Breaking Down Supervised Visitation in Seattle

Visitation and custody issues are decided based on what is in the best interests of the child. In a contested case, the court will listen to the evidence presented and then enter a parenting plan that they believe will best meet the child’s needs, including their safety and general welfare. While su...

Can I Get an Annulment in Washington?

Annulments in Washington State Divorce and legal separation are the most common options that people choose for dissolving their marriages. However, there are situations where one or both spouses may decide to pursue an annulment, often for social or religious reasons. Unfortunately, annulments are...
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How To Talk About Your Divorce with Friends and Family

It can be very hard to figure out how to talk about your divorce with the important people in your life. Breaking the news or ongoing conversations can have a very real effect on your relationships, depending on your approach. Some people may have an urge to shout it from the rooftops, while others...
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What to Bring to a Consultation with a Seattle Family Lawyer

When facing a legal issue that will significantly impact you and your family, hiring a lawyer is a big step in the right direction. That said, it’s important to find the right lawyer for you - after all, family legal matters are usually very personal. Once you have chosen a potential attorney, you n...

5 Family Law Situations That Require the Help of a Lawyer

One of the most common questions people have is whether they should hire a lawyer to help them with a family issue they are facing. There are many great resources available on the internet to help you navigate these issues, but they often are only helpful in straightforward situations. In many situa...

Surprising Factors That Could Impact Child Custody

For obvious reasons, child custody can be one of the most contentious issues in a divorce or separation. Emotions can run high, former partners can become vindictive, or the parties encounter sudden, unexpected challenges. Therefore, it can be beneficial for divorcing parents to understand the facto...

Can I Appeal My Divorce?

When is an Appeal Needed for a Seattle Divorce? If your divorce final orders are based on a court ruling after trial, then you may be able to appeal the result. An appeal is a request for a reviewing court (generally the Court of Appeals) to review the ruling for legal errors. On the other hand, yo...
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What Does a Family Lawyer Do?

When I was a kid, watching old black and white movies on TV, there would often be a lawyer character who was called whenever anything legal related came up. It might be selling a house, drafting a will, getting little Timmy out of jail, giving tax advice, or reviewing a contract. This character even...
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Can I Divorce During COVID-19 Lockdown?

Many people are going to be wondering what their options are if their marriages are deteriorating under the stress of these difficult times. We have been warned to expect a spike in couples seeking to divorce due to the pressures brought on by COVID-19. But is divorcing even possible during a cor...
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What Is “Family Law”?

I find quite regularly that people are confused by the term "Family Law". That is why I often prefer to tell people we practice Divorce Law, as it seems clearer. However, even that is not completely accurate....