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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 …

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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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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How To Choose 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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. What to do if …

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, …

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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 …

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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 …