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Blog - Katrina S. Zafiro

Co-Parenting Tips That Your Kids Will Love You For

When the court ordered your final decree of divorce, the legal relationship between you and your ex ended. However, if you have children together, you will remain in each other’s lives at least until the children become adults and even for a while afterwards. Good co-parenting puts both of you on the same team, even if your marriage did not end on the best of terms. You need to let a difficult history stay where Read More

Can I Force My Child to Follow the Parenting Plan/ Visitation Schedule?

Many parents struggle trying to convince their child to visit the other parent per their parenting plan or residential schedule.  For example, it is the other parent’s turn to have the child for the weekend, but the child refuses to go. The older the children, the harder it is to make them comply with the residential schedule if they don’t want to. While you as a parent may understand the consequences of not Read More

What is the Difference Between Annulment, Divorce, and Legal Separation?

The decision to end a marriage is always a difficult and personal decision, and the decision on how to legally end the marriage can be almost as difficult. You know about divorce, and have probably heard about annulment and legal separation, but how do you know which option is best for your circumstances?  Annulment, divorce, and legal separation are all very different ways to end a marriage, so we will begin by Read More

Social Media and Divorce

Social media has become a constant companion to most people, and it's tricky to navigate even during the best of times. How does your relationship with social media change when divorce or other legal struggles are imminent or ongoing?   Precautions In Family Law: Social Media Evidence In Divorce Cases, The National Law Review states that “66% of cases involving divorce employ Facebook as one of their principal Read More

What Should I Include in My Parenting Plan Proposal?

In any family law case that involves minor children, both parties should submit their proposed parenting plan. This is your proposal to the court and the other party on what you want the parenting plan to be.  Like any other pleading, this is a very important document and should be drafted carefully and submitted at the right time.  A parenting plan basically lays down the residential schedule of a child and Read More

Picking Witnesses for Your Trial

While we think it is always best if both parties reach a settlement and do not need to go to trial, this does not happen in every case.    When you file your family law case in a King County, Washington Superior Court, the court automatically issues an order setting the deadlines in your case, more commonly known as a “case schedule”.  It is very important to follow all the deadlines in your case schedule.  One of Read More

How Does Immigration Define Good Moral Character?

In order for an immigrant to be naturalized and become a citizen of the United States, he or she must be found to have “good moral character” (sometimes referred to as GMC). Since one’s moral character is an extremely subjective quality, and there’s no way for it to be scientifically measured, this can lead to a lot of questions. Today, we’re looking at the ins and outs of how immigration defines good moral Read More

Who Gets the House In a Divorce?

It may be relatively easy to divide personal/movable property (like cash, jewelry, vehicles, financial accounts, etc.), in a divorce, but dividing a real estate/immovable property like your house can be complicated.  Who gets what in a divorce depends upon whether the property is community property or separate property.  Community property is the property that belongs to both, the husband and wife. In Washington Read More

What is “Abusive Use of Conflict”?

Do you think there is a risk that a parent’s conduct may have a harmful effect on your child? If so, ask the court to limit that parent’s rights and/or visits with your child. A variety of restrictions can be placed like neglect by a parent, substance abuse, lack of emotional ties with the child, abusive use of conflict, etc.   Abusive use of conflict which creates the danger of serious damage to the child’s Read More

Three Things to Do If You’re Experiencing Domestic Abuse in Washington

Domestic violence includes physical violence between intimate partners, as well as manipulative behavior intended to exert power and control over you. Those experiencing domestic violence may notice that their partner is limiting their access to family and friends, money, and even healthcare. Domestic abusers often use children as pawns in their manipulation, making their behavior dangerous to everyone in the Read More