DOMA Struck Down!

We applaud the recent Supreme Court decision striking down the Federal law discriminating against same sex married couples. Some  states (like Washington) have now passed laws legalizing same-sex marriage, and where those states have granted married status to residents of those states, the Federal g...

Same Sex Marriage in Washington

We were extremely happy to see same sex marriage passed by the voters in Washington State! It is just basic fairness - adults who love each other should be able to marry. There is no reason to discriminate against some couples because of their gender preferences. I saw a post by Carol Betts, a fr...

Seattle Attorney Carol Bailey on Amicable Divorce

Carol Bailey is an attorney here in Seattle with a strong interest in more peaceful divorce processes. In an article in the Seattle PI blog last February, she talked about amicable divorce, making several very good points....

Causes of Divorce Conflict

Mark Alexander has written: In many divorces, the greatest causes of conflict are: -What mudslinging is the other side going to say about me? -Are they going to try to extract the last ounce of blood? -What is my future budget going to be? -When will I be spending time with the children?...

Legal Remedies to Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can occur in any type of relationship. It crosses racial, socio-economic and age lines and isn't limited to a "type" of person or couple. If fact, it will may surprise you to know that one in five Washington women has reported being injured by domestic violence during their lifetim...

What are Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements?

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are legal agreements made before or shortly after marriage when couples determine their rights and responsibilities related to property and debts. A prenuptial agreement is signed before marriage, while a postnuptial agreement is signed after marriage. In gen...