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How Do You Get An Annulment in Washington State? (It’s not as easy as you think)

I’ve done a lot of divorces from short term marriages lately; and by short term I mean between 1 year and 6 weeks. When I get that first call from the divorce seeker they typically start by saying “I need a divorce. I’ve been married for __________ years/months/weeks. Wait! Is that an annulment because it’s

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Pro Se Mediation and The DIY Culture

I talk a lot about mediation and as a mediator I should. I think mediation is great. I wish more people would jump into mediation first instead of litigation. One of the great things about mediation in this DIY culture we have now is that it can be done without attorneys, you just need a

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What If Bella and Edward Got Divorced (Updated)

I recently got the chance to finally go to Forks. I’ve been wanting to go ever since I moved to Washington some 8 years ago. I’m not sure if it was ever thing my younger self dreamed of but it was fun none the less. My little getaway to the land of Twilight made me

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How Do Attorneys Bill?

Published on June 10, 2016, by in .

Have you ever wondered exactly how an attorney bills you? Well I am going to demystify that for you. Let’s say you need to hire a lawyer. The first thing they will probably ask you for is a retainer. What exactly is a retainer? A retainer is basically an advanced fee you pay to get

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How Do Attorneys Bill?

Published on September 1, 2015, by in .

Have you ever wondered exactly how an attorney bills you? Well I am going to demystify that for you. Let’s say you need to hire a lawyer. The first thing they will probably ask you for is a retainer. What exactly is a retainer? A retainer is basically an advanced fee you pay to get

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Think You’re Getting Half of Everything? Think Again.

Published on July 28, 2015, by in Divorce.

Whenever I have a divorce client one of the first questions I get is: “I get half of everything right?” Washington is a community property state but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a 50/50 state, surprise! There are only 9 community property states: Louisiana, Arizona, California, Texas, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wisconsin. That’s

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