Everett Family Law Blog

Daughter of deceased rap star focus of custody and parenting case

Many Washington residents are rap music fans who joined in mourning with others throughout the country when Nipsey Hussle was shot to death at his own clothing store on the West Coast. The singer, activist and entrepreneur was the father of a 10-year-old girl and her 2-year-old half-sibling. It is the older child who is the central focus on a recently filed custody and parenting case.

The situation involves the child's paternal aunt. She has petitioned the court for legal guardianship of her niece. In her petition, she has stated that she does not believe the child's biological mother is able to be a fit parent.

The difficulties of divorce during pregnancy

Being pregnant should be a joyful and exciting time, but if you are dealing with problems in your marriage, you may be stressed and fearful about the future of your family. Before taking action to file for divorce, you should evaluate the ways this could both help and hinder your situation.

Choosing whether to file for a divorce is a decision only you can make. If the relationship that you are in is abusive or makes you fearful, you should always take the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of yourself and your unborn child. If you are concerned about the financial and custodial implications of a divorce while pregnant, you should make the following considerations before filing for divorce.

Prepare for divorce by getting your paperwork in order

You'll have a lot going through your mind as you prepare for divorce. From questions about property division to child custody concerns, you'll always have another item on your to-do list.

There are many steps you can take to prepare for divorce, and getting your paperwork in order should be at the top of your list. Once you do this, you'll feel better about your ability to move forward in a concise and efficient manner.

Custody and parenting: Make sure your plan includes summer terms

When Washington parents file for divorce, it is common to encounter challenges regarding family issues, such as where the children will live and how their financial needs will be met in the future. No two custody and parenting situations are exactly the same. The good thing is that co-parents may tailor their agreements to fit their own circumstances and ultimate post-divorce goals.

Problems often arise during summer months because many co-parents neglect to incorporate specific terms and instructions for the eight or so weeks when their children are on vacation from school. It is quite common for both co-parents to work full-time outside their homes, which can make it tricky to devise a plan that fits in with both work schedules while providing for the daily supervision needs of the children involved. There are several things parents can do to avoid summer stress in a co-parenting situation.

The results of the Bezos divorce are in

Many people across the country have been following the headlines regarding Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos' divorce from MacKenzie Bezos. Readers in this state may have been especially interested because the divorce was filed in a Washington court. This state is one of nine in the country that operate under community property division laws.

As is often the case when a celebrity is involved, the media published a lot of controversial stories regarding possible infidelity and other matters that most spouses would prefer to have kept private. In the end, however, both Bezos and his ex published posts online stating they were satisfied with their final settlement. Many business analysts worried about the possible negative effect the divorce might have on Bezos' Amazon empire.

Mediation can help you and your ex file an uncontested divorce

There are two major financial concerns in divorce. The first obviously is the requirement to split the majority of your assets with your ex. That can substantially diminish your personal holdings. The second financial issue relates to the cost of the divorce itself.

The longer and more drawn-out the divorce battle becomes, the more money you and your ex will have to invest to pay for court fees and the time of your Everett attorneys. If both you and your ex would prefer to minimize the cost of your divorce and reduce the financial consequences of ending your marriage, filing for an uncontested divorce is surely the best solution.

Washington divorce: Things to know about property division laws

There are many things that help make Washington unique. For instance, many people travel here to learn about Mount St. Helens and other volcanoes that line the state. There are also more glaciers in this state than any other. In addition to geographical features, there is another particular issue that makes this state unique; it is one of only nine states in the country that operate under community property laws in divorce.

The term, "marital assets" typically refers to all interests and possessions spouses have acquired during marriage. In a community property state, the court considers nearly all property jointly owned by both spouses. This can be a real game-changer when it comes to property division proceedings in divorce.

Child support change in Kardashian custody and parenting case

Washington readers who enjoy following news of their favorite Hollywood stars may be quite familiar with a contentious battle that has been ongoing between Rob Kardashian and the mother of his 2-year-old daughter. The toddler's mom, Blac Chyna, had been receiving $20,000 per month in child support to provide for her daughter's needs. The former couple's custody and parenting case has finally been resolved, and Kardashian is reportedly quite happy with the outcome. 

The judge overseeing the case ruled that Kardashian no longer has to pay child support at all. Instead, the parents will share custody for their daughter 50/50. The parent who has custody at any given time will be obligated to provide for the child's financial needs. Perpetual expenses, such as those pertaining to education or medical care, will be divided evenly between the two parents.

Am I owed more child support if my co-parent is self-employed?

Calculating child support payments is known to be one of the more straightforward procedures of all family law issues. However, in some circumstances, even this has the potential to become complex, and you may want to take action to modify the child support payments.

If you have primary custody of your child and you are receiving child support from the other parent, the payments that you will be subject to are likely to be based on the reported income of the other parent. If the other parent receives a stable income from a single employer, this should be straightforward. However, if they are self-employed, their reported income might be significantly different from reality. Additionally, their income may shift dramatically from month to month.

Dividing debt during divorce is a common concern

Marriages can end for a number of reasons. One of the most common contributory factors for marital problems is disagreements regarding money. If you and your spouse have different philosophies about money and how to manage it, this can cause deep-rooted issues, and can ultimately lead to the break down of a marriage.

In addition to money disagreements having the potential to contribute to divorce, these disagreements can lead to financial concerns and divorce complications. This is particularly true if you have been struggling with debt during your marriage.

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