Three Ways People Lose Custody of Their Children!

There is lots of talk about things to do to make your custody case better, but let’s talk about what you can do to destroy it. These are the “don’ts“ to keep in mind if you are heading into this kind of dangerous territory. First, are obvious things people know like do not physically abuse …

Keep the Kids Out of It! Take it From the Kardashian-Wests.

Be your other parent’s biggest cheerleader – even when things are tough between you. Divorce for children is one of the hardest things a person can go through. Whether you want the divorce or not, disentangling yourself from the other party will never fully happen while you have children together. Accept and embrace this because …

Child Support is Overwhelming – Leave it to Your Legal Team!

Many people think establishing child support is going to be a nightmare. You think this is going to be the thing that causes the most friction between you and your ex. You do not know how you are going to ever get them to pay. You do not know how much money they make. Where …

Shared Parenting – Finding the Stretch Time!

Spending time away from your kids when you first get divorced can be extremely hard. You are used to being under the same roof and having them with you. Sharing time with the other parent can seem almost unthinkable. My kid is going to be gone for the weekend! My kids are going to be …

Introducing New Partners to The Kids: Best Practices

When you have children, you and your ex-spouse will be intertwined one way or another likely for the rest of your lives. Your former spouse or partner will likely move on to a new relationship and so will you. There are many things that can be tough already, but when your children are involved, it …

Getting Started with Financials in Divorce

Financials are one of the most hotly contested parts of a divorce. Financial issues are often a big part of why a marriage fails so this should come as no surprise. You can get a jump on the stressful process of unraveling your financial picture by gathering the following financials in advance of starting your …

Tick Tock! Clock Ticking on Your Relationship?

Is the clock ticking on your relationship? Maybe things have not been great for a while. Some days are better than others, but you live parallel lives. Something is not right, but perhaps you do not really want to know what that is. You think you are happy enough to make it work and don’t …

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 …