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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.

NOTE TO CONSIDER FOR BABY BOOMERS ENTERING NEW RELATIONSHIPS

Dating isn't what it used to be in Washington or elsewhere in the country. In many cases, couples are now meeting through online dating services such as Match.com. There are even dating websites that now cater to older adults, including SilverSingles.com and dating.aarp.org.

Medical marijuana user wins child-custody battle

Most Washington parents would agree that spending time with their children is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Due to unforeseen circumstances, however, such a simple task can prove to be a huge challenge for some parents, especially those who are divorced. In these instances, parental relocation and child custody arrangements can be major barriers for individuals hoping to spend time with their children. While some divorced parents agree to share parenting plans and establish a residential schedule in which the child spends time with both parents, others face a drawn-out court battle over child custody itself.

Bill may enable Washington men to escape paying child support

Child support guidelines in Washington take into account the income of both parents while calculating the amount. When applicable, courts may also choose to deviate from these guidelines. The need for deviating may arise from special circumstances of a divorce, child support modification proceedings or paternity claims. However, in recent times, considering the court's bias in awarding child support to a mother, there have been various calls to bring about a change in the system.

Is it time for Washington State to have a separate family court?

In Washington, lawsuits related to bankruptcy, maritime and copyright disputes are heard by judges considered experts in their respective fields. While nearly 40 percent of cases in Washington's courts are related to family law, these family law issues are not always heard by a judge considered an expert in the subject.

Divorcing couples in Washington may consider retirement benefits

Divorce can change a person's life entirely. It is difficult for couples to part ways, but the seriousness of the situation increases when older couples are involved. These couples may have lived together for many years and may have adapted to a certain way of handling life and finances. Residents of Spokane, Washington, may have met some people who divorced later in life and are adjusting to their new lives.

Steve Nash contesting child support amount

Spokane residents who have been in family court understand the emotions that can envelop the courtroom. Every emotion from sorrow to rage is found, and many times, judges are forced to rule on difficult cases. Family law courts deal with everything to custody issues, to modification and visitation. There can be lengthy and fierce battles that take long periods of times and are emotionally exhausting.

Supreme Court likely may decide same-sex marriage cases

Same-sex couples in Washington state who have already married or intend to marry will be interested to know that the U.S. Supreme Court is increasingly likely to address the issue of gay marriage soon. A decision from the high court would have a huge impact on family law questions all over the United States.

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