Spousal maintenance is found in RCW 26.09.09.  In other jurisdictions, spousal maintenance is referred to as alimony. Spousal maintenance is an obligation of one person to provide financial support for his or her spouse during and after a marital separation or divorce. Spousal maintenance can, but is not always, ordered by a court during dissolution/divorce […]

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Can You Annul or Invalidate a Marriage? Although this is a rare process, it is possible to obtain an annulment in Washington State under certain specific situations. Generally, annulments in Washington state are governed by RCW 26.09.040.  To obtain an annulment, you must establish that you fall within one of the statutory exceptions that allows […]

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Child support payments are neither deductible by the payer nor taxable to the recipient. When calculating gross income to see if you’re required to file a tax return, don’t include child support payments received. Under divorce, dissolution, or separation instruments executed on or before December 31, 2018, alimony or spousal maintenance payments are deductible by […]

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“What is Community Property” is a very common question asked during a divorce consultation with our attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno.  Knowing community/separate property and how it is distributed is very important to any person going through a divorce. Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers divorce and family law consultations in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) […]

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To modify an existing Parenting Plan means to change the Parenting Plan.  A Major Modification is a Petition to Change Parenting Plan asking for a big change to your current Parenting Plan.  A Minor Modification asks for only small changes. The standards are different for proving each modification. You must prove there is a good […]

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On a scale of 1 to 10 for scariest kinds (types) of attorneys, some would argue a family law attorney is around a 9. At least that is what they say about the attorney on the other (opposing) side. That’s because in most cases your marriage is ending or you are fighting for custody of […]

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