Losing a loved one is never easy. Divvying up his or her estate can be a pain, particularly if he or she failed to create an estate plan. In the state of Washington, probate may be necessary before assets can be passed on to beneficiaries, but it is not always required. Every case is different.
If your children are young and you are going through the divorce process, you and your spouse or the courts are expected to come up with a custody plan that is best for them. If your children are a little older and in a place where they can really express their wishes regarding with whom they wish to live, they may have a say in the process. If you want to allow your child to have a say in child custody matters, you may need help to get a Washington family court judge on board if your soon-to-be ex does not agree.
If you and your ex-spouse both want to handle your divorce peacefully, but aren’t sure how to work past strong emotions, divorce mediation may be a solution. This practice involves multiple sessions in which a trained specialist guides you and your ex-spouse through the tough divorce issues you’re struggling to resolve.