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Important points to include in your parenting agreement

Washington couples don't have to go to court to finalize their child custody agreements and parenting plans. In fact, most can be completed outside of court once both parents see eye to eye. All that's required is for a family court judge to approve of the agreement as the final step.

To get the judge's approval -- and to prevent a problem later on down the road -- parents need to draft their child custody agreements carefully.

It's a must to set divorce mediation goals

As you learn more about the divorce process, you may reach a point when you realize that things are about to get tricky. With this in mind, you need to prepare for anything and everything that could come your way.

If you're moving forward with divorce mediation, don't hesitate to set goals early on in the process. Doing so will go a long way in helping you understand the steps you should take and what to expect along the way.

What does the divorce mediation process entail?

As you move closer to divorce, there could come a point when you realize that mediation is the best way to make your way to the finish line.

As long as the other individual is willing to give mediation a try, you will find yourself in position to use this process to your advantage. With the right approach, mediation will give you more control while also saving you time and money.

Mediation can reduce the amount you spend on divorce

You don't want to spend all your hard-earned savings on your divorce. You know you and your ex can work together to come up with a solution to anything that needs to be worked out. You want to save your money and end your divorce in a peaceful way.

Your ex is on the same page, but despite that, still has some demands that you can't agree with. What can you do to get through this? You can try mediation.

A parenting agreement can help with child custody concerns

If you and your spouse decide to divorce, you know that this could have an impact on many parts of your life. This includes the way you raise your child.

Before we go any further, it's important to always remember that you need to do whatever is in the best interest of your child. There is nothing more important than this.

Divorce mediation and complex assets

When a couple who has not been married very long and does not have many assets, liabilities or children chooses to divorce, the process is relatively straightforward. However, for couples who have been together for some time and especially for those who have significant assets, divorce is rarely simple, even if both spouses want it to be.

With complex assets like real estate, businesses, or investments and retirement accounts, finding a truly fair way to divide them is a serious task, and not often an easy one. Unfortunately, it's not a part of the divorce process you can really choose to skip.

Military service doesn't mean you can't have custody of a child

There are many challenges associated with military life. One of the impacts that some people might not think about right away is how being in the service can affect child custody.

Gone are the days when military service meant that a person couldn't have custody of their children. Now, military members don't have to choose between having custody of their children or continuing their military service. Instead, they will need to create a family care plan.

Yes, you can have a simple divorce

We've all heard the horror stories of devastating divorces, or possibly witnessed our own family and friends go through them. However, the truth of the matter is that divorce does not have to be mean or messy, or even particularly time-consuming.

If you and your spouse are both committed to pursuing an amicable divorce, the good news is that you can have it. Most of the reasons that divorce gets messy stem from spouses' unwillingness to remain calm and reasonable about the process, or allowing the emotional weight of the situation to overwhelm their interactions.

Divorce mediation ensures military divorce stays fair

When one or both spouses in a divorce also serve in the military, the situation can go from complicated to adversarial quickly. Furthermore, the time commitment innately involved in serving our country make it all the more difficult to properly participate in the process, leaving one or both sides feeling unable to communicate what they need or deserve.

In addition to the strains that civilians experience in a divorce, military life can leave very little time to negotiate a fair settlement that recognizes both parties' rights.

What should a military member think about for child custody?

Parents who are serving in the military are in a tough spot. They have the duties to their country that they have to meet, but they also have the responsibilities of a parent.

When a parent is on active duty and the child's other parent decides that the relationship is over, the service member might have a moment of shock. If you are in this position, you will soon realize that you need to take action to protect your relationship with your child.


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