Archive for the ‘Family Law’ Category

Supreme Court affirms that “reckless” domestic abusers lose gun rights

Icon Written by CPorterEsq on June 29, 2016 – 7:04 am

Domestic violence and guns are known to be a deadly combination. Over half of all women killed by intimate partners between 2001 to 2012 were killed using a gun, according to the Center for American Progress. Experts say that if an abuser has access to a gun, victims are five times more likely to be killed. A domestic […]

Top 10 questions asked at first consult for divorce

Icon Written by CPorterEsq on May 10, 2016 – 6:38 am

One of the heaviest doors to open is the one that leads to your first meeting with a divorce lawyer. In addition to all of the emotional stress of separating from your life partner, there are usually an endless number of questions about the path you are about to travel. Having met with countless clients […]

Tracing assets is at the heart of characterizing property in a divorce

Icon Written by CPorterEsq on April 18, 2016 – 8:29 am

Property division is one of the thorniest issues couples face when going through a divorce. In a community property state, like Washington, it can be confusing to determine exactly how courts will order the distribution of assets. A recent appeal of a trial court’s characterization and distribution of retirement and investment accounts offers a helpful […]

Moving on when your divorce wasn’t “fair”

Icon Written by CPorterEsq on April 12, 2016 – 8:40 am

Working with divorcing couples, I frequently hear about the concept of fairness. Often one of the former partners (or both) feels cheated or taken advantage of.  In spite of extensive negotiations, the person starts second guessing whether the lawyer did a good job, whether the outcome was fair, whether the other partner is laughing their […]

Third party custody only granted in extraordinary circumstances

Icon Written by CPorterEsq on December 7, 2015 – 1:26 pm

If a grandparent has been caring for their grandchild for a while because the child’s parents have been unable to provide a stable home, it seems only natural that s/he might want to petition the court for permanent custody of that child. The Washington Court of Appeals made it clear in a ruling issued last […]

“Duty of support” not limited to court-imposed obligations

Icon Written by CPorterEsq on November 17, 2015 – 8:18 am

When calculating child support in a divorce, a parent might seek to deviate from the standard schedule set out by statute because s/he is already supporting a child from another relationship. But what happens when the support payments aren’t based on a court order? The Court of Appeals ruled recently that the definition of “duty of […]