Anything about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's marital dissolution makes headline news these days. Most recently, articles have been released, saying that the couple is filing for a bifurcated divorce. What does that mean, and is it an option for Washington residents?
Washington parents understand how important it is to help their children navigate the transitions and difficult emotions that arise when parents decide to end their marriage. The youngest members of the family often have the most difficult time with a divorce, but there are things you can do to make this an easier process for them. One way you can do this is by crafting a reasonable, sustainable parenting plan.
The state of Washington would prefer divorcing couples to work out settlement agreements out of court if at all possible. Couples are generally required to attempt mediation before moving on to litigation. Mediation can prove extremely effective; however, if any of the following are issues in one's case, mediation may not be a good fit.