If you are facing divorce in Washington and wondering what property you get to keep, the first thing you should know is that Washington is a community property state. This means that all income earned and property acquired by either spouse during the marriage is community property. It belongs to both spouses equally, so it must be split equally between the spouses as divorce.
Divorce is inevitably difficult for the adults and children involved. However, your divorce can be easier, and more like a polite negotiation than a boxing match. When spouses are able to compromise and keep open communication throughout the divorce process, they can retain control over the decision-making
Washington state’s version of annulment is called a "declaration of invalidity." This article explains the declaration of invalidity, tells you how to get one, and describes the effects of a declaration of invalidity in Washington. If you have additional questions after reading this article, contact
One of the most exciting events in a person’s life is an engagement to be married. Yet amid all the exhilaration and planning, most people don’t stop to consider the legal implications of marriage. If you’re planning to marry, it’s advisable to take some time to think about whether you should
What is postsecondary educational support? Under Washington law, postsecondary educational support is the court-ordered payment parents have to make for costs incurred when a child receives additional schooling after graduating from high school. "Secondary" educational expenses, by contrast, are expenses that parents have to pay when their children are in high school.
The state of Washington takes custody decisions and parenting plans very seriously. Once established, courts are very cautious about making major changes to custody arrangements. Parents that want to modify a parenting plan will have to show adequate cause and a substantial change in circumstances.
Abuse can result in visible bruises or invisible emotional scars - whether seen or unseen, the frightening impact of abuse is the same and it has long-term consequences for your family. Such emotional or physical abuse, also called “domestic violence,” can affect which parent receives custody of
If your marriage is ending because you or your spouse committed adultery, you've been hit with a double whammy. You're grieving the loss of your relationship, but you may also have to cope with other powerful emotions, like shame, anger, regret and suspicion. When times are that tough, it can be hard to stay grounded.