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This federal law ensures that the former spouses of military members still have access to certain benefits, even if the couple divorces.

Military Divorce? The Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act May Support You Through the Process

Being the spouse of a military service member comes with a number of benefits related to your spouse’s services in the armed forces. When spouses realize they can no longer make a marriage work, they may fear making a tough choice between staying in a relationship that drains them or losing the benefits and protections...
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Women mourning the death of her partner whom she was in a committed intimate relationship with.

Surviving a Committed Intimate Relationship – What Happens When Your Long-Term Partner Dies, But You Were Never Officially Married?

You built a life together. Lived in and improved the same home, shared your money, worked together to pay bills, invest, and maybe raise some kids. Then, tragically, your partner dies… without a will (called dying “intestate”). In Washington, only spouses or domestic partners get special intestate benefits like homestead exemptions and claims to 50%...
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Man moves into new home after a divorce

Deeds not Words – Home Buying While Divorcing – Can My Lender Demand My Ex’s Signature?

Can My Lender Demand My Ex’s Signature? The answer: Maybe. Imagine… You are just finishing up a divorce. Every property item is split, all the documents are signed, and you are just waiting for the court to bless your disunion. Your soon-to-be ex was entirely uncooperative and has stopped all communication. Good riddance, you think. ...
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Pediatrician providing healthcare to a child in front of a parent

Parent A vs. Parent B vs. Doctor U

Pediatric healthcare and “joint” healthcare provisions in court orders and parenting plans. You are a pediatric healthcare provider. That means you have been – or will be – dragged into disputes between parents when they cannot agree on the best medical strategy for their children. It is important to keep a clear delineation between your...
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father and son walking together

When She Says You Are The One – Paternity Challenging

When two people love each other very much…. Or at least enough…. A baby can be the result. One or both of those loved-enough adults may be married at the time, although not necessarily to each other. These circumstances sometimes result in one spouse in a marriage contesting the parentage of a child born by...
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Native American Girl at school

Is this child an “Indian Child?” – When do you have “reason to know” that a child is an “Indian child?”

This law uses the term “Indian Child” to refer to child members of federally recognized indigenous Native American political and cultural units. These units can be called tribes, bands, nations or any variety of nomenclature. For clarity, this blog posts uses the terms found in the law and in the mandatory forms when necessary to...
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