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Two ways to settle a divorce without going to court

Many couples think that a courtroom divorce is their only option. However, the courtroom often seems formal and uncomfortable. The courts have a system and follow certain procedures that can be quite complicated for many people. If complicated issues are involved, there is a chance that the divorce may be delayed. It is because of complexities such as those that people hire an attorney when the end of a marriage is imminent.

Toni Braxton and Keri Lewis end child support dispute

Child support is often a major point of contention in a divorce. In fact, some child support disputes continue for several months or years before being resolved. One example of such a child support dispute, which has dragged on for years before reaching resolution, and of which many Washington residents may be aware, is that of musicians Toni Braxton and her former husband Keri Lewis.

What are the advantages of having sole custody of a child?

This Washington family law blog has recently discussed some of the advantages of pursuing joint child custody arrangements. It seems that in many cases children and parents do better when the responsibilities of direct parenting are shared between both adults in a child's life. Joint custody can help parents reduce their stress levels and allows children to maintain relationships with both of their parents.

Collaborative divorce may be the better choice for many couples

It probably goes without saying that divorce can be a stressful experience. Still, many couples encounter more stress by entering into a litigation process that can continue for a very long time. During this process, divorcing couples not only incur considerable expenses but also infuse further bitterness into the relationship and propagate the stress to their children. These couples should know that instead of the often-bitter litigation process, they may consider other divorce options such as collaborative law or mediation.

Grandparents' visitation rights in Washington

Many states have started to recognize the visitation rights of non-parents, such as grandparents, foster parents, stepparents and other caregivers. According to the provisions of many state statutes, grandparents or other non-parents can submit a petition to the court to allow them to visit the child.

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