Tacoma Family Law Blog

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...

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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...

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People Love Us On Yelp

Lutz & Associates, P.S. awarded “People Love Us on Yelp” Award We are happy to announce Lutz Ramo & Teal is a winner of Yelp’s “People Love Us on Yelp” award. Our Yelp page has multiple 5 star reviews. Yelp awards business two times a year with the “People...

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Third Party Custody – Including Grandparents

Non-Parental Custody Over the last year, Judges and commissioners have been taking a closer look at Non-Parental Custody cases and applying a strict standard when determining if they should separate a child from their biological parents.  The standards in these cases...

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Child Custody Jurisdiction

One of the most common issues that come up regarding determining custody for a child deals with whether or not Washington has jurisdiction to hear your case.  If both parents are presently in Washington and the child resides in Washington (or was born in Washington),...

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Spousal Maintenance for Immigrants

It is not uncommon for a person seeking immigration status in the United States (i.e. petitioner) to find him or herself in a position where the other spouse files for a divorce but the Unites States Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) has not finalized status....

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De Facto Parentage

In our ever changing society where blended families are more and more common, I am often asked from someone in the middle of a divorce or separation:  “I was really close to my step kids.  Can I have visitation with them?”  Well, in the not too distant past, the...

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