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February 2012 Archives

School shooting raises child custody questions in Washington

Family details are emerging about the life of a 9-year-old boy who allegedly accidentally shot a classmate in school in Port Orchard, Washington, last week. The classmate, an 8-year-old girl, was in critical condition after the shooting.

No federal tax deductions for same-sex spousal or child support

Washington state is the latest among several states that now recognize same-sex marriage, and family courts here will need to address the question of same-sex divorce. Same-sex marriages that have ended in divorce in other states are bringing to light complicated issues regarding the interaction of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and state law.

Revisiting child custody in light of Washington tragedy

As we all know, Washington state authorities were unable to protect two boys in a custody battle earlier this month. The family's social worker stood helplessly outside the locked doorway while the boys were inside with their father, who had been granted supervised visitation by the court. She called 911, but it was too late. The boys' father doused his house with gasoline and set it on fire, killing everyone inside. In the wake of this horrible tragedy, many states are now questioning their ability to protect children's rights and ensure their safety during custody disputes.

Texts, Facebook as evidence in Wash. family law court

Almost everyone has sent one emotionally-fueled e-mail that they regret. Or, maybe it was an angry, spur-of-the-moment text message or Facebook status update. As many in Washington state know, once you send such a message, it can be hard to take it back.

Washington state poised to OK gay marriage by Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day might mark more marriage proposals than usual in Washington this year. This is, of course, because the gay marriage bill was passed Wednesday night by the Washington State Senate and the House is expected to pass the legislation as early as next week.

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