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Third parties may have custody, support rights and obligations

The concept of a family has undergone a beautiful evolution over time. While once a family only consisted of a mother, father, and any children that may have been born from their union, it now extends to single parent households, blended households, households where grandparents raise their grandchildren, households with two parents of the same sex and other combinations driven by affiliation and love.

Could mediation work for your divorce?

When Spokane residents think about divorce, they often picture the acrimonious images that movies and television portray of angry adults and upset children tearing their lives apart through a contentious legal process. It is an unfortunate truth that some divorces are difficult and may result in hostility between the divorcing parties. However, not every divorce must be subjected to the confrontational process of a litigated divorce that most Americans are familiar with.

Why does one have to pay alimony to their ex-spouse?

Divorce is a delicate legal process that unties the many binds that connect two people who have been joined together by marital laws. In Washington, a couple may pursue a divorce for the partners to live their lives separately, pursue new relationships and gain their independence. Although, divorce generally allows former spouses to go their separate ways there are a number of factors that can force formerly married people to maintain contact, even after their divorce is finalized.

Politics can stress marriages and lead to divorce

Martial partners may choose to divorce for a variety of reasons, but a current events topic is emerging as a point of contention that has driven some American couples to divorce. The occupant of the American presidency, Donald Trump, has proven to be an incredibly divisive figure. This is true not only in political circles, but also in relationships as well. Couples throughout Washington state and other parts of the nation have elected to end their marriages over conflicts they experience with their significant others about the President.

Unmarried fathers have custody rights to their kids

Child custody cases are generally resolved when a court is able to determine how best to serve the needs and interests of the children impacted by the decisions. Whether a mother or father is granted primary physical custody of a child will depend on the circumstances of each case, though it is important for fathers to remember that a presumption does not exist in favor of granting this right to mothers. In Washington and jurisdictions throughout the nation, fathers can fight for the physical and legal custody of their children.

If I am in the military, where do I file for divorce?

Divorce can be a complicated process, beginning with understanding the laws governing where divorce proceedings may be initiated. But, in most cases, a party may file for divorce where they have residency, these general rules are different for members of the military. The following post will discuss some of the jurisdictional issues a military service member may confront when pursuing divorce. However, readers of this Spokane divorce legal blog are encouraged to seek their own legal counsel on their own divorces.

Domestic violence may affect child custody outcomes

During a divorce or after parents have decided to separate a child's life may be thrown into chaos as custody is determined. Since Spokane children may not live on their own until they reach the age of 18, they generally will be placed under the care of one or both of their parents, when their household dissolves from one to two.

Fighting for a father's rights during the divorce process

As many readers of this Spokane divorce and family law blog know, ending a marriage can be a difficult process. Even when the couple does not share children there can be strong disagreements and arguments that arise in the legal process to dissolve a marriage. When kids are part of a divorce, those fights can become downright mean.

Keep finances in focus when planning for divorce in Washington

Washington State residents who are considering ending their marriage will inevitably have a multitude of questions going through their minds. Many are personal, but financial issues cannot be ignored. Whether it is a high asset divorce or involves spouses of more modest means, keeping track of the finances is imperative.

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