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What is alimony and how is it determined in Washington State?

A common concern among people ending a marriage is how much alimony will be paid from the supporting spouse to the supported spouse. When it comes to family legal issues, this is one that constantly arises and is in dispute. Frequently, people who are getting a divorce will disagree on what should be paid -- if anything at all. The law is clear but flexible regarding alimony and this is true whether it's a high asset divorce or a divorce of more modest means.

Understanding the process of adoption in Washington State

Family law issues can be complicated in Washington State and it's important to understand the various factors that go into certain goals. One in particular is adoption. While it's a noble endeavor to take in a child who needs a home and loving family, there are legal hurdles that have to be overcome to complete the process successfully. Adoptive home study is one part that requires attention.

Wise strategies in a high asset divorce

People in Spokane who are ending a marriage and face the complication of a high asset divorce need to keep many things in mind as the proceeding moves forward. There are many issues that will arise and might be in dispute such as property division, how much will be paid in alimony, if there is a disagreement over custody of children and how much will be paid to the custodial parent for their upkeep. There are important tips that people who are taking part in a divorce with a vast amount of assets at stake need to pay attention to.

Important facts about grandparents' rights and visitation

In Spokane and across the state of Washington, there are often issues related to custody and visitation of children that might go beyond a normal parent-child relationship. In some instances, there is a grandparent who is trying to establish grandparents' rights to be able to see a child when they are being prevented from doing so. In situations such as this, it's imperative to understand the state laws before moving forward with a case.

Judge issues decision in high-profile high asset divorce

In Washington State and across the country, there are a number of differences between a conventional set of family legal issues when a couple chooses to end their marriage and what is in dispute with a high asset divorce. Any divorce will have its difficulties due to property division, child custody concerns, spousal support and numerous other factors that will arise. If there are substantial assets that were part of the marriage, it's likely that both sides will do whatever they can to get as much as possible.

Can Washington State DCS help in a child custody issue?

A common issue that arises for couples who have parted ways in Washington State has to do with child support and custody. It is important to know the proper procedures and what the DCS can and cannot do before moving forward. People frequently wonder where they should turn in if there is a dispute with child support, custody or other family legal issues. Often, they make the mistake of thinking they should contact the Division of Child Support (DCS). DCS does not have the legal right to intervene in these situations.

Common financial issues in dispute during a divorce

When a couple in Spokane decides to part ways and get a divorce, there are many issues that will come to the forefront. In some instances, there are significant assets that have to be split. A high asset divorce has numerous pitfalls that both sides would prefer to avoid. An equitable property division is obviously the goal, but considering that there will be numerous issues in dispute, that's not always possible. Couples might disagree about everything and want to get exactly what they feel entitled to. This can lead to frequent fears and concerns that must be assuaged to the satisfaction of all.

Not following court orders may cost you more than you think

No matter where you live, whether it's here in Washington or another state, judges take court orders very seriously. This is true even if the order comes from another jurisdiction. That's because, just as we have to follow the direction of the courts, judges have to follow the law; and if the law is specific about enforcing a court order, they too must abide by it.

Can I still claim my stepkids on my tax return if I get divorced?

Consider for a moment this situation: you are the stepparent to your spouse’s children. During the course of the marriage you are considered the main provider and therefore are entitled to the Head of Household status on your tax return. But during the course of a year, you and your spouse decide to get a divorce. In years past, you have claimed your stepchildren on your taxes; but because of your divorce, are you still able to claim them?

How do the courts view pets in the divorce process?

Most people consider their pets a part of the family and wouldn’t give them up for anything in the world. But while this sentiment is heartwarming to say the least, it is also problematic in cases of divorce. That’s because, when it comes time to split property, most spouses often refuse to relinquish their right to custody of a pet. Each spouse sees the pet as a family member to which visitation and custody should be assigned.

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