This Legal Guide discusses the law and procedure to obtain a court order declaring the validity of a marriage that was mistakenly entered into prior to the termination of another marriage. A Decree of
Overview of the UCCJEA All states have enacted the basic form of the UCCJEA. The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws has stated: "There is growing public concern over the fact that thousands of children are shifted from state to state and from one family to...
This Legal Guide discusses the division of Microsoft stock awards in a divorce. The courts currently rule that only the first award after a divorce is divisible as community property. This Legal Guide argues that the spouse of a MS employee should share in five such awards. © Bruce Clement
This third Legal Guide on relocation deals with the history and case law of the WA Relocation Act. If the relocating parent has given proper notice, has good reasons to relocate, is acting in good faith, and relocation won't harm the children, relocation will normally be allowed. © Bruce Clement
Parents may be court ordered to provide College Support ("Post Secondary Education Support", or PSES) to their college-bound child. However, there are no clear guidelines for calculating the shares to be paid by the parents and the child. This Legal Guide gives one example of how this might be done.
This Legal Guide discusses which state or country will have child custody jurisdiction when American parents have resided in Japan for over six months, one of them is active duty military, there is no existing parenting plan, and one of the parties is going to relocate to Washington State.
In the current economy the distribution of responsibility for debts often is the most pressing issue for couples going through a divorce. This Legal Guide will discuss some of the most important problems in this process, and identify several common solutions.
Many people who are considering separating from their spouse want to know first whether they should seek a legal separation, or a divorce. The purpose of this Legal Guide is to explain the differences in these two court procedures, and list some of the pros and cons of each.
Violation of a parenting plan is actually violation of a court order, and can constitute what attorneys refer to as "contempt of court". Contempt of court can result in an award of sanctions (fines), attorneys fees, reduced visitations, and in severe cases jail time or a change in custody.
I have previously written AVVO Legal Guides on child abuse in dependency cases filed by Washington State Child Protection Services. This current Legal Guide addresses how child abuse and neglect can affect custody decisions in grandparent and other non-parental custody cases.