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....
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Does Washington Have Common Law Marriage?

What is Common Law Marriage? This is an old concept whereby a couple can become "married" simply by living together long term and holding themselves out as a married couple, such as telling people they are married, holding property as a married couple, etc. Is There Common Law Marriage in Washingt...
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What Documents Will You Need For Your Divorce?

While you do not need to bring your documentation to your initial consultation (except any legal documents you have been served with from your spouse), you certainly may want to start gathering the various documents your Seattle Family Lawyer is likely to need down the line. If you are participat...
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Who Stays In The House After Divorce?

Often at the beginning of a divorce, one party chooses to move out because they no longer want to be living with the other person. This can impact later claims that they should be the person awarded the house in the divorce, as the courts tend to lean towards the least disruptive solutions: i.e. le...
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When Is It OK To Get Remarried?

If you are planning to get remarried soon after your divorce, they key date is the date that the final divorce orders are entered with the court. That means that the orders have been signed by a judge or commissioner and filed with the clerk of the court. That is the point at which the divorce it...
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Is My Divorce Information in the Public Record?

In general, your divorce file in Washington State is a public record. However, there are a number of exceptions. You will want to discuss with your Family Law lawyer specifically what parts of your divorce file will be open to view in the public record and what can be done to protect sensitive info...