11 03, 2015

Financial Abuse and Exploitation of Older Adults

The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) reports1 that financial abuse and exploitation is a rapidly increasing form of elder abuse in the United States. Financial elder abuse occurs anytime another individual wrongfully or fraudulently takes money or property from an elderly adult. Financial abusers can be strangers, caretakers, or even trusted family members or […]

5 03, 2015

The “Best Interests of the Child” Standard

Child custody questions may arise out of divorces, paternity suits, or later issues if a parent’s capabilities are questioned or a parent wishes to modify an existing custody arrangement. Courts will make child custody decisions based on what is in the “best interest of the child.” What factors does a court consider? Washington law requires […]

17 02, 2015

Reasons To Consider a Prenuptial Agreement

When you are getting married, it is likely that you expect the marriage to last a lifetime and chances are slim that you want to plan ahead for a divorce. For this reason, many couples opt to not draft a prenuptial agreement1 (also known as a premarital agreement or “prenup”). While a prenuptial agreement is […]

5 02, 2015

Child Support Modifications in Washington

Child support orders are based on calculations involving the income and qualified expenses of each parent and a specific schedule set out by state law.1 However, as we all know, income and expenses can change significantly over time. If one or both parents experience such a change before the child reaches age 18, the existing […]

3 02, 2015

Types of Guardianship Disputes

When an adult becomes incapacitated, they may require another individual to make legal decisions for them. Guardians can handle personal, legal, and financial affairs, as well as making decisions for physical health and well-being. The court must approve a guardianship and the guardianship usually remains effective until the incapacitated person regains competency or passes away.  […]

15 01, 2015

Who Is Responsible For Student Loans After Divorce?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has reported1 that individuals in the United States owe more than $1 trillion in federal student loan debt. Because so many people have taken out loans to fund their education, it is not a surprise that numerous married couples are repaying student loans for at least one spouse, if […]

31 12, 2014

Divorce & Mediation

Seattle Divorce & Mediation Attorney How can a mediator help with my divorce? Ending your marriage is not as simple as just requesting that the court grant a divorce. There are many different issues that must be settled before a court will officially dissolve your marriage. These issues include how you will divide your property, […]

4 12, 2014

Stay off Social Media during your Divorce

These days, almost everyone has a social media presence. Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or any other similar site, the information that you post can often be seen by a large number of people. If you are going through a divorce, you should always be extremely careful about anything you post on any […]