The prospect of a marriage ending creates uncertainty, both personally and financially. In fact, many couples remain in unhappy and stressful situations out of fear that they will be forfeiting their lifestyle due to an income disparity with their spouse. One household becomes two, significantly increasing, if not doubling, expenses.
At O'Brian & Associates, our family law practice represents spouses in high net worth divorces throughout King County, Snohomish County and the Seattle area. Our lawyers work diligently to ensure that our clients are able to maintain the same or similar lifestyle they enjoyed during their marriage. Give us a call today to discuss your particular circumstances.
Our attorneys understand our clients' concerns and the stakes involved and focus on taking steps toward not only financial clarity, but also stability during life-changing times. You may be asking yourself, "Can I afford to get divorced?" Our response is, "Can you afford to stay in an unhappy marriage?"
The marital standard of living is an important factor in a divorce. Looking back at how couples and their children lived helps to determine property division and spousal support that can continue a similar way of life post-divorce. It is important to note that alimony for a spouse is not permanent. The court has an expectation that the individual will become self-supportive over time.
Washington is considered a fair and equitable state. Courts have discretion to divide all of a couple's marital and nonmarital assets equitably, not evenly. The commissioners hearing cases have the discretion to tailor solutions that take into consideration the marital lifestyle, property division and spouses' earning abilities. For example, one spouse could be granted more property in exchange for higher child support and spousal maintenance payments.
Since 1986, O'Brian & Associates has served the Eastside communities and Greater Seattle. Call us at 425-276-7677 or email our firm today to arrange a confidential consultation.