Top 9 “Tough Topics” Couples Should Discuss Before Tying the Knot

Wedding season is well underway! Maybe you are in the throws of planning your own wedding, or maybe you are counting your blessings that you are not wedding planning as you sift through your friends’ registries and wedding websites. Maybe you are attending multiple weddings this summer and taking bets about which marriages will survive… …

Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

If you are married, are thinking about getting married, or have been married and are divorced, a prenuptial agreement (“prenup”) may be something that has crossed your mind. Some people believe they don’t need a prenuptial agreement because “I don’t have anything.” Often people tell me that prenups are something that “rich people“ to get, …

COMMITTED INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS: WHAT TO KNOW WHEN YOU MOVE IN WITH A PARTNER

Washington State recognizes Committed Intimate Relationships & Not Common-Law Marriage It is a common assumption that after living with an intimate partner for a long-time, you automatically end up in “common-law marriage”. You get all the economic and legal benefits of a marriage without the formal certificate and expensive party. Sounds great, right? Wrong. It’s …

ASK THE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU SAY “I DO”!

Some would say we are amid “Divorce Season”, with higher rates of divorce occurring January through March. We certainly see an influx this time of year. When saying “I do”, most all couples hope for “happily ever after”. The truth is, however, more than half of American marriages end in divorce, despite everyone’s best intentions. …

I’M MOVING IN WITH MY PARTNER. WHAT SHOULD I KNOW? WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I TAKE?

WA recognizes Committed Intimate Relationships & Not Common-Law Marriage It is a common assumption that after living with an intimate partner for a long-time, you automatically end up in “common-law marriage”. You get all the economic and legal benefits of a marriage without the formal certificate and expensive party. Sounds great, right? Wrong. It’s not …

FINANCIAL INFIDELITY AND ITS IMPACT ON RELATIONSHIPS

With wedding season in full swing, partners are looking toward their forever futures together. This Seattle Times article reminds us that prior to saying “I do” it may be wise for partners to have honest discussions around financial infidelity. The article makes important points about financial deception its role in breaking up a rising number of relationships and marriages. …

MOVING IN TOGETHER? UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS BEFORE YOU TAKE THIS STEP

Your relationship is progressing nicely, you can see your future as a couple, and you are ready to move to the next stage. Time to move in together, right? Maybe. Before taking this step, however, we urge you to fully understand the potential implications of living with an intimate partner in Washington State. In Washington …

PRENUPTIAL AND POSTNUPTIAL AGREEMENTS: WHY AND HOW?

The beginning of a new year brings all different flavors of change, in relationships and otherwise. Nicknamed ”, January sees an outpouring of couples looking to end their relationships. At the same time, there is a surge of couples beginning the year hopeful and ready to move to the next stage with their partner. Couples got …

INVALID MARRIAGES AND ANNULMENTS IN WASHINGTON STATE

Defined: Annulment is a commonly used term for a court procedure that dissolves a marriage, treating it as though it never happened. In Washington State, a marriage annulment is called a “Declaration of Invalidity”. Such declarations are granted by the court under specific, special circumstances only. The ruling legally declares the marriage invalid from the …

THE ROMANCE OF PRENUPTIAL AND POSTNUPTIAL AGREEMENTS

There is a fair amount of social stigma attached to prenuptial agreements: Aren’t you expecting your marriage to last forever?  Why are you preparing for your divorce?  Does a prenup doom your marriage from the start? When saying “I do”, most all couples hope for a “happily ever after”. The truth is, more than half …

COMMITTED INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS: UNDERSTANDING WHAT “LIVING TOGETHER” MEANS IN WASHINGTON STATE

In Washington State, “common law marriage” does not exist. However, Washington courts do recognize “committed intimate relationships.” These relationships were formerly known as “meretricious relationships” and exist when an unmarried couple lives together for a significant period of time. In Washington State, these relationships have property rights similar to those had by married couples. It …