Divorce Without Marriage: Dissolving a Domestic Partnership in Washington State

Tom and Carla have been in a domestic partnership for 10 years. They have two beautiful children and a comfortable lifestyle to show for it. Unfortunately, they’re also not happy. In many ways, they still have as much respect and regard for each other as the day they moved in together. What’s changed is the dynamics of their relationship. At first they couldn’t put their finger on it, but now Tom and Carla agree Read More

5 Tips to Manage Stress During Divorce or Separation

When you’re in the midst of a divorce or separation, feeling stressed is a normal reaction. You’re embarking on a new journey and wondering what the future holds. Who wouldn’t be experiencing a lot of anticipation, curiosity, and grief, sometimes all at once? A certain degree of stress can be a good thing: it gives us the energy and impetus to face challenging situations. Difficulties occur when stress impacts our Read More

“How Do I Break the News to Our Friends and Family That We Are Getting Divorced?”

When you announced your engagement to your loved ones, their reaction was probably what you anticipated: excitement, happiness, and enthusiastic congratulations. On the other hand, when you decide to get a divorce, there’s no obvious or easy way of breaking that kind of news. Telling your friends and family about the divorce is going to be awkward and emotional, and many of them may not know how to react, but there Read More

D-I-Why?: Why DIY Legal Options Are Dangerous When It Comes to Your Family

If you are facing a family law matter, it can be tempting to save money by handling it yourself. While there are plenty of resources available in the form of DIY kits, court-supplied paperwork, and how-to websites, hiring an attorney can truly be in your best interests for a number of reasons! Family law is highly specialized. The law in general—and family law in particular—can be confusing and complex for those Read More

Because Hindsight is 20/20: 4 Ways to Prepare for a Separation or Divorce

If you know that a divorce or separation is in your future, the time to start financially preparing is now. Unfortunately, many people don’t think of the financial impact of a divorce until the divorce is under way or is final and their financial situation has changed. This causes unnecessary stress during an already stressful time. To reduce some of the financial strain of divorce, try our four tips on how to be Read More

Four Healthy Ways to Co-Parent

When you get divorced or separated from the other parent of your child, your former spouse/partner will remain in your child’s life. Having two households may be difficult to adjust to at first, but what we here at the Bliss Law Group have found is that the transition becomes easier on parents and children alike if there is a healthy co-parenting dynamic from the get-go. Here are four suggestions to help you Read More

How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Could Impact Your Family Law Case

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code, took effect at the beginning of the year. The Act could potentially impact those who are recently divorced or are currently going through the divorce process. Bliss Law Group is taking a closer look at some of the areas related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and how it affects our clients and their finances. Spousal Maintenance. The Tax Cuts and Read More

Social Media Use During Your Divorce

In the current digital culture, connectivity is a convenience. We live our lives online and carry around a device that provides entertainment and allows for instant communication. While this technology is beneficial for many, it can also make things more complicated – especially if you are in the process of divorce. Many people are unaware that electronic data you would typically want to keep private (ex: social Read More

Get Off on the Right Foot in 2018 With Your Estate Planning

FACT: Whether you’re single or married, young or old, or have several assets or very few, you need an estate plan. Estate plans inform your loved ones (and also the government and the courts) of your wishes if you are unable to speak for yourself or pass away. By taking the time now to sit down with the right estate planning lawyer, you can think about the future and provide answers and guidance for your loved Read More

Peace of Mind in the Holidays

For those considering divorcing from their spouse, the holidays can be a stressful and emotional time of year. Despite your feelings about your current relationship, you may be hesitant to speak with an attorney for fear of ruining your family’s otherwise happy holiday season. But Bliss Law Group wants to assure you that this is not the case. Meeting with an attorney can actually provide you with some much-needed Read More