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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...
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Can Divorce Be Settled Out Of Court?

It may surprise people to learn that most divorces are actually settled out of court. Only when the parties are not able to reach an agreement does the case move on to a trial. My general estimate has been that maybe 2-3% of divorce cases actually go to trial. There are a number of methods for se...
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Shared Custody: Children’s Right and Parents’ Duty

Around half of all U.S. children experience the divorce of their parents; and nearly half of those children also witness the termination of a parent’s second marriage. This means that divorce will affect half of America’s future decision makers; and the responsibility falls on parents and courts t...
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What Is A No-Fault Divorce?

It is not uncommon for people to come into our office wanting to know what grounds they need to get divorced. They might say, "My spouse has not had an affair or been abusive, but I just don't want to be married anymore. Can I still get divorced?" We explain that Washington is a no-fault state, wh...