When you and your spouse decided to divorce, you might have assumed you would both treat the process with honesty and transparency. Your spouse, though, maybe playing hardball and is trying to win your divorce by all possible means. You may suspect that they are hiding assets, which – if they managed your household’s finances…

There is no Washington State law prohibiting you from dating before your divorce is finalized. However, it is generally a good idea to refrain from pursuing new relationships until after your current marriage comes to an official end. This may be especially true if you have children with your current spouse. Let’s take a look…

An unemancipated person under the age of 18 does not have the ability to make their own residential decisions. The parents (and sometimes the court) are the ones who are empowered to make those and most other decisions for the child. Once a person turns 18, they are an adult and can make their own…

When a mature couple files for divorce, their Washington marital home is often mortgage-free, a valuable asset that must be divided. Along with deciding which spouse shall remain in the home (assuming the property is not sold as part of the divorce and the proceeds divided), an important consideration is the availability of a reverse…

It happens more often than you might think. A couple decides to divorce, sits down for a long conversation, decides that they can amicably divorce, and makes some decisions about how they will divide their finances. They also agree that they can work together to figure out a schedule for the kids. Then one of…

As COVID-19 began to take hold in the United States, Washington and other states took action to ensure that child possession schedules remained in effect and were followed according to court orders. These actions were effective, and as COVID-19 continues to persist in society, parents have adapted to working within court-ordered possession schedules. However, new…

Although courts are still open and conducting Zoom hearings, there is no doubt that many court cases are moving along more slowly than otherwise desired because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A potentially more practical and expedient method of divorce is collaborative law. Collaborative law is just how it sounds. The collaborative law model is an…

When parents divorce, the child normally lives with one of the parents while the other parents pay child support. Child support orders transfer one parent’s earnings to the other so that the child is financially supported via the parents’ combined wealth. How does child support work? Child support is usually paid monthly and can be…

There are key differences between a civilian protection order, which is issued and enforced by state courts, and military protection orders issued and enforced by the military. Understanding the differences will help you determine which to get. How the two protection orders are issued State courts issue civilian protection orders:. Both sides get an opportunity…

If you’re a victim of domestic violence or abuse, or you are experiencing significant and ongoing financial harm due to identity theft, then Social Security can assign you a different number. General Things to Keep in Mind You will still need to keep both social security numbers handy, as new employers will often need both…

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