Divorce Lawyer Vancouver, WA
A Divorce is a turning point in your life. The issues decided in the divorce process will impact you for years to come. Asset division, parenting plans, child support, spousal maintenance, are all issues that are typically addressed in a divorce. Let me and my firm help you navigate these complicated and emotionally draining issues. I will give you straightforward, honest and detailed advice on how best to address these issues.
Divorce Child Custody and Child Support
Child Custody/Parenting Plans can be a very difficult and frustrating process. Unless the parties agree, it is almost unheard of to get a 50/50 split for child custody. In Vancouver, WA/Clark County, the “local rule” states that in most cases the court will adopt a parenting plan that will award one party primary residential custody, with the other party receiving every other weekend, alternating holidays and split summers and joint decision making. The legal factors that the court will use to determine who is the primary residential parent are as follows: a. The relative strength, nature, and stability of the child's relationship with each parent; b. The agreements of the parties, provided they were entered into knowingly and voluntarily; c. Each parent's past and potential for future performance of parenting functions as defined in *RCW 26.09.004(3), including whether a parent has taken greater responsibility for performing parenting functions relating to the daily needs of the child; d. The emotional needs and developmental level of the child; e. The child's relationship with siblings and with other significant adults, as well as the child's involvement with his or her physical surroundings, school, or other significant activities; f. The wishes of the parents and the wishes of a child who is sufficiently mature to express
Divorce Spousal Maintenance
Spousal maintenance in a divorce is not a given. It is a myth that one party will get spousal maintenance simply because they ask for it. However, the longer the marriage and the bigger the difference between the parties earning capacity, the more likely it is that the party with the lower earning capacity will receive maintenance for a period of time. In deciding whether maintenance is just and appropriate, the court will look at the following non-exclusive factors: (a) The financial resources of the party seeking maintenance, including separate or community property apportioned to him or her, and his or her ability to meet his or her needs independently, including the extent to which a provision for support of a child living with the party includes a sum for that party;(b) The time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find employment appropriate to his or her skill, interests, style of life, and other attendant circumstances;(c) The standard of living established during the marriage or domestic partnership; (d) The duration of the marriage or domestic partnership;(e) The age, physical and emotional condition, and financial obligations of the spouse or domestic partner seeking maintenance; and (f) The ability of the spouse or domestic partner from whom maintenance is sought to meet his or her needs and financial obligations while meeting those of the spouse or domestic partner seeking maintenance. Let our experience work to put you in the best position possible to either defend or advocate for spousal maintenance. We can make a difference for you.
Divorce Law Matters
Child support can seem simple enough to come up with at first glance, but can be tricky in its application. The Law Office of Nicholas Wood, P.S., is a zealous divorce lawyer and advocate for its clients and will do everything it can to maximize your chances of success in this critically important area for you. Washington law sets out a presumptive child support amount, based upon the income of the parties and the age of the child/children. The parents’ percentage of that presumptive amount is what the non-custodial parent will pay as base child support. From there, other expenses and credits are allocated between the parents, such as daycare expenses; medical insurance payments; uninsured medical expenses; long distance transportation expenses. Believe it or not, these issues can be heavily disputed. The Law Office of Nicholas Wood, P.S. can help you evaluate and litigate your divorce issues contact us today.
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