Washington state law recognizes that grandparents have some rights to see their grandchildren, but these rights are more limited than parental rights.
When a married couple decides to end their marriage, the experience can be painful and emotional. Unfortunately, the legal process of divorce can sometimes make that worse, by encouraging an adversarial relationship. The traditional litigation model of divorce often pits one party against the other, with each side trying to get the better end of a deal. In many cases, this drags out the process longer, and leaves both sides unhappy. The result isn't great for anyone's mental health, but it is especially dangerous if the couple has children.
Substance abuse is all too common across our country, including here in Washington. While drug issues can wreak havoc on an individual's life, substance abuse can also have a ripple effect that touches nearly every aspect of an abuser's life. This includes their children, which is why substance abuse issues often come up in the context of child custody disputes.
When we hear that a couple is separated, we may just assume that they are no longer married for all practical purposes. Legally speaking, however, separation is different from divorce. In the state of Washington, under RCW 26.09, you and your spouse may legally separate instead of dissolving your marriage, but you are not required to file for separation before you file for divorce.
Divorcing couples with children often find it difficult to agree when it comes to the care and well-being of the children post-divorce. We've all heard the stories of parents arguing over which parent is best suited to meet a child's needs and how much time a child should spend with each parent. Even when a child custody agreement is reached, in or out of court, there can still be a lot of tension between the parents, which in turn affects the children.
Before you tie the knot, you and your spouse may consider signing a prenuptial agreement. While no one likes to think about the end of a marriage before it begins, a prenup can protect you and your spouse if the unthinkable happens.
Divorcing from a long-term spouse can be extremely difficult, particularly if you have been in the public eye for many years. Former Alaskan governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is now facing divorce from her husband of 31 years, Todd Palin. The couple has been married since 1988 and have five children together, including an 11-year-old son with Down Syndrome.
As summer comes to an end, many couples make the decision to end their marriage. A study by the University of Washington shows that divorce rates generally peak in August. Divorce attorneys often find that people who discussed divorce with them during the fall or spring months come back in August with the intent of moving forward with the plan.
As a married couple in Washington, you and your spouse likely got used to a certain lifestyle and learned to manage your finances together. If divorce is in your imminent future however, you may have to make certain changes to ensure you can maintain your financial stability post-divorce.
Even when a divorce is amicable, it can be difficult for couples in Spokane to come to an agreement on child custody arrangements, property division and other common divorce issues. Brandon Jenner, son of Caitlyn Jenner and Linda Thompson, and Leah Jenner, daughter of Eagles guitarist Don Felder, were married for six years before deciding to divorce in September 2018. Brandon and Leah recently reached a divorce settlement, with July 15 listed as their official date of divorce.