Holiday Custody

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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. Managing your custody …

Getting Served: Dealing w/ Divorce Papers

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Seattle divorce attorney, Rick Jones, made a recent appearance on Danny Bonaduce’s “Life Coach”.  He fielded questions from callers and provided family law advice— helping one caller dealing with being served divorce papers. Unfortunately for the caller, his wife instigated the legal separation and he doesn’t want to get divorced. …

5 Common Reasons for Divorce

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Deciding to divorce is difficult—it requires thought, consideration, and support. Many people grappling with this major life decision feel isolated and struggle with their reasons for wanting a divorce—but you are not alone. When considering divorce and evaluating circumstances, several common themes emerge as reasons for divorce. A few of …

Dating After Divorce: Part 2

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In the first part of this two part series with Torr Lindberg, we explored some of the obstacles and pitfalls men face when they return to dating post divorce. In the second installment we will uncover some tactics to help you comfortably segue back into the dating scene. Torr highlighted …

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5 Signs of 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 …

What Is Joint Custody?

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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, knowing some …

Divorce Dating Advice Part: 1

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Dating advice after divorce? The internet is no stranger to divorce dating advice and suggestions for improving your romantic relationships. In fact there is an overwhelming abundance of information available and the sheer quantity can be overwhelming. Sorting through the pages of Google results can be daunting and extracting quality …

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 …

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 …

Stepfathers’ Rights in Seattle

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Being a father is an investment of love, time, and financial resources. However you acquired the noble title of “Dad” —you earn it every day. You are there for your children day in and day out — and the idea of not being part of their daily life is a …

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Do grandparents have rights in WA?

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Rick Jones was on the Danny Bondaduce Show to talk about family law, divorce, and child custody in Washington. One caller had a question about her rights as a grandparent and whether or not she needed to get permission from both her daughter and son-in-law to take her grandchildren out …

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WA Supreme Court rules for Father in Home Sale

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It is not everyday that the Washington Supreme Court reviews a family law case. Yet, recently the Court issued an opinion that could affect the way funds are distributed in a complex divorce. While the facts of this case are very specific, I highlight it show how a divorce can …