their Own Divorce Cases
People often do things that damage their own divorce cases. Common issues include: Filing before they’re ready. Agreeing to unfavorable terms. Taking bad advice. Moving out without considering the ramifications, and more.
My Ex Refuses To Cooperate
When spouses work together, it streamlines the divorce process. On the other hand, when they refuse to engage and drag their feet at every turn…
Awesome Dad Movies For Any Holiday
We like watching movies with dad, and we’ve compiled a list of great films to watch on Father’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, or just because.
Who Pays Support If Your Wife Has Another Man’s Baby?
Child support is a big issue in divorces, but what if your ex has another man’s baby? Who’s responsible for the kid then?
Can You Annul A Marriage In Washington?
So you got drunk in Vegas and woke up married, what do you do? Is annulment an option? If so, how do you proceed with the process?
Annulments can be confusing and the act of needing one can be stressful. You might have questions you need answered and the starting point can be unclear.
To start, while the word annulment is commonly used, the legal term in Washington is declaration of invalidity. As the name implies, this petition declares a marriage or domestic partnership invalid.
Life Insurance And Divorce: What To Know
Life insurance policies can be one of the more delicate knots to untie in divorce and oftentimes get overlooked when ending a marriage.
How to Deal With Your Ex at Special Events
If you and your ex have kids, you’re going to run into them at games, plays, and other events. It’s important to keep yourself in check in these cases.
Can Child Support Payments Continue Past 18?
In general, child support ends when the child in question turns 18 or finishes high school. That’s not always the case, however, and here are three cases where child support past 18 continues.
Divorce After A Brief Marriage
As a rule, the longer the marriage, the more complex the divorce. The other side of that coin is in shorter marriages, divorce can be relatively simple.
Types Of Custody: What Is Joint Custody?
Sometimes referred to as shared custody, the courts award parental rights and responsibilities to both parents. This means they share the duties of raising their child.
Will Courts Split Custody and Separate Siblings?
Divorce throws a child’s world into upheaval, but what about cases of split custody? Will the court really separate siblings?
Scary Divorce Fact Or Urban Legend?
There’s a lot of information floating around, but how can you differentiate between an urban legend and a scary divorce fact?
Can Your Ex Keep Your Child From Playing Sports?
Sports are important to a lot of kids, but can your ex step in and stop your child from playing sports or participating in other activities?
When To Hire A Divorce Lawyer
Deciding to end a marriage is a huge choice, and knowing whether or not to hire a divorce lawyer can have a massive impact on the outcome.
When Is The Best Time To Divorce?
When it comes to ending a marriage, timing is everything. Here’s what to consider when determining the best time to divorce.
How Discovery Works In Divorce Cases
A great deal of information changes hands during the divorce process. Discovery is the tool through which this happens. Here’s how it works.
Back to School Tips For Divorced Dads
Going back to school can be a hectic, stressful time for kids. But divorced dads feel it, too. Here are some useful hints to help you both out.
What Jobs Have The Highest Divorce Rates?
Jobs and employment status often play a big part in divorce. But what jobs have the highest divorce rates? And which jobs have the lowest divorce rates?
How Social Media Impacts Marriage And Divorce
Because social media has such an impact, it makes sense that it plays a role in our marriages. And often times that also means it plays a role in divorce.
Divorce in Washington: How Long Does It Take?
The minimum amount of time a divorce takes is 90 days, but many factors can make it take much longer.
Passports, Custody, and International Travel
Your ex planning to take the kids out of the country can be a scary proposition. Knowing your rights and legal options will help put your mind at ease.
Signs They May Be Hiding Assets During Divorce
Your ex may be tempted to hide assets during the divorce. Here are some signs this may be going on. These don’t automatically mean that’s the case, but if you see one or more of these, it might be worth closer examination.
How To File For Divorce in Washington State
The process of divorce sounds complex and scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how to file for divorce in Washington state.
What’s In A Washington State Parenting Plan?
What does a parenting plan include? After a divorce, this document lays out all of the custody, residential time, and visitation regarding your children.
Divorce Mediation, How Does It Work?
Ending a marriage usually evokes images of court, but there are other options. Divorce mediation is a common, effective option.
Pet Custody Laws in Washington State?
Many of us consider pets part of the family, but how does the law view them in divorce?
How To Ask For Divorce
You’ve tried everything you can to fix your broken marriage, but nothing works. It’s time. But there’s one looming question: how do I ask for divorce?
Breaking Down Divorce Rates By Generation
Different generations have different traits. Obviously. But how each age group views marriage and divorce tells us a lot about them.
Washington State: How To Split Debt In Divorce
The division of property plays a big role when it comes to ending a marriage, but it’s also important to know how courts treat shared debt in divorce.
Washington State Guardian Ad Litem: What To Know
In divorce and custody suits, a guardian ad litem may come in to look after the best interest of any children involved. Here’s what you need to be aware of.