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Can a father get primary custody in Washington?

While mothers often received preference in child custody cases of years past, today courts determine custody without considering gender. However, in Washington, the parent who generally spends more time caring for the child may receive more time with the child in the...

3 top contested issues in divorce

These days, divorce is a fact of life, with divorce rates increasing throughout the years. Now, 40 to 50% of marriages end in couples splitting. According to an American Community Survey, Washington ranks No. 10 in the number of divorces for 2018.  Reasons for divorce...

Amending child support in Washington

Once a family has a legal child support order in Washington state, a parent can request a change in the support amount only under certain circumstances. A support modification may be in order in the case of a job change, custody change or the birth of a sibling. ...

How to make changes to a child support order

As your family, life and children's needs change, so should your child support order. Many life events may trigger a need to modify your child support case. The court allows for such situations. Whether you receive or pay support in Washington, there may come a time...

Understanding the parenting plan

When individuals divorce, they must make decisions about how their lives will unfold under new circumstances. If the individuals are parents, their decisions must also take into account the needs of their children.  According to child custody laws in Washington state,...