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?
The decision to dissolve your marriage is one that you probably took some time to reach. Now that you have, you just want to get the divorce over with as soon as possible. How long, from filing to finalization, does the divorce process take in the state of Washington?
When ending one's marriage, there are a lot of things to think about. One issue often seen in divorce cases in Washington has to do with the marital home. Will one party keep it, will both parties continue to live there for the time being or will it be sold?
For most couples who are getting ready to end their marriages, the process of doing so is not an easy one. It takes time building a relationship, and it takes time to split it apart -- especially if there are children involved. This week, this column will address some do's and do not's of divorce that every couple in Washington preparing to navigate the divorce process should know.
Washington residents who are ready to end their marriages may not be ready for the financial fallout that may follow. Not only can the divorce process cost quite a bit, but each party may walk away with less than they thought they would. There are some things people can do to transition into post-divorce life financially prepared.
A good number of Washington residents have social media accounts to which they post photos, videos and their personal thoughts. There is nothing wrong with this as long as one realizes this information shared with the public might be used against them in court. Those going through the divorce process would be wise to reconsider their social media habits.
In Washington and elsewhere, spousal support is often thought of something only granted to women as part of their marital dissolution settlements. The simple truth of the matter is, this benefit is not just for women. Men who make less than their spouses may also petition the court for maintenance to be included in their divorce settlements.
Every year, numerous couples in Washington and elsewhere decide to end their marriages. When going through the divorce process, there is a lot on one's plate. It is easy to overlook things that can cause issues now or down the line. For example, failing to protect digital accounts can result in the other party stealing and using information in order to get a better settlement.
People turn to social media for many reasons: to laugh, learn, feel good, share or get support. And whether we realize it or not, we reveal a great deal of personal details on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, even when messages disappear or when we set profiles to private.
What's your idea of divorce? Chances are you have heard a horror story from a friend or family member. While it is true that divorce can be a stressful experience no matter your situation, it doesn't have to involve high-stakes disagreements, drawn-out court appearances or argumentative lawyers. Instead, mediation is one option couples can pursue as a method of alternative dispute resolution in divorce.