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Does Washington Have Common Law Marriage?

Many couples live together for a long time, accumulate property, and even have children, all without getting married. While this isn’t all that unusual, there are a number of misconceptions revolving around these situations and what it means when the couple separates. If you are unmarried but separa...

How is Child Support Calculated When We Have Equal Parenting?

  When parents used to divorce, the typical arrangement used to be that one parent (typically the mother) would be awarded primary custody of the children while the other parent would have visitation rights. The parent with visitation rights would then pay child support to the parent with pr...

Palimony and Alimony in Washington

Breaking Down Financial Support for Married and Unmarried Couples We often are asked about the support rights of both married and unmarried couples in Washington. Alimony is spousal support paid by one (ex)spouse to the other after divorce. Palimony refers to support from one partner to another aft...
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Factors to Consider in a Gray Divorce

  Recently one of our younger attorneys asked me about a request from a potential client for a "silver divorce" because the attorney was not sure what that was. Being a bit older myself, I am familiar with terms like silver sneakers, silver singles, and of course gray or silver divorce. I...
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How Should We Go About Getting a Prenup?

Our Seattle Prenuptial Agreement Attorneys Break Down the Prenup Process Unfortunately there is a bit of a difference between how prenuptial agreements are typically done and how I believe they should be done. Too often one partner goes to an attorney and has an agreement drafted. The partner then...
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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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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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Living With Your Spouse During Divorce

While people tend to assume you need to separate at the time you start divorcing, that is not necessarily true. Many people in fact do wait to separate later during the process or even at the end. While it might be difficult for many to imagine living with your spouse under these circumstances, i...