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Older couples may benefit from a prenuptial agreement

Washington couples considering marriage may have a lot on their mind besides the stress and romance of wedding planning. Once the big day is done, and they are united in marriage, their finances will be tied together in a way that they weren't when they were single. This can be particularly significant for older couples who may have been married once before or who, over the course of time, acquired significant assets. For these couples, having a prenuptial agreement in place before they walk down the aisle can be essential.

What makes a Washington acknowledgement of paternity valid?

While the father of a child born to married parents is presumed to be the husband, this presumption doesn't exist if the child is born to unmarried parents. In order to establish who the legal father of a child born to unmarried parents is, paternity must be established. One way for parents to do this is through an acknowledgment of paternity.

Property division a major factor in many Washington divorces

When it comes to divorce, for some couples there is nothing that gets them as fired up as the division of their property. After all, certain pieces of property can have a lot of sentimental value or financial value, and both parties may feel they are entitled to it. Moreover, sometimes couples disagree on how valuable a piece of property is. However, if possible couples should take a step back when it comes to property division, and take a look at the big picture.

What are the requirements for getting a divorce in Washington?

Once a couple in Washington decides to end their marriage, they may want to do so as quickly as possible. However, there are certain legal requirements that must be met for a couple to divorce. Therefore, it is helpful to understand what the requirements to get a divorce in Washington are, so you know what to expect.

More millennials choosing prenuptial agreements, study says

The millennial generation in Gig Harbor differs in many ways from generations past, and it goes well beyond the music they listen to and the fashions they wear. One thing they may be more apt to do, according to one study, is to enter into a prenuptial agreement (a prenup) before walking down the aisle.

What may a Washington court consider when awarding alimony?

While many issues that come up in the end of a marriage can cause contention, perhaps one of the first and foremost is the issue of spousal support, also known as spousal maintenance or alimony. On one hand, one party may truly be in the need of maintenance, at least for a while, especially if he or she earns significantly less than his or her ex, or if he or she stayed out of the workforce altogether to care for the family. On the other hand, the party being asked to pay alimony may feel that the amount due is unfair. Either way, it can help to understand how a Washington court goes about determining whether to award alimony after a divorce, and if so, how much.

Even those of modest means can enter into a prenuptial agreement

The pending divorce of superstars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has again demonstrated the principle that with high-asset couples, issues such as property division and spousal support are thrust into the spotlight, simply because the dollar amounts involved are so high. Perhaps for this reason, and before getting married, some high-asset couples in Gig Harbor choose to enter into a prenuptial agreement so that their financial interests are protected in the event of a divorce. Yet, does that mean that prenuptial agreements are only for the wealthy and famous?

Legal advice can be invaluable during property division

For the most part, the longer a couple in Gig Harbor has been married, the more possessions they have accumulated. They may have furniture, electronics, appliances, collections, artwork, a home or two and automobiles. Moreover, they may have accumulated significantly valuable intangible assets, such as bank accounts, retirement funds and stock accounts. As such, should a couple in Gig Harbor decide to divorce, they face the difficult process of splitting up the property they spent so many years accumulating.

Collaborative law may be an option for an amicable split

When a person in Gig Harbor faces the fact that his or her marriage is over, he or she heads down the road towards divorce. For some people, this road is rocky, with much anger and a winner-takes-all attitude, all of which is costly, both financially and emotionally. For other people, this road can be smoother if that person and his or her ex are both interested in seeking an alternative to litigation -- a collaborative divorce.

How are Social Security benefits handled post-divorce?

Most people in Gig Harbor look forward to one day retiring and the freedom that comes with it to pursue their hobbies and interests. However, those who have divorced, and especially those who have gotten a "grey divorce," may have concerns about how they will fund their retirement. These individuals may wonder if there is a way they can collect Social Security retirement benefits based on their ex's record, even if they have divorced.

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