Importance Of Jurisdiction In Divorce

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So many factors can impact your divorce. There’s the emotional turmoil, the decaying relationship, and whatever factors led you to end your marriage in the first place. Just getting to that point is its own story. Divorce is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. And from that one decision come dozens more that …

Cigarettes And Divorce [Infographic]

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By now we’re all aware that cigarette smoking carries certain potential health hazards. That’s not news to anyone. You can’t even watch prime time TV without constant reminders. But it may also carry one unexpected danger, it may lead you down the road to divorce. As it turns out, quitting may not just save your …

Welcome Divorce Attorney Kristen F. Barnhart

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Goldberg Jones would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest member of our Seattle family: Kristen F. Barnhart. An effective, dedicated family law attorney, she’s a strong advocate for her clients and a valuable new addition to the Goldberg Jones team. She will be an important advocate for the husbands and fathers of the …

5 Divorce Urban Legends

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You can find tons of information about divorce floating around out there. Much of it’s accurate. Unfortunately, much of it isn’t. It’s often difficult to tell what’s real and what’s a divorce urban legend. Usually, urban legends are the stuff of horror movies, a hook-handed madman preying on unsuspecting teens at Makeout Point. But misinformation …

New Tax Plan And Divorce

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Late last year, the Republican-led Congress passed a sweeping new tax plan. It’s going to impact deductions, retirements savings, and even private jet ownership. Basically, everyone should plan to feel the brunt in one way or another. It will reach into almost every aspect of daily life, and that includes divorce. Specifically, the new tax …

Washington State Divorce Rates Per County

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What are the divorce rates in WA State? Thousands of marriages come to an end every day. That’s not shocking when you consider roughly 50% of all marriages end in divorce. Washington is no exception to this. Divorce is a common occurrence across the Evergreen State. Digging into the statistics from county to county presents …

How To Fill Out An NCAA Tournament Bracket

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Filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket and entering half a dozen pools is practically an American tradition. But filling out a bracket is also a daunting task. Some fans religiously pore over every word Joe Lunardi utters, track quadrant one wins, and keep tabs on conference tournament play. And after all that, we usually get …

Goldberg Jones Bracket Challenge

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, we’re not talking about Christmas or New Year’s. We’re talking about March Madness. Once again, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is HERE! And once again, Goldberg Jones is running our annual March Madness Bracket Challenge. This year, the champ walks away with a $250 Amazon gift …

Meet Divorce Attorney Amanda N. Gamble

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Goldberg Jones is excited to welcome the newest addition to our Seattle family: Amanda N. Gamble. Skilled and versatile, she brings a keen legal eye to our team of family law attorneys. Amanda will provide another major resource to the husbands and fathers of the Puget Sound region in divorce and custody cases. A competitive, dedicated divorce …

Emerald City Comic Con

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While it’s certainly not as massive as its pop-culture-behemoth sibling in San Diego, Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con has come into its own in recent years. The 2018 installment is almost here, running March 1-4 at the Washington State Convention Center. It’s a fun, nerdy time, and also a great local event for kids and …

Divorce Capital Of Washington

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Washington plays host to a variety of capitals. Of course, there’s Olympia, the state capital. But we also have many of the less official, often self-appointed types as well. No surprise, Seattle is the “Coffee Capital of the World.” Forks is the “Logging Capital of the World.” (Also the “Sparkly Vampire Capital of the World” …

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How To Divorce ASAP

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By the time you get to the point where you’re ready to file for divorce, you’re probably done with it. Odds are, you just want to get it over as quickly as possible. That’s an understandable feeling. But in many cases, perhaps most, taking the fastest route isn’t necessarily the best idea. People often agree …

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How Do I Ask For Divorce?

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It’s time. You’ve tried everything, counselors, retreats, every trick, tool, or suggestion you can get your hands on. But nothing works. Nothing can possibly fix your marriage. You need to move on, for you, for your kids, your friends, your peace of mind, and probably even your spouse. But one big question looms: How do …

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Divorce Causes 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 a juggling act this time …

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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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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 be an important asset to …

Cheating Spouses & Child Endangerment

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Rick and Danny tackle toughs questions, covering topics from cheating spouses, child engangerment 1:07 – “My friend has a 6 year old, and after visiting her home, I believe the child could possibly be in danger, how do I help?” 3:30 – “Why don’t family courts typically enforce equal custody statute that’s on the books?” …

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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 at least one person believes …

Protection Orders, Parenting Plans & Contempt Charges

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Listen to the latest edition of Danny Bonaduce: Life Coach on the Danny Bonaduce & Sarah Morning Show. Rick Jones answers questions about divorce, protection orders, parenting plans, child support, spousal maintenance, and contempt charges. Danny and Rick tackle some of the following questions: 45 seconds in – “What if’s not in compliance with the …

Property Rights & Home Ownership

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The latest edition of Danny Bonaduce: Life Coach on the Danny Bonaduce & Sarah Morning Show. Rick Jones chats about property rights for home owners going through a divorce.  Caller owned property before marriage, but made improvements during.  Can he keep his property throughout the divorce settlement?   Hear Rick answer callers questions on this and other …

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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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Crowdfunding Divorce? Yes.

