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50/50 Parenting Plans

As Bob Dylan says, the times, they are a-changing. In 1995, when I started practicing family law, there were almost no 50-50 parenting plans. Children lived almost all the time with Mom, and saw Dad on weekends. That has changed in the last five years. In my experience, whether it’s uncontested divorces, or full-fledged divorce […]

50-50 Plan Relocation

Relocating The Children

Relocation In Washington Is Different For a 50/50 Plan and a non-50/50 Plan. Relocation of children,  in Washington law, is controlled by RCW 26.09.405. IF THERE IS A PRIMARY RESIDENTIAL PARENT (MORE THAN55% OF THE OVERNIGHTS), then the primary residential (custodial) parent has a presumptive right to move with the children.  The non-custodial parent can […]

Snohomish County Divorces – COVID-19 Update

SNOHOMISH COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE Just like in King County, divorces in Snohomish County have gotten more difficult. Snohomish County has not moved to electronic filing, and so initial document still need to be dropped off at the courthouse in person, or mailed in, along with a check. I normally file them through ABC, which works […]

King County Divorce – COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UPDATE Divorces in King County have gotten considerably more difficult with the state and county lockdowns because of the pandemic. The Superior Court website, with a series of Emergency Orders, is here. The Court’s Family Law Operations Fact Sheet is here.  Parenting Plans Are Enforceable. Transporting children for a Parenting Plan transfer is a […]

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 […]

Post Secondary Support in Washington

Post Secondary Support in Washington – College Costs Money – Who Pays? At some point, your children will turn 18 and graduate from high school. And they want to go to college. That’s good news and bad news – because the courts can order the parents to contribute to post-secondary support. How much? Keep reading… When Do You Have To […]

Dividing Retirement Plans: COVID-19 Update

The pandemic has a major effect on your retirement plans (401K’s, IRA’s etc.). BESIDES tanking their value.  It has made it possible to withdraw up to $100,000, WITHOUT paying a 10% income tax penalty, if you have to take it out because of COIVID.  And you have up to 3 years to pay it back. […]

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 […]