The high level of stress that sometimes accompanies a divorce can make a person forget to consider important details as they strive to put their life together. Careful planning can assist in navigating the financial aspects of a divorce and assist in mitigating the emotional toll.
Parents in Washington often face disagreements over child custody as they go through a divorce. Questions surrounding the living situation of a child often lead to a court being asked to make a determination. In those situations, child custody is typically awarded to the primary caregiver of a child.
In Washington, the weather begins to change in the early spring and the first blooms appear on the trees. The winter releases its grip on the northwest and the sun begins to shine. A University of Washington professor believes that this renewal leads in large part to an increase in divorce filings in the spring as people seek to begin anew.
A recent U.S. Treasury decision to begin paying federal benefits electronically in March 2013 could inadvertently leave those Washington state residents who owe back due child support with no income. The decision is touted as a cost-saving measure as it would eliminate the need for paper checks, which cost money to send out. However, states are allowed to freeze the bank accounts of those who owe child support, meaning that many in this situation would be unable to collect their federal benefits.