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Collaborative Divorce Participation Agreements

By Washington State Family Law Lawyer Susan O’Toole | 1/26/2023
Last  month, this blog author discussed the basics of the Collaborative Law Process. In this entry, the details around the Collaborative Divorce Participation Agreement signed by the divorcing parties, their attorneys, and the other professionals involved in the case is discussed, as the Participation Agreement provides the parameters of the process. Collaborative Law Participation Agreement… Read More

Your New Place in 2023’s Gig Economy, And Its Effect on Your Divorce

Washington State Divorce & Family Law Lawyer Mackenzie O. Bretz | 1/25/2023
What is the Gig Economy? The Gig Economy is a work force supported by independent contractors, part time side hustles, online platform workers and alike. As a result, the workforce has become more independent, and work is increasingly done remotely. How does this affect child support or spousal support allocations? Someone who works primarily in… Read More

If I file for Divorce, Will My Spouse Pay My Attorney’s Fees?

Washington State Family Law Lawyer Anne B. Bennette | 1/23/2023
This is a question family law practitioners receive quite often, and the answer will assuredly be: ‘it depends.’  The basis for the Court to require a spouse to pay the other party’s  attorney fees are either ‘need and ability’ or ‘intransigence.’ Washington is a ‘no fault’ state.  This means that if a person files for… Read More

Fido and the Divorce

Washington State Divorce & Family Law Lawyer Mackenzie O. Bretz | 1/13/2023
For many of us, our pets are our babies. Whatever turmoil happens in our life, being separated from our animals is not an option. However, enforcing animal visitation in the years after a divorce is nearly impossible and can be very costly. The case of Sherman v. Kissinger affirmatively stated that Washington common law does… Read More

I have a Protection Order in Place Against my Former Partner, Must I Still Participate in ADR?

Washington State Divorce & Family Law Lawyer Mackenzie O. Bretz | 1/11/2023
Protection Order There are a few different types of protection order which can be entered for different reasons. Domestic Violence Protection Order Stalking Protection Order Anti-Harassment Protection Order Sexual Assault Protection Order Vulnerable Adult Protection Order What is ADR? ADR stands for Alternative Dispute Resolution, this can include mediation, arbitration, or a volunteer settlement conference.… Read More

Coming to Beresford Booth in 2023: Collaborative Divorce!

Washington State Family Law Lawyer Susan O’Toole | 12/21/2022
Attorneys with Beresford Booth recently completed comprehensive training on Collaborative Divorce and will be offering this option to their clients beginning in 2023. What is Collaborative Divorce? – The Facts Collaborative Divorce is NOT what you think it is. It is not divorcing people trying to work together, although that is part of it. It… Read More

The House Passes Respect for Marriage Act

Washington State Family Law Lawyer Anne B. Bennette | 12/8/2022
On December 8, 2022, the House passed the Respect for Marriage Act, which protects same-sex and interracial marriages at the federal level.  Following the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year to overturn Roe v. Wade, many interracial couples were concerned that Loving v. Virginia could similarly be overturned.   Same-sex couples were concerned that the rights… Read More

Fundamental Right to Parent

Washington State Family Law Lawyer Susan O’Toole | 9/28/2022
It may seem obvious, but many people do not realize that parenting is a fundamental right under the United States and Washington State Constitutions. One area that the fundamental right to parent can play out is in protection order hearings that involve children. If a parent applies for a protective order preventing the other parent… Read More