There was recently some news about a Seattle area teacher faking being assaulted. The reason behind it has finally come out. “Age old story of finances. I had a bunch of debt…Had a mountain of debt and was scrambling, rob Peter to pay Paul. And it was snowballing. Finally came clean with my wife on
Most divorce cases eventually settle. Most people probably don’t realize that but it is true. Divorce trials are not the norm. Because of this fun fact I believe that mediation in divorce or family law cases in general should happen sooner in the process instead of towards the end of the process. As it is
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
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
50 Cent has a song called Baby By Me Baby where the chorus goes: “Have a baby by me baby and be a millionaire.” Basically meaning that because 50 Cent is so rich having a baby by him makes the mom an instant millionaire because of the child support. Now 50 is not the only
In the 4th grade I got appointed to the Conflict Resolution Team. We wore blue shirts and wandered the playground with clipboards looking for conflict to resolve. I don’t remember if we solved a lot of conflict but I did enjoy the idea of solving conflict. I became a certified mediator before I was lawyer.