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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 to...
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Non-Litigation Approaches to Divorce

More and more often, people are asking about ways to get divorced without litigating (going to court). There are several reasons why they are interested in such non-litigation approaches as Early Mediation and Collaborative Divorce:...
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How To Have A Good Divorce (Part 3)

Guest Blog by Sunny McMillan The Importance of Ritual and Ceremony Chances are you put a bit of thought and planning into your wedding. You and your spouse likely selected the location where it would take place, the people who would surround you, the clothes you would wear, and the vows you would...
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What Is A Commissioner or Judge Pro Tem?

First a brief explanation - Judges are elected positions, while Court Commissioners are hired by the Judges to taken on some limited judicial functions (like hearing Family Law Motions) to free the Judges up for trial work. A Judge or Court Commissioner Pro-Tempore is more commonly referred to as...
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How To Have A Good Divorce (Part 2)

Guest Blog by Sunny McMillan Get Active Studies show that cancer patients who are engaged in their treatment plan and healing fare much better than those who sit back and allow their medical team to dictate what will happen to them. In much the same way, you can apply these same principles to your...
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How To Have A Good Divorce (Part 1)

Guest Blog by Sunny McMillan As a former attorney and current master life coach who assists adults considering or going through divorce, my clients often express a fear that the divorce process will be high conflict and devastating. While there is no shortage of evidence of bad divorces in the m...
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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,...
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What Is An Uncontested Divorce?

"Uncontested Divorce" is a phrase one hears a lot, but it means different things to different people. Some people simply mean a divorce where both parties have agreed to divorce; while others mean that the parties have informally agreed upon the terms of the divorce; and some just mean that they ex...
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Better Divorce Litigation

At Seattle Divorce Services, it has always been a goal to find ways to do things better. That includes our bread and butter - divorce litigation. What does 'better divorce litigation' mean? How can we strive for improvement? Better litigation means tailoring the approach to fit the case, NOT s...
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Compassionate Litigation

While I talk a great deal about Collaborative Divorce because it is my preferred dispute resolution method, our office also does a large amount of divorce litigation (court based). However, all divorce litigation is not the same. I like to think of collaboratively informed litigation as Compas...