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Wait, you can get strangers to pay for your divorce? In the modern world, you can get strangers to pay for just about anything. So yes, that also means you can crowdfund your divorce. People typically think of divorce as an expensive endeavor. You have to pay for lawyers, court costs, filing fees, and more. …

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Spouse Doesn’t Want Divorce?

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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 other party has other ideas. …

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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 work or the Seahawks making …

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Welcome Attorney Jayde Logan

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Goldberg Jones would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest member of our Seattle team: Jayde Logan. Jayde is a wonderful addition to the firm and will be a valuable resource for husbands and fathers in the Puget Sound area. A motivated, passionate family law practitioner, Jayde Logan is also a dedicated advocate …

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One of Washington’s Best

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We are pleased to announce that Seattle Business magazine has named Goldberg Jones one of Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Not only did we make the top 100, we cracked the top 25, coming in at number 24 on the countdown. In order to compile this list, Seattle Business magazine conducted more than 31,000 …

10 Great Movie Dads

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Father’s Day is upon us once again, the holiday where we celebrate dads and everything they do for us. There are countless ways to mark the occasion. It’s almost officially summer, the weather’s getting better day-to-day, and barbecues and baseball games are classic ways to spend a sunny afternoon. But one of our most cherished …

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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. We hear about it in celebrity couples all of the time; couples …

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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 affect? 3:43 – I have no property and no kids, do I …

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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 when to file pops up. …

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How Discovery Works In Divorce Cases

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During the divorce process, there’s a constant back-and-forth flow. Depending on your situation, it may be like pulling teeth to get what you need, but there’s a lot of evidence and information that changes hands. This part of the process is called discovery. It’s a key piece of all legal cases, including divorce. Even though …

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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 …

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Robert Bennett Joins Goldberg Jones

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Goldberg Jones is pleased and excited to welcome the newest addition to our Seattle team: Robert Bennett. A committed, analytical attorney, Robert is dedicated to producing results for his clients in divorce and custody cases. He uses a tactical eye to find the best angle to approach each case. Prior to shifting his focus to …

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What’s The Biggest Divorce Obstacle?

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During a divorce, you have many hurdles to overcome. But perhaps the biggest divorce obstacle is when your spouse doesn’t actually want to end the marriage. That’s a tough one, for sure. However, there are options if you want a divorce, but your spouse doesn’t. This sounds like the stuff of melodramatic late night cable …

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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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. Community Property And Inheritance Washington …

10 Ways To Prepare Before Divorce

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There’s a reason it’s called “the divorce process.” Odds are, you’re anxious to get the ball rolling. But remember, it’s a long, complicated endeavor, one with a ton of moving parts. This has a massive impact on your future, influencing everything from finances to your living situation to how much you see your kids. Not only …

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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 …

Conflict In Divorce: Dealing With Strife

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Not every divorce devolves into an epic, argument-riddled screaming match. However, few situations in life are as known for causing conflict as divorce. Even in the best of times, there’s bound to be tension, friction, and disagreements. As emotional as it is, divorce lends itself to conflict at least on some scale. No matter how …

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. …

8 Ways People Damage Their Own Divorce Cases

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Even in the best of circumstances, divorce tends to be a complicated affair. In simple, straightforward cases, the process can go smoothly. But the more that’s involved, and the more emotions flare up, the trickier things become. It’s important to be rational and detail oriented along the way. But people make mistakes, and too many …

Protect Your Business In Divorce: What You Need To Know

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The process of ending a marriage is a complicated one. Untangling your life from your spouse’s is delicate and complex, and splitting up shared property often becomes contentious. Things only get messier when there’s a business involved. Not only do you risk losing your car or missing out on that really great couch you love …

Divorce & Retirement: 6 Costly Common Mistakes

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Increasingly, we hear talk about so-called gray divorce. This term refers to couples who divorce later in life, often after lengthy marriages. Ending a marriage has drastic financial implications no matter the age of the spouses. But couples approaching retirement face a number of unique potential pitfalls and challenges. Here are some costly common mistakes …

Am I On The Hook For My Ex’s Debt In Divorce?

