The Truth About Domestic Violence and Taking Control of Your Safety

Gabby Petitto. You have probably seen her name in the news. Maybe you followed her story, maybe you wondered why other stories haven’t got the attention hers did. Maybe, just maybe, you related to what was going on and her sunny Instagram pictures not telling the whole story. Her case brought what we often refer …

How Adopting a Senior Dog Changed My Life for the Better

Are you looking for something to change your life? We live in a world that is a mile a minute. Social media, streaming shows, and news things are constantly in our face telling us something needs to change; we are missing out. What is something that changed your life was not the next thing to …

OK, We Are Divorced. How Do We Support Our Kids?

Having divorced parents can be the very best or one of the very worst things for your children. It’s not often that there’s an in-between. The good news is that you and your former spouse largely control what experience your children have. The good parts of divorce for children. Often when people are in a …

Creating the Right Parenting Plan for Your Family is Crucial

If you are going through divorce or separation, you might be wondering what your parenting plan should look like. You may even wonder what a parenting plan is! A parenting plan is the court order that sets forth where your children will be and when. There are temporary and final plans, each serving different needs. A parenting plan …

Top 3 Common Big Divorce Mistakes To Avoid

When it comes to divorce, there are some mistakes that people make which can be undone. On the other hand, the saying goes that you can’t un-ring a bell and certain mistakes function like an alarm going off and represent a bell that can never be silenced. Avoid these common mistakes and you will find …

Gray Divorce

The “gray divorce“ term is coined for the notion that older or “gray-haired” people are getting divorced in a way they never were before. This typically refers to those in their late 50s or 60s. You might have heard the term but understanding the complexity behind these divorces is another story. Divorce amongst baby boomers …

Top Three Common Divorce Mistakes

Will my spouse take my 401(k)? Where will our kids live if we separate? Will I be able to afford anything?! Divorce is one of the scariest things a person can go through. The end of any relationship means both people will need to find a new normal. Unknowns and fear can lead to either …

Relocation with Children

Washington law has a specific process and set of statutes that govern issues related to relocation with a child, including each party’s rights and responsibilities. This is also known as the Relocation Act (RCW 26.09.405-560). If you are considering relocating with your child or have received notification of a proposed relocation from the other parent …

What is Spousal Maintenance?

It is often stated that money is the leading cause of stress in relationships. Couples may engage in power struggles around money, communication about money, or financial imbalances within the relationship. For these reasons and more, finances are also a common contributor to separation and divorce. It doesn’t end there. Finances are commonly the most …

Thanksgiving 2020: Connecting During the Pandemic Still Matters.

“We are all doing it differently this year.” You have been hearing this refrain for weeks, as we approach the holidays and the virus rages out of control here in the Pacific Northwest and really around the country. Like many of you, my family won’t be gathering the way we normally do on Thanksgiving. While …

Tips for Holiday Self-Care

‘Tis the season to be jolly, right? Sure, that’s’ the goal but it is not always quite so simple…The holiday season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many it is extremely stressful and overwhelming. There can be unrealistic expectations for joy and gift giving, financial pressures and strain, …

Talking to Your Children about Divorce

It will be challenging, it is likely to be emotional, and chances are you are dreading it. How to tell your children that you are getting divorced and the approach you to take in discussing this major and often heart-wrenching family shift matters and it will have real impact.The following are tips to consider as …