Family Law Attorney
At Smythe & Jones PLLC we represent your best interest in divorce and all other family law matters. Our attorneys, along with the assistance of our skilled staff, will work with you in preparing all necessary documents and presenting your needs to the court in order to achieve the best possible outcome. Through decades of practicing family law, the attorneys at Smythe & Jones PLLC have provided legal advice and assistance to over a thousand people in divorce proceedings.
The key to successful co-parenting is to separate the personal relationship with your ex from the co-parenting relationship. It may be helpful to start thinking of your relationship with your ex as a completely new one—one that is entirely about the well-being of your children, and not about either of you.
Child support is determined by using a schedule adopted by the Washington State Legislature and multiplying the resulting “basic support obligation” amount by the proportional share of the paying parent’s income. The number of children will impact the amount as well. An upward or downward deviation may be applied under certain circumstances. In addition, the paying parent may be required to pay his/her proportional share of extraordinary expenses such as daycare and long distance transportation costs.
Child custody disputes are not limited to divorcing spouses. Child custody can involve biological unmarried parents, grand-parents and sometimes other extended family members. Establishing and maintaining a safe stable living environment and custody schedule that meets the needs of a child you love can quickly become emotional, complicated, time consuming and expensive.
At Smythe & Jones PLLC we strive to offer clients a resolution-focused approach. We are here to help you protect your rights and the wellbeing of your children.
A temporary order is a court order that provides a person certain rights and/or protections before the completion of a divorce, separation or parentage action. A party may request a temporary order at any time between the time the Summons and Petition is filed and the day the proceeding becomes final.
Marriage is considered to be a contract between the marrying couple, and with that contract comes certain automatic property rights for each spouse. For example, in the absence of a prenup stating otherwise, a spouse usually has the right to:
- share ownership of property acquired during marriage, with the expectation that the property will be divided between the spouses in the event of a divorce or at death
- incur debts during marriage that the other spouse may have to pay for, and
- share in the management and control of any marital or community property, sometimes including the right to sell it or give it away.
When a custodial parent (the parent with whom the child lives) relocates with a child, it can cause additional hardship on an already challenging child custody situation. This often makes co-parenting difficult. It also forces a child to have a long-distance relationship with their own parent.
If the custodial parent relocates, a relocation dispute can arise since it may affect custody rights and visitation. This usually happens if there is no agreement between the parties.
We offer coaching for Divorce & Co-Parenting.
Divorce. An effective divorce coach is like having a seeing-eye dog as you enter the blinding legal and emotional maze of divorce. He or she will guide you to the shortcuts and keep you from wasting your time, money and energy on worry, and fear-based misguided choices.
Co-Parenting. Coaching for coparents can help each parent share what they are concerned about in a neutral space and in a respectful manner. Coaching is used to help each party come to a mutual understanding without the verbal and emotional attacks.