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Joint custody not always best for children after divorce

Many readers know that, historically, it has been easier for mothers to obtain custody of their children in divorce due to the presumption that it is usually in the best interests of children to be in the care of their mother, the primary caregiver. While states have moved away from this presumption, fathers have had a difficult time asserting their rights in the court system in custody cases.

Consult with financial, legal experts on divorce-related financial matters

Divorce can be a frustrating process financially speaking, as some of our readers may know from experience. Not only is there the stress of the extra expenses associated with the breakup of a marriage, there are also the costs of divorce itself and the division of assets and liabilities. In the midst of all there, there are also taxes that need to be paid.                           

How do courts divide assets and debts in Washington? P.2

In our last post, we began looking at how property division works here in Washington. As we noted, this state uses a community property approach which does not presume a 50-50 split of property and liabilities, but rather calls for a just and equitable division under the specific circumstances of the case.

How do courts divide assets and debts in Washington?

Property division, along with custody matters, is one of the biggest areas of contention couples typically have to navigate in divorce. And this makes sense, given that couples are very often unable to agree on how they will split up their property and debts as their marriage ends. Couples who have the foresight can take control of property division by negotiating a prenuptial agreement, but many couples choose not to do advance planning in this area.

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