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Another reason why married same-sex couples can celebrate

Marriage equality is not a big issue in states that allow same-sex couples to marry legally. Since Referendum 74 has been approved in early 2012, Washington is one of those states. Aside from that, the recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court now allows same-sex partners to be eligible for the same federal benefits heterosexual couples receive.

Age, cohabitation and the chances of divorce

Every generation has a different opinion on what constitutes appropriate relationship behaviors between couples. While unmarried couples living in Gig Harbor around fifty years ago may have been given suspicious stares if they chose to live together before marriage, today the practice of cohabitation is ubiquitous across Washington and the rest of the nation.

How collaborative law can reduce the stress of divorce

One of the stereotypes of divorce is that the two spouses who are splitting hate each other with a passion. As a result, after the two file for divorce, they lawyer up and file every grievance and motion under the sun to try to "win" the divorce. Property division is a hassle, and child custody discussions can be even worse. While this is going on, the divorcing spouses are stressed out and upset, not just at each other but, usually, at the entire world too. It's just a difficult time. There's no other way to put it.

Premarital agreement popularity rising among couples

After Christmas and New Year’s, the next holiday that is often popular for romantic proposals is of course, Valentine’s Day. However, what many do not realize is that, after the first of the year has passed, many law offices in Washington, as well as across the nation, see an uptick in divorce filings. In other words, this time of year can have a lot to do with marriages, whether they are on the horizon or coming to an end. A recent story discussed the popularity of premarital agreements among soon-to-be wed couples that can apply to either scenario.

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