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Focus on logic, not emotion, when you are going through a divorce

There is almost nothing more heartbreaking than finding out that the marriage you fought for is over. When you are facing a divorce, it is time to stop focusing on the couple and start focusing on you. We realize that this is easier said than done, but you must find a way to do just that.

Divorce and separation serve different purposes

When you and your spouse aren't getting along any longer, you might decide to end the relationship. There are a few ways that you can do this. You might decide to have a trial separation or a permanent separation. You may decide that you are getting a divorce. These are all very different arrangements.

Important factors of high-asset divorce cases

Property division, tax consequences and spousal support are often contentious issues in any divorce. However, these issues become even more complicated when divorcing couples have highly valuable assets. Due to the unique and high-stakes nature of divorcing with complex assets, high-net-worth individuals should carefully consider and evaluate these factors.

(Redmond/Family Law) Divorce + Retirement Plan = Uh Oh!

Dealing with a long term marriage (25 years or more) in a divorce can be a tricky subject. After years of comingling of funds and perhaps a major disparity in education and employment, what is "fair" in Washington may be wholly different than the end result in a different state. Over the last decade, Washington Courts have focused Family Law matters and divorces on equality. Not necessarily giving 50-50 shares equally to both spouses. Rather, the Courts will do its best to put both spouses on equal footing. The pivotal case in this regard was In re Marriage of Rockwell, 141 Wn. App. 235 (2007). The end result was providing an unequal 60/40 split of the assets including retirement toward the wife.

(Redmond/Family Law) Divorces of the Rich and Famous

This is Divorces of the Rich and Famous! No, I'm not Robin Leach, but many potential divorcees try to abuse the system when it comes to their child support. Generally speaking, children of divorce are entitled to continue the lifestyle they enjoyed while their parents were married. In Family Law cases across the country it is not uncommon for hedge fund managers and celebrities to seek hundreds of thousands to even millions of dollars in child support.

(Redmond/Family Law) The Un-"Contested" Divorce

From time to time, I will get a call from someone asking about the costs of an uncontested divorce. This is a very simple question with a very elaborate and lawyerly answer. First and foremost, it depends. Prices may vary depending on whether there are children, a boatload of debt, or even a boatload of boats. The most common cost increase for uncontested divorces is that - in the end - the divorce is actually contested and the parties don't realize it yet. The notion of an uncontested divorce in Family Law is a misnomer as it is a true rarity in the field.

(Redmond/Family Law) Dividing Community Property

Washington is one of nine states (mostly on the west coast) that follow community property laws when it comes to Estate Planning. This is important to note because it will wholly affect the way you and your loving spouse choose to draft your wills and other estate planning documents. But, what if your loving spouse no longer loves you? These community property laws are also incredibly helpful to understand for purposes of Family Law. For example, if you purchase a home during your marriage, community property helps the judge determine who owns the equity after a divorce.

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