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 …

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 …

What you Need to Know About Parenting Plans in Washington State

What is a parenting plan? Do you need one? When parents split up it becomes necessary to decide how much time the kids spend with Mom, how much time with Dad, where they go for breaks and holidays, who handles pick up after school, and a host of other decisions. A parenting plan is where …

TOP 10 DIVORCE PLANNING TIPS

No matter what the circumstances, divorce is complicated. Ending a partnership that you hoped would last forever is logistically challenging and emotionally painful. Following these tips will help you be better prepared and ultimately achieve a more optimal outcome in your divorce or separation. Please review our Top 10 Divorce Planning Tips: 1. Access your …

HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN COPE WITH DIVORCE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

The holidays are notoriously challenging for those undergoing stressful life changes, such as separation or divorce. Those enduring these experiences may endure amplified loneliness this time of year, while others are filled with holiday cheer. The holiday season is often a particularly special time for children. Many kids wait with excitement and anticipation for the …

I DON’T THINK I AM GETTING ENOUGH CHILD SUPPORT – WHAT CAN I DO?

If you are concerned that you are not receiving the appropriate amount of child support, we encourage you to: Understand the basics about child support modification law Assess whether anything has changed since the original order. This may include            your child’s needs or the financial status of one or both parents …

HELPING YOUR CHILDREN COPE WITH DIVORCE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

The holidays are notoriously challenging for those undergoing stressful life changes, such as separation or divorce. This time enduring such a difficult emotional experience may amplify feelings of loneliness while others are filled with holiday cheer. The holiday season is often a particularly special time for children. Many kids wait with excitement and anticipation for …

6 BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIPS FOR DIVORCED PARENTS

It’s that time of year again. Summer is ending and kids are headed back to school. Back-to-school season is always a stressful time for children and parents, and it can be even more complicated if you are divorced. This time of year is a mixed bag of emotions for everyone involved, with feelings of excitement, anxiety, …

THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IS NEAR – IS IT TIME TO MODIFY YOUR PARENTING PLAN?

The end of the school year signifies a time of transition. It is a transition into summertime, longer days, warmer nights, a break from homework, and more time to play. Children are thinking about their transition into the next grade level and who their teacher will be next fall. For parents who are separated or …

PATERNITY AND PARENTAGE ACTION IN WASHINGTON STATE: WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO ESTABLISH PATERNITY

Defining Paternity and Parentage: Paternity by definition means the state of being the father of a particular child. From a legal perspective, paternity refers to the legal relationship between a father and his child. A biological father is not necessarily a legal father. It is the process of “establishing paternity” that then establishes the legal relationship …

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! IN ESTABLISHING PARENTING RIGHTS, FATHERS ARE ON EQUAL GROUND WITH MOTHERS IN WA STATE

As we enter Father’s Day weekend, it seems appropriate to highlight the topic of fathers’ rights in Washington State. Many people don’t realize that fathers are on equal ground with mothers in Washington State. Until a court determines otherwise, each parent has the same rights and responsibilities to their children. When Parenting Plans are determined, the …

CHILD SUPPORT MODIFICATIONS IN WASHINGTON STATE

In Washington State, the law allows parents to petition for child support modification to accommodate changes in circumstances. The primary Washington State child support modification statute is RCW 26.09.170. A Washington State child support modification is the legal process by which an Order of Support is adjusted to reflect the current finances of both parents. It …