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December 2016 Archives

Don't allow emotions to undermine settlement negotiations

Sometimes a marriage becomes so contentious that one or both parties simply want to get the divorce out of the way as quickly as possible. But if you are at the point that you cannot have your marriage in your rear-view mirror soon enough, you should probably ease your foot off the gas. It is understandable if you want to get on with your new life, but by rushing to get things wrapped up, you may inadvertently forfeit assets or property to which you are entitled. And this is especially true if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are in a high-income situation.

Single mothers dedicate high percentage of income to child care

While living in the great state of Washington has many wonderful advantages, it can also be very expensive. And perhaps no one is more aware of this than single mothers. A single mother not only has to shoulder much of the day-to-day responsibilities of raising a childĀ but also must handle a good portion of the financial duties as well.

How are IRA's handled in property division?

If you are planning on getting divorced in the near-future, it is a good time for both you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse to start itemizing your property and other assets. And if you have been part of the workforce for a number of years, you each may have been contributing to one or more retirement funds. It is possible that these funds have grown quite large and as such, you need to be very clear on the manner in which they should be handled for division purposes.

Child custody: The Brangelina way or your way?

Are you one of many people in Washington who keeps a close eye on celebrities and the ups and downs of their relationships? One of the most closely watched couples is Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. From the first rumors about a divorce a long time ago, until the shocking news that this couple finally filed for divorce in September, the scrutiny continues as rumors of Pitt abusing one or more of the children were quashed. Now, the focus is on who will have child custody and how will they arrange parenting and visitation.

Self-care is important for divorced parents during the holidays

If you are a divorced parent who enjoys taking an active part in your child's life, sharing time in a joint-custody arrangement can be a challenge. You no longer have the option of just walking into his or her room anytime for a chat or to help with homework. And you may even feel a void and wonder what to do with yourself now that you are under such limitations.

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