Category Archive: 'Areas of Interest'

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 […]

Divorce in the Age of COVID-19

If you are divorcing, or planning on getting a divorce, or thinking about getting a divorce, the pandemic is not the end of the world. It does not make divorcing impossible. The court systems are functioning, though a lot of processes have changed because of the pandemic and the need to limit personal contact. Both […]

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 […]

$995 Uncontested Divorces – COVID-19 Update

Uncontested Divorces Agreed divorces are a good way to do your divorce, for a very low cost, with the pleadings prepared by an experienced attorney. (Sample pleadings are here.) And it can be final in as few as 91 days. If you are in King County, you don’t even have to go to court. In […]

Attorney Profile

Craig Jonathan Hansen is a Bellevue divorce attorney, in Washington State, five over twenty five years of experience in family law.  He serves clients in King and Snohomish Counties, and focuses primarily on divorce and family law.  He has tried cases in both counties, from motions on the family law calendar, to trials and appellate work.  That level […]

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 […]

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.