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Sara Katherine Wahl

Sara Wahl’s Answers

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  • My spouse and I are getting a divorce and are selling our home.

    The home is probably worth 800k plus with a view. There have never been improvements, ie. new carpeting, painting, etc. He wants to do all of these things prior to the sale of the home. I think the home will sell itself immediately, because of ...

    Sara’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Clement...if you have not set a process in place, (mediation, court, etc.) you need to do that first so there is some structure around how you get to agreement or decision. I highly recommend you use a mediator, a neutral 3rd party, to help facilitate the conversation about all the details of your divorce. This will be MUCH less expensive than litigation. You can use attorneys through mediation or on an as-needed basis while you are working together in mediation. There is also the ooption of working through your case in "Collaborative Process" which is a voluntary process where the parties and attorneys work as a team to help the clients meet both of their most important interests. I always tell ppotential clients the first thing they should do is pick a process...then, once they have the skilled people in place, talk details.

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  • Legal ramifications of separation and child custody

    My husband and I need to separate for sake of our emotional health. I believe separately we can function well, but together we get into too many arguments and toxic conversations which is unhealthy and detrimental to our 2yo to be witness to. With...

    Sara’s Answer

    it sounds as if your two are able to work together on some level so in my opinion you might try to go to a mediator, a neutral 3rd party, to help you work through some temporary agreements as to housing, finances and parenting. This will also set the stage for future cooperative conversations as to long term solutions that meet both of your interets, one of which will surely be the best interets of your child in the long term. Before you do anything I suggest you pick a process as to how you will work through this before you start talking about specifics, I often see things go sideways when people start talking about specifics before they have put a good process in place, i.e. people who are skilled at facilitating the conversation. There is also Collaborative Divorce where you work together as a team to meet both of your interets and needs. Please research all the ways to work through a divorce...in my opinion litigation should be a last option. All attorneys should explain all the different process options to you so you can choose one that will meet your families needs and budget.

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  • Is MEDIATION required on an AGREED PETITION?

    I filed an Agreed Petition (with the seperate form Joinder). Is MEDIATION required before submitting the final papers?

    Sara’s Answer

    No, only if you are NOT in agreement and headed toward trial.

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  • Child Support Modification?

    How long do they take roughly?

    Sara’s Answer

    In King County, a Child Support Modification takes about four months...but if granted, the new Order can be retroactive to the date you filed your Petition to Modify.

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  • Can I request a modification of child support increase now that my child is over age 12?

    It has almost been the required 3 years to modify BUT my child turned 12 a year ago and the support difference is $113.00 more per month due to her age.

    Sara’s Answer

    You can file to modify child support after two years, not three, without a showing of substantially changed circumstances; this could take into consideration a change in both of your incomes (if any). an "Adjustment" based on the change in age category could also be filed. See RCW 26.09.170.

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