Mark Alexander

Mark Alexander Gains Lifetime Achievement Award

We were thrilled when Mark Alexander of our office was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Washington State Bar Association's Family Law Section. This was only the third time that such an award has been given since 1986. Mark served on the Family Law Executive Committee for six y...
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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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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...
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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. My most important recommendation is to avoid running down your spouse....
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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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When Is My Divorce Final?

In Washington State, a divorce is final as soon as the court signs the Decree of Dissolution. The whole divorce process generally takes anywhere from 3 months to a year, and there is a minimum 90 day waiting period after the divorce has been filed and served. If the case needs to go to trial, the...
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Nathan Cliber Answers Kids’ Questions About Divorce

Recently attorney Nathan Cliber from our office was invited to participate in the "Kids Meet A ..." video series. There have been many different topics covered in the series, from meeting a Japanese-American internment survivor, to meeting a 101 year old woman. In "Kids Meet A Divorce Lawyer", kids...
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How To Talk To Your Spouse About Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce is a voluntary process, which means that both parties need to agree to use the process. More than that, both parties need to believe this is the best way to move forward. If one is only paying lip service, participating only because it is what the other spouse wants, they do n...