CHANGE YOUR BENEFICIARY DESIGNATIONS

A new Washington State Court of Appeals decision was issued on June 1, 2015, which makes it clear that if you have not removed your ex-spouse as your beneficiary from your pension or retirement plans that are Federally regulated and you die – your ex-spouse will get the money.  Even when your divorce decree awards

I think my child’s other parent is under the influence . . . .

As a parent who is either going through a dissolution proceeding, or has an existing Parenting Plan or other custody order, there may come a time when you suspect that the other parent is suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Even if you don’t believe that there is an addiction problem, you may

Is child relocation a “slam dunk” for primary residential parents?

Washington’s statute on relocation of a child heavily favors permitting the child’s relocation with the primary residential parent. Many clients ask if it is even worth objecting to the relocation. The answer, unfortunately, is “it depends.” An important distinction to remember, however, is the court cannot prevent a parent from relocating. The court can only

Substance Abuse in the Context of Family Law

Increasingly as family law practitioners we are faced with couples and families caught in the grip of crippling addictions. It can start simply: A dependence upon pain medication, prescribed in response to an injury, which blooms into an addict engaging in drug-seeking behavior. Or a drink at the end of a hectic day to “take

The Intersection of Mental Health and Family Law

Mental health issues have sprung to the forefront of the public consciousness in recent months. Robin Williams’s suicide being one of the most acute examples of the impact of mental health issues on a person who appears, to the outside world, to be jovial, put-together, and established. Sometimes people with a mental health diagnosis can

Welcome to Brewe Layman’s Puget Sound Family Law Blog!

Welcome to Brewe Layman’s Puget Sound Family Law Blog! We are excited to provide this resource to our clients and to others who may be facing questions about all matters related to family law. Family Law is a broad subject, and this blog will touch on a full range of topics. We will discuss all