Divorce

What is the Difference Between Custody and Guardianship?

What is the Difference Between Custody and Guardianship?

Custody and guardianship both allow someone to care for a minor child. The main difference between the two is how they’re created. Keep reading to find out more. What is Custody? Custody is a family court order that allows someone to care for a minor child. One of the most common uses of custody is…

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Disinheriting a Child and Other Considerations of a Last Will and Testament

Disinheriting a Child and Other Considerations of a Last Will and Testament

Leaving your children out of your will is not a decision that is taken lightly. But sometimes there are considerations that you need to make that make it the more prudent decision to leave them out of your will. If you decide to disinherit children, it is something you should do as soon as you…

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Estate Planning After a Divorce: Parenting Plans, Guardianships and More

As a couple with a family, hopefully, you & your spouse have at least started the process of estate planning. If you are going through a divorce, however, these plans will probably need to change. You might even have to start over from the beginning of your estate-planning process. You will want to readdress items…

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How Does Divorce Impact Your Will Beneficiary Designations

Happily ever after rarely turns out how it is depicted on the big screen. It starts great, but over time there is trouble in paradise. Despite your best efforts, it might not work out. Divorce happens. And, if it is happening to you, you will want to know how it affects your will beneficiary designations….

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Four Benefits of Printing Out Your Guardianship Plan on Good Ol’ Paper

Four Benefits of Printing Out Your Guardianship Plan on Good Ol’ Paper

In today’s society, most things are done on the computer and saved to a hard drive.  Important documents are very rarely printed out and filed in a file cabinet or folder.  However, there are benefits to printing out legal documents including your guardianship plan. Here are four benefits of printing out your guardianship plan on…

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How Does A Meretricious Relationship Play Into An Estate Plan?

How Does A Meretricious Relationship Play Into An Estate Plan?

Regarding marriage, Washington state does not recognize common law. Instead, Washington State looks at a long-term, committed relationship as a meretricious relationship or cohabitation. Being in a meretricious relationship versus being legally married can affect what happens to your property and assets should one of you become disabled or die. What is a Meretricious relationship?…

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Estate Planning and Divorce: Incapacity, Death and Alimony Considerations

  If you are considering a divorce, it’s critical to understand the impact of your divorce on what would happen in the event of your incapacity or death, either during the divorce or after. Unfortunately, most divorce lawyers do not give any thought to incapacity or death, simply because they do not have training on…

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How Do I Appoint a Guardian For My Child If I Die?

How Do I Appoint a Guardian For My Child If I Die?

“My greatest fear, someone I don’t know raising my child… What if something happens to me, who is going to take care of my child?”   Who Would Raise Your Children If Something Happened to You? Honestly, no one wants to think about this question. It’s an implicit reminder that we are indeed mortal, and,…

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