Most of the time when parents split up, Washington state courts try to encourage both parents to continue to play an active role in their child's life. Judges will often ask that the parents do their best to come up with an agreeable parenting plan that will serve the needs of the children and fit in with the new family dynamic. While the court will make outright decisions in these matters, parents should sort through as many of the details themselves.
Washington children with parents whose marriages end are suddenly faced with a new reality. Explaining divorce and child custody arrangements to kids requires being familiar with how a split will affect the younger members of the family.
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.