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What are the objectives of a parenting plan in Washington?

It is only natural that when parents divorce, both parents want to minimize the negative effects the child may experience. Washington law respects this goal too, particularly when it comes to parenting plans. What are the legal objectives of a parenting plan in Washington?

Parenting post-divorce in Washington requires cooperation

When it comes to parenting, divorce doesn't change the fact that parents must work together in raising their child. Easier said than done, right? After a divorce, a parent can be caught in a tailspin of negative emotions regarding their former partner. However, when it comes to implementing a parenting plan in Washington, it is important for parents to remember that it is the child's needs that should come first.

The possession of firearms in a domestic violence case

Domestic violence is a serious issue in the state of Washington. It can affect just about anyone -- husbands, wives, children and cohabitants. When it comes to domestic violence, it is important for victims to seek the protective orders they need to ensure their safety, although this may be easier said than done.

Why consider a prenuptial agreement in Washington? Part II

Last week this blog reviewed some reasons why a Washington couple may want to enter into a prenuptial agreement. While wedded bliss is in the future for some couples, others may find after a time that staying married is not in their best interests. A prenuptial agreement can serve as an early heads-up of each party's expectations, particularly when it comes to property division. Prenuptial agreements can even augment a will, particularly if one party to the agreement is not to receive an inheritance from the other party.

Why consider a prenuptial agreement in Washington? Part I

Planning a dream wedding is about more than flowers and a cake. It is about planning for your future lives as a married couple. One step some couples in Washington take before tying the knot is entering into a prenuptial agreement. While couples in love may loath contemplating the potential demise of their marriage, the fact of the matter is that many Washington marriages will end in divorce. In many cases, it is best to be prepared.

What factors may be considered in a spousal support case?

Spousal support, once called alimony and now called maintenance, may be awarded in a Washington divorce, particularly when one party is in need of financial support and the other party is able to pay it. Spousal support is not punitive in nature, meaning that a spouse's misconduct that led to the end of the marriage may not be automatically taken into account. Rather, the amount of support awarded and how long it will last depends on the individual and unique nature of the parties' case.

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.

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