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How Does 'Imputed Income' Affect Child Support?

In Washington, as in other states, the family law courts order child support payments based (at least in part) on the parents' income levels. This means that whether you are seeking support payments or you are the one who has to pay, your income will play a direct role.

Should I keep a family home after a divorce?

If you're like most people, the word home is likely to stir up many strong emotions. A home is a sort of haven where you can be yourself while surrounded by the people and things that make you feel happy and comfortable. A home may also be the place where your children grew up and the scene to many important firsts in both their lives and yours.

Child support - what happens if you fail to pay in Washington?

When someone fails to make court ordered child support payments, does not pay spousal maintenance or alimony, or fails to follow a parenting plan that person can be found in contempt. Contempt is intentional disobedience of any lawful judgment, decree, order, or process of the court. A party can be held in contempt of court if he or she refuses to follow the requirements of a temporary or a final order.

Parenting plan and contempt of court

Whenever someone is not following a court order, such as, a parenting plan, an order of child support, a divorce decree, or even a temporary order that person can be found in contempt. There are other types of contempt, but I am addressing the contempt that frequently arises in the family law arena. Contempt of court occurs when a person intentionally disobeys a court order.

Child custody - not placing children in the middle of divorce

I came across this article and in my experience as a child custody lawyer, I thought it sound and necessary advice. And felt compelled to share this on my blog as it is a practical "to do" list for parents to review for themselves and with their children when going through a divorce.

Divorce - introducing a new love interest to the children

If you are going through a divorce or recently had your marriage dissolved, you may want to slow down on introducing the kids to your new love. There are several reasons why putting the brakes on a new relationship and taking things slow is ideal. First, divorce can be a difficult and painful process-especially for the spouse who was not ready to end the relationship. 

Co-Parenting when your ex bad-mouths you in front of the kids

Co-Parenting is difficult. Emotions run high when parties separate, especially if they are involved in a child custody dispute through a divorce or parentage action. When a relationship ends, hurt feelings about the other parent can trickle down to the kids. Intentional or not, negative comments about the other party made in front of the kids hurts them, not your ex. Here is an article with some helpful tips on how to handle your bad-mouthing ex. My Ex Keeps Tashing Me to the Kids! What Should I Do?

Child custody - are your children safe?

I had a dream that made me think about child custody issues. I went to pick up the kids and they were not where they were supposed to be. My family members and I searched frantically through the night driving to different places where we thought they might be.

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