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Posted by Elizabeth Steen | Nov 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Working with us is pretty straightforward. Here is what you will need to work out for a divorce with children in Seattle or King County: 

Checklist for Uncontested Divorce With Children

Divorce Court Forms
Petition: FL 201, CIF, Vital Statistics for Health Department
Additional Forms: Declaration in Lieu, Certificate of Compliance, Case Information Cover Sheet
Parenting Forms: FL 130 Support Order, Support Worksheet, FL 140 Parenting Plan
Finalization Forms: FL 231 Findings and Conclusions, FL 241 Final Dissolution

Child Support

Budget for each parent      

  • Home mortgage/rent for each parent
  • Insurance
  • Tax considerations
  • 4 categories of child expenses

State Calculation/Formula

  • Use the state formula to find net income and support for each parent
  • 4 categories of child expenses factored
  • Spousal maintenance can be paired or separate
  • Worksheet filed with the court

Children's Special Needs

  • Educational needs
  • Health needs
  • Activities (skiing, lessons, computers)
  • Travel (for family or parents who live in different cities)

Division of Expenses

  • By income ratio, or 50-50

Parenting Plan

Decision making

  • Joint or separate decision categories
  • Rely on an expert
  • Dispute resolution

Time Flow Considerations

  • Activities
  • Children's temperament (is change easy or difficult, do they prefer tigth schedules or flexibility, etc)
  • Creative ways to add parent/child time to the schedule (one parent does school drop off every morning, one parent takes child out for treat halfway through block of other parent's time)
  • Parent's needs in re work, weekends, travel
  • School/daycare calendar management

Holidays

  • Joint or separate
  • Travel
  • Extended family considerations

Financial Asset Division

Home

  • Will one parent stay?
  • Mortgage required?
  • Refinance BEFORE paperwork filed
  • Scheduling needs for refinance
  • Divide equity, and if necessary use equity to adjust other payments to each parent

Debts

  • Student loans are separate debt
  • Revolving credit can be retired with home equity
  • Pay off cars with home equity or transfer payments

Accounts

  • RSUs or other employment benefits
  • IRA/Roth for each parent – check for QDRO requirements
  • Retirement considerations
  • SSA benefits (10-year marriage, etc)
  • Pensions

Spreadsheet of Assets and Debts

About the Author

Elizabeth Steen

Elizabeth Steen is licensed in Washington State as well as Washington D.C. After work, Elizabeth enjoys making her West Seattle renowned flan recipe with her daughter, which she’s willing to share with favorite clients. She also enjoys hiking, yoga and chasing her family’s fantasy football league title every fall.

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