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Discussing Divorce with Your Children - Do this Right!

Posted by Elise Buie | Feb 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Although going through a divorce is going to be difficult on every member of your family, it's very common for your children to take the news the hardest and to need the most time to come to grips with the reality of what is happening. While there is likely nothing that you can do to make thi...

6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Divorce Lawyer

Posted by Elise Buie | Feb 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Going through a divorce is exhausting. Hiring the right divorce attorney can make your life infinitely easier, you want to have the right person on your side when navigating these difficult waters. There are countless lawyers out there, finding the one that's right for you is worth a bit of inves...

Tips for Dads During a Divorce

Posted by Elise Buie | Feb 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Keep Records of Everything Keeping a record of everything that happens during the divorce process is always a good idea. Keep records of when you see your children, what you buy them, how much you're spending etc. If your wife decides to slander you via social media, record that as well b...

Major Pitfalls to Avoid During Divorce

Posted by Elise Buie | Feb 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Don't Make Big Purchases Unless your divorce has been finalized, it's unwise to make major purchases during the divorce process. It can be tempting to go out and get yourself something nice to make you feel better but this will only complicate the legal process and cause your problems down th...

5 Simple Ways to Be a Better Parent After Divorce

Posted by Elise Buie | Jan 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Set Aside Time for Your Kids Getting a divorce can be quite time consuming, and life after divorce can be equally as busy. Before you become too swamped, it's important to set aside time specifically for you and your children. Even if the day ahead of you is looking hectic, try to enjoy t...

Dealing with Divorce and Addiction

Posted by Elise Buie | Jan 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

The divorce process is already painful enough, having a spouse that is addicted to drugs or alcohol adds a whole new layer of challenges on top of this already tough situation. Your spouse's addiction may be something you've been dealing with for years, or it may have been the main reason behind ...

Can You Really “Win” Your Divorce?

Posted by Elise Buie | Jan 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Deciding to initiate a divorce can obviously be a stressful decision. The changes in living situations, division of assets, and custody agreements are just some of the things that make a divorce such a daunting and lengthy proposition to consider. Making these tough decisions and getting your thi...

Bridging the Gap Between Your Children and Your New Partner

Posted by Elise Buie | Jan 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Parents and their children have different challenges to face when a divorce happens and adapting to life with your new partner can be one of the hardest to face as a child. Your child has likely long-entertained the idea that you and your ex will get back together and realize that this was all ...

Tips to Help Co-Parent with a Hostile Ex

Posted by Elise Buie | Jan 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ideally, divorced parents would find it in themselves to be able to parent their children in a civil manner that puts their kids before themselves. This, as we all know, is not always the case and joint parenting efforts can turn ugly quickly. When this unfortunate truth becomes your reality, the...

No Court 4 Families 2025

Posted by Elise Buie | Aug 29, 2018 | 0 Comments The article outlines the initiative led by Karen Bonnell, author of The Co-Parents Handbook and the soon to be released, The Step Family Handbook.  Karen so succinctly states, "The adversarial, litigation proc...

Respect in Conflict Resolution

Posted by Elise Buie | Aug 01, 2018 | 0 Comments

As family law attorneys, we are involved in some of life's biggest conflicts.  Conflict is normal and expected in family law matters.  After all, there is a dispute over a relationship of some kind or we wouldn't be here.  When involved in a divorce, custody dispute or other matter, the parties a...

Spousal Maintenance and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)

Posted by Elise Buie | Jul 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Spousal maintenance payments are historically difficult to figure out in the course of divorce proceedings.  Each state has a distinct set of rules surrounding maintenance and is based on a variety of rationale.  Because the rationale behind an appropriate amount of payment can be subjective, mai...

Paternity Leave for Zuckerberg

Posted by Elise Buie | Jan 05, 2018 | 0 Comments

Experts understand that children do best when both parents work together to raise their children. Companies are increasingly allowing more generous paternity benefits as they recognize the need for fathers to be involved parents too. As stars like Zuckerberg publicly take paternity leave, they be...

Practical Guide to Step-Parent Adoption

Posted by Elise Buie | Jan 04, 2018 | 0 Comments

You are ready to make that big step from being “Step Parent” to Parent, congratulations! Adopting your step child can be a big step in any family, and requires planning and forethought. By adopting your step child, you are given the same rights and obligations you would have if the child had been...

The Family Home and Divorce

Posted by Elise Buie | Jan 02, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you are like the majority of people facing divorce, your family home is probably one of your largest assets. While each couple divides this asset in a way that works for their unique situation, there is some general information you should be aware of when it comes to your property. Bewar...

3 Ways to Make Yourself Happier Right Now

Posted by Elise Buie | Sep 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Happiness has to come from within. Money or a perfect relationship can ease stress day to day but the only thing that will bring you true happiness is yourself. This terrifying fact requires that you first take responsibility for your current state of happiness (or unhappiness). Accept yours...

What is a CR2A and Why Do I Want One?

Posted by Elise Buie | Sep 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Going through a Divorce? You probably want a CR2A, but what exactly is it? CR2A refers to Court Rule 2, a Washington State Civil Rule which governs enforceable agreements made out of court. Basically, if you sign an agreement during mediation, or prior to a trial; and your attorneys sign as well,...

Why you should probably let go of the idea of fairness

Posted by Elise Buie | Aug 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

  There is nothing fair about divorce. Whether you or your spouse initiated the divorce, is it probable that you married this person with the intention of growing old together and that is no longer a possibility. That itself is unfair.   As far as the divorce process goes, being hung up on eve...

Is a 50/50 Parenting Plan Right for you?

Posted by Elise Buie | Aug 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

While courts in some jurisdictions are leaning more and more towards the 50/50 schedule, establishing a parenting plan can still be confusing and complicated. We have some expert tips to help you decide if a 50/50 shared custody plan is right for you. Here are a few questions to ask yourself befo...

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt Split After 8 Years

Posted by Elise Buie | Aug 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Among many other articles, the Washington Post reported this week that Chris Pratt (38), star of Parks and Recreation and Guardians of the Galaxy and Anna Faris (40) of the CBS sitcom Mom have announced their separation. While celebrity splits arent exactly front-page news, this breakup has fans...

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