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Obergfell one year later: how did it affect same-sex divorce?

Obergfell v. Hodges, the 2015 case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, has celebrated its first anniversary. It is important, however, for Gig Harbor residents to keep in mind the way things were before that ruling.

Fathers' rights in Gig Harbor are important all year round

Father's Day has come and gone, but it is important to keep in mind that children benefit from having a nurturing and supportive father in their lives. Unmarried fathers in Gig Harbor who are no longer in a relationship with their child's mother may want to seek custody or visitation with their child, who they may love very much. However, before they can do so, they may need to establish paternity.

Three types of divorce options available to Gig Harbor couples

With all of the emotional upheaval that comes with divorce, it may be difficult for couples in Gig Harbor to think of the practicalities of divorce and decide how they want to proceed. In this post, we are going to discuss three ways a divorce can be completed: mediation, collaborative law and litigation.

Property division in Washington can be an emotional issue

Some individuals in Washington find that they face many emotional issues during a divorce, particularly when it comes to property division. There may be arguments regarding what property is separate and what property is community, particularly if the spouses have an emotional attachment to the property in question or if the spouses cannot agree on the value, both monetary and sentimental, of the property. The division of assets in a divorce is not always easy.

Entering into a domestic partnership in Washington

Even though same-sex marriage is now legal in Washington and throughout the nation, there may be reasons why same-sex couples may prefer to enter into a domestic partnership. In fact, individuals under a number of circumstances may choose to register as domestic partners, even if they are not same-sex partners. What are the statutory requirements for doing so?

What happens to pets in Washington when their owners divorce?

Nearly two-thirds of American households have a pet, and it is easy to see why. Pets provide unconditional love and companionship for their owners. Many pet owners agree that their beloved furry friends are more than just companions, they are part of the family. So deciding what to do with a family pet after a divorce can be an extremely emotional affair, especially if each spouse wants to keep the pet. What happens to family pets when spouses divorce?

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