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Parents may need legal help to reach parenting plan goals

As discussed last week on this blog there are numerous factors that could be taken into account when making a Washington parenting plan. It is important that a parenting plan is not rushed into, that it addresses the best interests of the child and that it allows each parent to enjoy a strong and nurturing relationship with their child.

Factors to consider when making a Washington parenting plan

Child custody decisions may be the most important decisions a Washington couple has to make during the divorce process. It is only natural for parents to want the best for their child. The courts in the state understand this, and in general will consider a variety of factors when ruling on a child custody plan -- known in the state as a parenting plan.

Property division in a Washington divorce

When a couple builds a life together, it is understandable that emotions will reach a fevered pitch should the couple divorce, even if getting a divorce is in each spouse's best interests. Much emotional energy during a divorce is spent in the property division process. Who will get to keep the family home, family heirlooms, furniture, automobiles and electronics? When it comes down to it, property division can be a contentious part of a divorce. That is why it is important to have a basic understanding of the property division process in Washington, so that one can know what to expect.

What is the difference between divorce and legal separation?

When a Washington couple's marriage starts to fail, each spouse may feel it is in their best interests to go their separate ways. In these situations, couples in Washington have two options to consider -- a divorce or a legal separation. It is therefore important to have an understanding as to what these two options mean, how they're different and how they're alike.

A divorce in Washington is also known as a dissolution. Dissolution is the process in which a couple's marriage is legally ended. The ground upon which this is possible is if the marriage is "irretrievably broken." It isn't necessary for both spouses to agree the marriage is irretrievably broken; just that one spouse claims it is so. Washington is a no-fault divorce state, so wrongdoing on one spouse's behalf is not necessary for either spouse to seek a dissolution. In a dissolution, a court order will be established that addresses property division, child custody and in some cases spousal support.

What is a Washington domestic violence protective order?

As discussed last week, domestic violence victims may find it incredibly difficult to leave the perpetrator of the abuse. However, once they do decide to break ties with the perpetrator, they often need to turn to the courts for a protective order, for their own safety.

Why do domestic violence victims stay in their relationships?

Domestic violence is a very real problem in Vancouver, Washington. One may wonder why victims of domestic violence simply do not leave the abuser and seek help. However, the reality is that there are numerous reasons why a person may feel forced stay in an abusive relationship, even if he or she wishes to leave.

The adoption process is available to help families

Families today are made up of many different types, sizes and structures. One way that families in Washington may decide to start or grow a family is through adoption and the adoption process. While adoption may be an a positive step in the lives of families endeavoring into the adoption process, it may also be somewhat intimidating if a family is unfamiliar with the process or does not know what to expect from it.

The adoption process can serve an important legal purpose for an already existing emotional relationship between an adoptive parent and child. There are a number of different types of adoption and adoption situations, including when a married couple seeks to adopt a newborn child or older child; when a stepparent seeks to adopt a step child or children; when a single parent seeks to adopt a child; as well as additional adoption situations such as adult adoption or the ratification of foreign adoptions.

Dedicated to helping you solve your family law conflict

Although most Washington residents would rather avoid having to involve the courts and legal system with their issues, sometimes life throws us curves, resulting in problems that require legal representation. We understand that these types of problems can be emotional in nature and you need compassionate representation. Whether you are going through a divorce, require a child support modification or need help with an adoption, we have the knowledge and experience to assist you with any family law conflict you may be facing.

We use law as a tool to help you resolve your family law issues. Whether you need your ex-spouse to pay child support or want to ensure you get a fair settlement in a divorce, the law can help. When you enlist our help in your legal case, you get a team of experienced lawyers who will fight for your legal rights.

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