Category Archive: 'Areas of Interest'

King County Divorce

King County Divorce

King County Divorce. This is an overview of how the legal system works in King County, for family law and divorce cases. This is just an overview; if you are trying to do a case, this will be helpful, but do not depend on it for everything. The links to King County Superior Court and […]

Divorce and Family Law Resources

Divorce and Family Law Resources: Washington State | King and Snohomish County Family Law Links Divorce and family law resources in King and Snohomish Counties in Washington State. King County Superior Court Snohomish County Superior Court King County Superior Court Home Snohomish County Superior Court Home King County Court Clerk Snohomish County Court Clerk King […]

How to Value Stock Options and Awards

How To Calculate Stock Options And Awards              Many clients especially in the Seattle, and Bellevue area, have forms of stock options. These may include stock options, Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) (which Amazon uses), stock awards, and ESPP’s. Valuing these in a divorce is a little bit tricky. There are several different parts of an […]

50/50 Parenting Plans – Myths and Realities

Where Are The Children Going to Live? How much time the children spend with Mom, and how much with Dad, is many times the most difficult and heart-wrenching decision in a divorce. Parenting is a zero sum game: every day little Joey spends with Dad, is a day he does not spend with Mom. The […]

Relocation in Washington

Relocation In Washington – Moving The Kids

Relocation In Washington – When Someone Wants To Relocate The Kids…What Then? Relocation of children,  in Washington law, is controlled by RCW 26.09.405. The primary residential (custodial) parent has a presumptive right to move with the children.  The non-custodial parent can object to the move. If they do, the courts use eleven different factors to decide […]

Dividing Retirement Plans: To QDRO Or Not To QDRO

Dividing Retirement Plans: How do we value them, and how do we divide them? What is a QDRO? The first thing you have to do is figure out what kind of retirement account you andyour spouse  have. There are several kinds of retirement accounts/benefits: Social Security. A court cannot divide Social Security. However, it can – and […]

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of a divorce (or any other family law case), is driven by how much you and the other side fight. To some degree you can control how much you fight; you can’t control how much the other side wants to fight.

Prenup answers

Prenuptial Agreements | Planning For The Worst

  Prenuptial Agreements: What Is A Prenuptial Agreement? A prenuptial agreement is just an agreement that two parties enter into, like any other contract. It lays out what assets remain separate; what maintenance gets paid if the parties divorce, and how the assets get divided if the parties divorce. A sample of a prenuptial agreement […]

Property Division

Property Division

Property Division In A Divorce. One of the biggest issues in any divorce is how the court divides assets and debts. There are several main factors: First, the court’s mission is to do what is fair to both sides. That means it has to balance several factors: how long the marriage lasted; how much community assets there […]

Committed Intimate Relationships

Committed Intimate Relationships

What is a committed intimate relationship? There is no common law marriage in Washington State. That was abolished years ago.  However, the courts do recognize that when people live together, they may accumulate property together, and that can be divided.  This used to be called a “meretricious” relationship; now the courts call it a “committed […]

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