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Division of Assets: Logistics and Legalities of Divorce

When a couple chooses to file for divorce or legal separation, their debts, property, and other assets need to be divided between them. Assets can refer to a number of forms of wealth, including real property, bank accounts, retirement funds, pensions, stock, possessions, vehicles, and so forth.The process of dividing these assets in a dissolution must result in an “equitable” distribution between the parties. However, many people misinterpret “equitable” to mean “equal,” and expect the assets, property, and debts to be divided between the parties exactly in half.

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Free eBook Guide to the Divorce Process Available for Download

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Divorce is a difficult and emotional time for every family. It is also a series of decisions, compromises, meetings, and finally, a court decision that will affect your life and your children’s lives very significantly for a long time. Ensuring that you have the best legal advice and experienced representation will help you to walk out of your divorce case well-provided for and well-prepared for the future, but it is just as important that you learn about the process yourself.

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Anderson Hunter's SCBA Golf Scramble Team

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On August 22, 2014, three Anderson Hunter attorneys, Geoff Gibbs, Tim Chaing-Lin and Laurie Ummel, and a prosecutor for the City of Everett, Mike Fisher, participated in the Snohomish County Bar Association's annual golf scramble at Legion Memorial Golf Course in Everett. Although the team did not take any top honors, it was a beautiful day and a good time was had by all.

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Child Custody: One of the Major Issues In Divorce

When child custody is contested, it becomes one of the most important aspects of any divorce case. As this issue is addressed legally, it is vital to your case that you have a qualified, experienced attorney by your side. Not only will he or she have the expertise to explain how the law applies your case, but your divorce lawyer will also have experience with similar cases and clients that he or she has successfully helped in the past.

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Understanding The Mediation Process And How It Can Benefit You

Going to trial is both expensive and the results uncertain. In most cases, the judge assigned to your case will not be familiar with the Court file prior to trial and will learn about you and your issues only during the trial. Prior to trial, most courts require that the parties attempt to settle their case through “mediation”. Mediation is a process in which an experienced and professional attorney or retired judge with both parties and their attorneys adding his or her evaluation of the positions taken by both sides. Mediation is non-confrontational and most often each party (and their attorney) have their own conference room and the mediator works back and forth not unlike shuttle diplomacy. The process is far less costly and offers the parties to participate in crafting solutions to their issues, rather than having the solutions dictated to them by a judge after trial. Mediation is confidential and offers made in compromise to settle the case cannot be introduced at trial if mediation is unsuccessful.   

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Legal Checklist For Divorce: What You Need To Know Before Filing

You’re unhappy and struggling in your marital relationship, and you’re looking for a solution. Divorce may be an option for you, but it is vital that you understand all of the legal, procedural, financial, and personal implications and issues related to your potential divorce.

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Expansion of Federal Benefits to Married Same-Sex Couples

Although states have been approving legal same-sex marriages one by one, federal law has been slower to recognize benefits afforded traditional married couples under federal law for same-sex couples, such as Social Security benefits, federal pensions, veteran's benefits, and medical leave benefits. 

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Domestic Partnerships to Convert to Marriage June 30

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On June 30, 2014, all registered domestic partners in the State of Washington will automatically become spouses, unless the partnership has been legally dissolved or is in the process of being dissolved, or if one partner is at least 62 years old. 

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AH and Port of Everett Present Training on 2014 Open Government Acts

On June 11, 2014 Anderson Hunter and the Port of Everett presented a complementary seminar discussing the new requirements of the 2014 Open Public Meetings Act and the Open Public Records Acts, as well as case law updates and a panel discussion of common issues that arise on open government structure.  

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Divorce and Death

In the most recent edition of NW Lawyer, family law and probate attorneys discuss the ramifications (and results) of the death of a spouse in the midst of a dissolution proceeding. There are many misunderstandings about what happens to property (both community and separate property) when parties are estranged yet still legally married. 

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