Everett Family Law Blog

Judge issues warrant in custody and parenting case

While every divorce is unique because no two Washington families are exactly the same, certain issues are common among those who choose to end their marriages. For instance, in custody and parenting agreements, both parents must fully adhere to court orders pertaining to all child-related issues in their divorce. Failing to adhere can prompt a judge to take action, such as in a case in another state where an arrest warrant has been issued for the father of a 4-year-old boy.  

The judge in this particular case has expressed frustration that the father in question has refused to return his son to the state of jurisdiction, despite the court's six separate orders to do so. In response to the father's apparent disregard for the court's orders, the judge has issued a warrant for his arrest. Officials say that once the arrest takes place, the man will be brought back to the state via a private system used to transport prisoners.  

Ways your military divorce might differ from a civilian divorce

Divorce is generally difficult for most couples due to the high level of emotions involved combined with the need to make life-altering decisions. For example, you and your spouse will have to decide if one of you will keep the house in Everett or sell it and divide the proceeds.

You will also have to make decisions regarding custody issues and dividing other marital assets. However, if you or your spouse are members of the military, you could face some different issues than those civilian couples must deal with.

Washington community property laws and asset division in divorce

There are many concerns people have to deal with in the initial stages of a Washington divorce. Your living circumstances may soon change. You may worry about what will happen to your social circle. Other concerns, like child custody, will vary depending on the circumstances of your marriage.

One relatively universal concern involves how the courts will divide assets and debts. Unless you and your spouse signed a prenuptial agreement or have agreed to an uncontested divorce, the courts will have the ultimate say in who gets what from your marriage. While it is difficult to predict actual outcomes, you can better understand likely results by learning about Washington's community property laws.

Talking to kids about divorce

Many Washington couples are likely contemplating ending their marriages, and some have children of various ages. Divorce itself is stressful but can be even more so when kids are involved. A lot of parents worry about how to explain their situations to their kids without placing too heavy a burden on them.  

The way a parent discusses the topic of divorce with children depends on the ages and maturity levels of each child. In fact, several children could be in the same age group but be quite different from each other regarding emotional or intellectual maturity, which, in turn, would impact a parent's approach to the topic. It is generally best to keep all divorce-related discussions simple and as basic as possible.  

How to know if shared custody is best option in a divorce

Washington fans of the TV reality show "Real Housewives of Orange County" may be aware that one of the show's stars, Alexis Bellino, has been going through an emotional upheaval in her personal life. The situation was prompted by her husband's filing for divorce in June. The couple had been married for more than a decade at that time and have three children together.

While Bellino's divorce has made news headlines, the former spouses issued a public statement, stressing their mutual love and respect for each other and informing their fans that they have amicable agreed to share custody of their children. There are several factors that lend themselves toward a successful shared custody arrangement. Those in Washington who are wondering if such an arrangement would work in their situations can refer to Bellino's divorce as an example.

Plan for holidays while drafting your parenting agreement

Your parenting plan should be clear and concise with regard to certain topics that could explode into a co-parenting nightmare after your divorce. While you do want to provide a certain amount of flexibility in your parenting agreement, it may be better to make permanent arrangements for issues like holiday planning in advance of signing your divorce settlement.

When planning for how you will divide your holidays, here are a few points to consider:

Litigation alternatives: Divorce options outside the courtroom

Many Washington spouses, especially those who are parents together, are currently preparing for divorce. Some want to settle the terms of their agreements without going to court, if possible. Thankfully, there are typically litigation alternatives available for doing so, including mediation and arbitration. 

Alternative dispute resolution systems like these are not for everyone, however. Spouses who can barely be in the same room without fighting may want to settle their divorces through litigation. This is because both mediation and arbitration hinge upon amicable discussion and willingness to cooperate compromise in order to succeed. If parents disagree about custody issues, for instance, and are unable to negotiate a fair and agreeable co-parenting plan, it may be best to leave such decisions to the court.  

Can you predict who will get the home in your Washington divorce?

There is a popular saying that home is where the heart is. From a financial standpoint, your home is probably where much of your money lines up. Between the costs of paying your mortgage and updating or upgrading the house, a lot of the income from your marriage likely went directly into your marital home. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise then, that many couples fight over the home as they move through the divorce process.

Understanding how Washington law handles assets and looking at your situation can help you determine the most likely outcomes in your divorce. However, barring an ironclad prenuptial agreement, there is no concrete way to predict how the courts will rule.

Washington spouses may relate to Donald Trump, Jr.'s divorce

Many Washington spouses encounter challenges when they decide to end their marriages. Such challenges are often related to child custody matters, property division or financial issues. When spouses disagree about a particular topic, it often leads to a contested divorce, such as that of Donald Trump, Jr. and his estranged wife, Vanessa.  

The former Trump couple has five children together. When their initial petition was filed in court (by then Mrs. Trump), it was reportedly an uncontested divorce. Since then, certain financial issues have arisen that the two have been unable to resolve. Some say the problems have something to do with the mother of five's personal inheritance, said to be worth millions. The inheritance was part of Vanessa Trump's late father's final will and testament.  

Make your children the center of your custody decisions

Most parents understand that divorce is difficult for the children involved. In fact, some couples stay married for years despite having unhealthy relationships just to protect the kids from growing up in broken homes. Unfortunately, living in households with parents who fight constantly isn't going to do kids any favors.

If you know that your marriage is about to end, it is natural to worry about how your children will react. After you and your spouse have already discussed splitting up, this could be a good time to discuss child custody.

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