It’s that time of year…gearing up for the holidays.  It should be fun until it becomes a battle of the Ex’s. Jealousies and old hurts often surface when facing missing a special day with your kids because this year it’s Ex’s turn to have Thanksgiving.  There is no getting around this, it’s human nature, and […]

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I want to remind those going through a divorce or separation the importance of taking care of yourselves. We so easily forget to nourish our bodies and souls when we are scared and stressed. Keeping up family traditions and not isolating ourselves helps. I still struggle in my post divorce arrangement with my ex and […]

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I understand the feeling of being “stuck” in a marriage, when a parent is at home with young children, maybe has removed him or herself from the workforce and wants a divorce. The economic reality of the non-earner can be scary. Often these clients do not even know how they will pay an attorney even […]

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Parties facing an intended relocation is one of the most difficult issues family law practitioners face. There are many different nuances and strategies depending on the facts of the case. We get many calls asking if it is considered kidnapping to take a child out if state and the answer is different depending on the […]

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Divorce never feels “fair” or “just” in most cases, neither party feels they walk away with what they deem “rightfully theirs”. Usually that is because there is simply not enough money and/or assets and there are usually debts to be divided. Washington is a community property state and anything acquired post date of marriage, positive […]

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It’s tax season, only two days to go! Here is my office preparing to file, it’s a lot of work but necessary. My humble advice to married couples is to do your taxes together and understand them fully. That one document forces you to face your financial reality whether it be good or bad. The […]

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My client’s sometime experience frustration when they want firm answers on Spousal Support (alimony). Our wonderful state does not have a set formula to calculate spousal support. The amount and duration is at the discretion of the court with statutory guidelines. We practicing family law attorneys WISH we had a formula that we could plug […]

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Here’s to my strong women client’s getting through very difficult times. I gain strength helping you during this transition and try to offer you something in return. I sincerely hope I offer a light at the end of the tunnel and help diminish the fear! Not to forget those men who support us but today […]

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A common issue in property division during a divorce is when, at what point in time, is the property valued? Should the asset be valued at time of separation or time of settlement/trial? And the answer in King County is often “it depends”. Our statute gives the court broad discretion in dividing debts and assets […]

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