Relationship patterns have changed. Those changes, including more and more couples living together before marriage, have had a profound impact on family law issues such as division of assets, child support, spousal support and equitable distribution in the case of dissolution.
Couples in Washington state, whether in domestic partnerships or simply living together, will be interested to know that marriage, increasingly, is not a prerequisite for legal contracts resembling prenuptial agreements.
The Washington Supreme Court issued a ruling last week that upholds family court judges' discretion in appointing attorneys to children who might be removed from their families in child custody proceedings.
Washington state pet owners who are considering dissolution of marriage will be interested to know that they are not alone in wanting to consider the best interests of their animal companions.
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.
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.