Pregnancy and Divorce

A Washington State divorce case made headlines in 2005 when a Spokane judge refused to grant a pregnant woman a divorce despite not having a relationship with her abusive husband for a number of years. This case, and the high-profile media coverage it got, changed a lot of minds about the relationship between pregnancy and divorce. It also played a key role in changing the state’s laws.

If you need to file for divorce but are pregnant — or if your spouse is pregnant with someone else’s child — Washington State has laws in place to ensure you can end your marriage before the baby is born. These cases are complex, however, and you need a knowledgeable and skilled attorney on your side. Call David J. Crouse & Associates, PLLC today at 509-624-1380 to reach the legal team you want on your side. [Read more…]

Married Parents vs. Divorced Parents: The Impact on Children

As parents, it is only natural to worry about the impact your choices have on your children. When those choices create significant changes in their everyday life and alter the look of their family forever, the stress and worry can seem unbearable. The effect of divorce on children can range from a minor disruption while they adjust to a new routine to major problems with behavior and acting out.

Some children grieve for a short period and seem to bounce back quickly. Others mourn for a longer period and may hold out hope you and the other parent will reconcile. It is, however, important to remember that you do have some control over how your divorce affects your children, and there are options that can help them cope.

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Social Media and Divorce

There is no doubt that modern technology is raising extra concerns for people facing a contested divorce. Thanks to the proliferation of social media, there is now more evidence than ever to show exactly what each partner did before and has done since the separation. This evidence can change the course of settlement negotiations and even hurt your chances of getting alimony or custody in a trial.

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How to Choose a Spokane Divorce Lawyer

A divorce is rarely stress-free. Not only do you have the emotional turmoil and financial uncertainty, but you may also need to navigate legal hurdles that often arise in a high asset or contested divorce. Knowing how to choose the right divorce lawyer is key in ensuring the process goes smoothly and your rights remain protected throughout your divorce. Here are a few questions you should ask when choosing a divorce or family law attorney:

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Does having another child lower child support?

This has very recently become a hotly contested issue in the Spokane County Superior Court.  The formal name for a requested reduction in support for another child is a “deviation for a child by another relationship”.    Typically, an individual who is being asked to pay child support has a child by a prior relationship.  In some cases, the individual completes a divorce or parenting plan action and then subsequently has another child by a subsequent relationship and wants to modify child support.   In past years, the Spokane County Judges typically granted the individual with the additional children  a lowered child support amount (deviation).  This was a fairly typical and common result. [Read more…]

How Long Does Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) Last?

Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, is available to Washington courts in divorce and legal separation cases in order to make a fair and equitable distribution of the marital estate.  There are two primary factors that courts use in determining how much maintenance (if any) to award and for how long. These two primary factors are the length of the marriage and “need and ability to pay”.

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Can I Fix My Divorce Decree?

Sometimes errors are made in a divorce decree.   A common error is that some property has not been divided, for example a stock account was overlooked. Perhaps a business was valued incorrectly, and it turns out to be worth far more (or less) than the original estimate of value.  In some cases, assets or accounts have been hidden, and only discovered after entry of the divorce decree. Perhaps false or misleading values were provided in discovery.   When these things occur, can they be fixed after the divorce is entered? [Read more…]

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