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Getting married means you share your world with another person. You and your spouse build a life, create a home, and intertwine nearly every aspect of your daily existence. This includes houses, cars, and any other assets you acquire. And unfortunately, any corresponding debt. In divorce, the court divides shared property, but the question is: …

How To: The Best Mediation Style

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When it comes to dissolving a marriage, many people think of intense courtroom trials, but that’s not the only option for divorce. Other tools provide alternatives, and one of the most popular and useful is mediation. Within that larger category, however, exist a number of different approaches, and it’s important to pick the best mediation …

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 …

Caught Cheating: Impact Of Adultery On Divorce

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Marriage is a complex relationship full of give and take and countless nuances. Many factors go into creating such a union. Conversely, many factors go into breaking one apart. The underlying causes for divorce are rarely simple, but when adultery plays a role, it’s huge. Infidelity represents a massive betrayal of trust. As a result, …

When Support Goes Past 18

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In most cases in Washington, child support comes to an end when the kids in question turn 18 years old or graduate from high school, whichever comes later. Circumstances do exist, however, where payments may continue much longer. When it comes to the Evergreen State, the age of majority is 18. This generally means that …

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Protection Orders: What You Need To Know To Stay Safe

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It’s not uncommon for divorces to become hot, conflict-riddled affairs. Emotions run high, feelings have often been hurt, and there tends to be a great deal of animosity and ill will all around. All too often, threats and domestic violence rear their ugly heads and participants must take steps to keep safe. In Washington, protection …

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UPDATED: How Alimony Works In Washington

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UPDATE: The sweeping new tax plan Congress passed at the end of 2017 will impact almost everyone. This includes changes to divorce settlements, specifically those involving spousal support. Beginning 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. …

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 they have a huge impact …

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 are public records. What this …

Does It Matter If I File For Divorce First?

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When it comes to divorce, it seems like everyone has advice. People come out of the woodwork to offer up their two cents, whether you ask for it or not. One piece of guidance frequently shared is that you should file for divorce first. But the question remains: is this sound counsel or does it …

Average Cost Of Divorce In Washington?

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Weddings tend to be hugely expensive affairs. That probably comes as no surprise, after all, there’s an entire subgenre of romantic comedies that revolves around this particular piece of common knowledge. According to a 2014 report, the average American wedding costs north of $30,000. All the moving parts add up quickly. On the other end …

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 case. It’s possible for a …

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 in our marriages. And often …

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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 …

Divorce Or Bankruptcy: What To File First

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/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Divorce-Bankruptcy-What-File-First.jpg 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? The short answer is …

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 case. What Is Arbitration? In …

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How Child Support May Change Soon

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In the wake of divorce, child support is one of the biggest expenses many men face. These ongoing payments made by one parent provide for the continued financial benefit of children following the end of a marriage or other relationship. Some argue, however, that child support orders can be excessive and more about the parents …

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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. Having strategies in place to deal with divorce and all the things that accompany it will be important to ensuring you make it through in one …

Should I Hire A Divorce Attorney?

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With the proliferation of online tools and guides, handling a divorce yourself is now easier than ever. Though this route is more accessible, it’s not always the best choice. Sure, it can save you money, and in the case of simple divorces, it can be an ideal fit. But there may come a time when …

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Why 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, opposing parties, and everyone else …

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Divorce Stats That May Shock You

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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 1990s. Digging into the divorce …

Pro Se Divorce: Should I Represent Myself?

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Pro se is a Latin term that means “for oneself.” In a legal sense, this is when a person chooses to represent him or herself in court instead of hiring an attorney. This is your right and your choice to make. A litigant can take this path in any type of legal case, but it’s …

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 away with your final divorce …

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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 when, and even if to …

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10 Great Movies To Watch w/ Dad

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A holiday designed to celebrate dads and everything they do for us, Father’s Day is almost here. It’s an opportunity to remind our dads how grateful we are for everything they do, to commemorate parental bonds, and applaud their influence on our lives. You can celebrate fathers and fatherhood in countless ways. As it falls …

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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Colette McEldowney Joins Goldberg Jones

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Goldberg Jones is excited to welcome the newest addition to our Seattle team: Colette McEldowney. A skilled, versatile attorney, she brings a wealth of experience to the firm and will be a huge asset to husbands and fathers facing divorce and going through custody battles in the Puget Sound region and beyond. Though she is …

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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 …