Articles: Family Law

The Disappearing Maintenance Benefit

Posted on February 19, 2018 by Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson

In a divorce, there are generally three types of payments that can be made between the divorcing parties. The first is considered an equalizing property transfer payment. For example, if, after the allocation of all real property, bank accounts, retirement accounts, and investment accounts, there is a disparate value between the parties, one party usually Read more >

DIY Divorce? Why Hiring an Attorney Might End Up Saving You in the Long-Run

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson

In today’s online world, more people are turning to the internet as a way to save money and find a do-it-yourself solution. You can watch YouTube videos explaining how to repair items around your house, do your own taxes through programs like TurboTax, and now there are online programs to walk you through the divorce Read more >

What’s the Difference Between a Legal Separation and Divorce in Washington State?

Posted on June 30, 2017 by Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson

Seattle elementary school teacher, Mary Kay Letourneau, infamous for her relationship with her 12-year-old sixth grade student back in 1996, recently made national headlines again. After serving multiple jail terms, Letourneau and her student, Vili Fualaau ultimately married in 2005. TMZ recently reported that Letourneau and Fualaau are legally separating. This begs the question, what Read more >

Checklist: Estate Planning Essentials During Your Washington Divorce

Posted on June 19, 2017 by Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson

If you’re currently weathering the stress of a divorce, the last thing you may be thinking about is updating your estate planning documents. Your divorce can have a major impact on your estate plan, however, with implications for you, your children, and those who depend on you. You should consider making the following updates to Read more >

Lessons from Brangelina: The Ugly Side of Allegations Made During a Divorce

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson

Last September it hit the social media circuit by storm: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were divorcing. The initial documents filed by Jolie were not pretty. Jolie requested sole physical custody of the couple’s children and made multiple allegations about Pitt’s parenting including claims of child abuse. Pitt responded by requesting an emergency order to Read more >