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How to rebuild life following family law proceeding of divorce

The process of getting divorced in Washington is a lot like going on a wild roller coaster ride. Unfortunately, this type of family law proceeding can leave a person feeling helpless and as though his or her life is spinning out of control. However, a couple of tips may help a divorcing individual to more quickly rebuild his or her life following divorce.

Family law: Protecting a business in the event of divorce

When a couple marries, neither spouse thinks divorce will ever happen to them. Unfortunately, many couples do find themselves dealing with the end of their relationship at some point and turn to a family law attorney to help them with the difficult process of untangling all aspects of their marriage. Divorcing Washington couples who own or co-own a business have even more to think about while they work through the divorce process. While divorce can negatively impact a business in many ways, married business owners can protect their business by understanding these impacts and preparing as much as possible.

More seniors going through family law proceeding of divorce

The process of getting divorced can happen to adults of all ages in Washington. However, research shows that divorce is becoming even more prevalent among older couples versus younger people. Senior citizens are increasingly choosing to go to family law court to end their marriages for a couple of reasons.

Family law: Protecting assets in the event of divorce

Most Washington couples in the process of dissolving their marriage, and people who have been through the divorce process, know that the division of assets often contributes to the stress felt at this time. It seems more and more married couples, particularly millennials, are choosing to keep their finances separate. However, according to divorce experts, married people who maintain separate accounts to avoid complications in the event of divorce are operating under a common misconception. A family law attorney can explain specific state laws, but essentially, people should never assume they will retain their own assets during divorce.

Family law: Gray divorce comes with different challenges

Many Washington residents probably think of the typical divorcing couple as young to perhaps middle-aged, but these days, more older people are deciding to end their marriages. In fact, reportedly, the divorce rate of people over 50 is on the rise, even while the overall divorce rate has declined in recent decades. This demographic trend has even spawned a new term: gray divorce. Since older divorcing couples often face hurdles different from those of younger couples, they are wise to consult with a family law attorney to help them through the divorce process.

Defying family law ruling is prosecutable crime

Winter is nearly over, and with spring on the horizon, parents are thinking of all the fun things they can do with their young children when warmer weather returns. Spending time with one's children is certainly important, but a person needs to be aware that, in situations in which an order from a court of family law is in place, a parent cannot just make other arrangements. A Washington mother is now facing criminal charges for doing just that. 

Family law: Navigating financial decisions during divorce

Washington couples who have decided to end their marriage know that the financial implications of such a decision can create significant challenges. As well, during a process that is, typically, already fraught with tension, many divorcing people may feel some anxiety at the thought of entering the area of family law, particularly those who are unfamiliar with the territory. With these points in mind, separating couples are smart to become as informed as possible about financial decisions that will affect their future, as well as any children from the marriage. Several financial experts offer advice to divorcing people to help reduce the inevitable stress and increase the chances of future financial security.

Reducing conflict through child custody mediation

When facing the end of a marriage, parents in Washington and across the nation may have concerns over how the process might affect their children. With a variety of topics to address concerning child custody, preparing for negotiations might seem somewhat stressful and intimidating. Parents who wish to protect the needs and interests of their kids while reducing the level of stress involved with the process could find it helpful to consider child custody mediation.

Using caution when posting on social media during a divorce

It may come as no surprise that going through the end of a marriage can be a stressful experience. Those who encounter a similar life change might not always be aware of how the decisions they make during this time could influence the outcome of the process. For instance, individuals in Washington who are facing a divorce may find it advisable to take care with what they post on social media outlets.

Taking steps to protect one's financial future during a divorce

Many individuals in Washington and across the nation may feel that maintaining a healthy financial future is an essential part of life. When facing a divorce, one may have concerns over how the outcome of the process will affect this aspect of life. Those who are facing the end of a marriage could benefit from seeking advice on how best to approach the financial aspects of divorce, as entering the process with a strategy in hand could prove imperative.