Signs that a marriage may be over

Has what once felt like a fairy tale romance become a toxic existence? Disagreements are a common occurrence even in the healthiest of relationships, but conflicts that simmer and devolve into anger and contempt are indicators that your marriage is on the rocks....

What to expect from the Impact on Children seminar

In Pierce County, like many other jurisdictions in the United States, courts are paying more attention to the effect that changes in a family structure have on children. Much research has recently pointed out the importance of both parents remaining actively involved...

Pros and cons of a right of first refusal clause

Most parents must use child care at least occasionally, if not every day. When you and your children’s other parent are negotiating over the parenting plan, it may seem like a good idea to include a right of first refusal clause, particularly if your former spouse has...

What becomes of a parent’s custody upon notice of deployment?

As a single military parent, the thought of deployment can weigh heavier on you than it might on service members who do not have children or who have partners who can help raise their children when on active duty. In addition to having to worry about who will care for...

Arriving at a property settlement agreement

If you and your spouse contemplate getting a Washington divorce, you need to know that Washington represents one of the few remaining community property states. What this means is that the two of you must divide all your marital property equally between you when you...

Why should you consider joint custody?

If you and your spouse plan to divorce in Washington, both of you likely have concerns about the way your children will react to the news. You know they will worry about where they will live, with whom, and how much they will continue to see the other parent. They may...