Articles: Family Law

The Disappearing Maintenance Benefit

Posted on February 19, 2018 by Miriam Gordon

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 >

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

Posted on June 30, 2017 by Miriam Gordon

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 >

Trending: Prenuptial Agreements Between Millennials

Posted on December 28, 2016 by Hillary Collyer

According to a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), there is an increase in the number of Millennials requesting prenuptial agreements. This rise in Millennials interested in prenups corresponds with an overall increase in the number of clients of all ages seeking prenups. However, a December 21, 2016 opinion piece in Read more >

‘Tis the Season for … Divorce?

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Miriam Gordon

Interestingly, divorce filings peak in Washington State in the months of March and August—as revealed in a recent University of Washington study. Sociology professor Julie Brines and doctoral candidate Brian Serafini researched divorce filings in Washington State to investigate the effects of recession on marital stability. The pair looked through court records over a 14-year Read more >

Negotiating Your Prenuptial Agreement

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Christopher Yoson

If a prenuptial agreement is on your wedding planning checklist, you should ensure that you begin the process well in advance of your wedding date to leave enough time to thoroughly negotiate all of the terms that will be included. A thoughtful and unhurried negotiation can help ensure that the agreement you eventually sign will Read more >

Your Post-Divorce To Do List

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Miriam Gordon

The judge has signed your final decree of dissolution and you are now officially divorced. You probably feel a sense of relief, along with a slew of other emotions, and you are ready to start the next chapter of your life. Before you put your divorce behind you, there are few things you should do Read more >