Your New Family: 5 Tips for Blending Two Families After a Second Marriage

Anyone remember the Brady Bunch? Even today, the iconic 1970s sitcom epitomizes blended families. A widowed architect with three sons marries a woman with three daughters, and adventure ensues. In one episode, Mrs. Brady tells one of the boys that the only “steps” in the home lead to the second floor. In other words, everyone is a son or daughter, not stepson or stepdaughter. This is one instance where life should Read More

4 Tips for When Your Former Partner Does Not Want to Co Parent

You’re no longer with your partner, but otherwise nothing has changed. If you say “black,” their response is “white.” There’s no logic behind their actions - they’re only driven by a determination to make your life as difficult as possible, even if you have children together and need to act in their best interests. Dealing with a difficult former partner and co-parent can be physically, mentally, and emotionally Read More

When It Takes a Village: Third-Party Custody in Washington State

A child’s ideal caregiver is their parent. A secure and loving relationship with Mom and/or Dad keeps them safe and healthy, transmits important social and cultural values, and provides them with the resources and skills they need to grow into happy and well-adjusted adults.  Unfortunately, circumstances can arise that make it impossible for parents to give their children the love and attention they need to Read More

Facing Your Fears: 4 Common Worries People Have About Divorce

Every time you look at the summer calendar on your fridge, you’re reminded about your upcoming divorce. Your daughter can’t stop talking about the new slides at Dune Peninsula park while your son is excited about his camping trip with friends. There’s also the new exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum “Bart at TAM: Animating America’s Favorite Family”, that has the town talking.  You begin to wonder, “will I ever enjoy Read More

Lawyer Fees: How Do They Work?

When you decide to petition for dissolution of marriage (file for divorce) in Washington state, one of the first questions you’re going to ask yourself is, “how do attorney fees work?”.  Although you know that divorce is the best solution to a difficult family situation, it’s normal to be concerned about fees and costs. When you’re preparing to live on one income and possibly pay spousal or child support, you must Read More

Facing Divorce? Here’s What You Can Expect to Happen

Your spouse has just told you that they want a divorce. Even though some of your friends have been through the process, and you routinely see celebrity breakups shared on your social media newsfeed, none of it adequately prepares you for facing your own divorce. What can you expect to happen in the days ahead? Let’s talk about the emotional aspects first. Even if you knew deep inside that this was coming, you’re Read More

4 Things You Can Do to Help Your Attorney During Your Case

Your life can become hectic after you file for divorce. While you’re preparing for a new life, you’re also putting in time at work, getting the kids off to school, helping them with their homework, and running household errands like cleaning and grocery shopping. Sometimes it feels as if you don’t even have time to organize your thoughts, let alone help your divorce attorney during your case! The good news is that Read More

6 Benefits of Choosing Mediation for Your Divorce

When you were married, you and your spouse made relationship decisions together. Now that you’ve both accepted that the marriage is over and divorce is the best outcome, you may be worried that all the decisions will now be in someone else’s hands, namely a judge. You can’t be blamed for feeling this way. Court TV shows and movies like Kramer vs. Kramer and The War of the Roses give the impression that divorce is Read More

5 Emotions You Can Expect to Feel During Divorce

Do you remember the first time you got on a roller coaster? You were probably afraid. Maybe you even thought about jumping out when the ride attendant strapped you in. Then it started: the forward lurch and everything happening so fast that you clutched the support bar for dear life. You probably heard younger kids around you crying and were tempted to join them because you were sure that this was it. The End. Read More

New Beginnings: How to Adjust to Your “New Life” After Divorce

As your life progresses, change is inevitable (therefore learning how to rediscover yourself and continue to grow is such a vital skill). When you’ve been through a divorce, it’s a perfect opportunity to rediscover who you are and move your life in a new direction.  Here are some ways that you can use this time in your life to embark on an adventure that leads to the new you. Remember Who You Are As the Read More