Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Hold on…That’s my Kid too.

It happens often.  A marriage breaks up and now the kid(s) will live primarily with one of the former spouses.  Now, what happens when that divorcee wants to move out of town to pursue other interests?  Well, obviously your child will be involved in that move as well and you may become estranged from your own child.

More often than not, it is fathers who face this situation. Did you know that three out of four mothers with custody move within four years of separation or divorce?  The reasons why don’t matter so much.  They vary widely, from employment, to being closer to family, to moving in or with a new lover.

Stop…that is my kid too!  You have the right to fight against relocation of your children.  If you have ceased civil communication with your ex, then it is time to seek the advice and counsel of Spokane area family lawyer Craig Mason.  Attorney Mason has been dealing with child custody cases in Eastern Washington for decades.  Call his office right away at (509) 443-3681.


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"Join us for our fifth annual MOTHER’S DAY 5K virtual race! We will again be raising funds for VITAMIN ANGELS, an organization that provides vitamins and minerals to mothers and babies that need them."


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Property Distribution in Divorce

In a community property state, such as Washington, before the court can divide the property, it must “characterize” the property as either the separate property of one spouse, or as the “community property” of the marriage (or as the community property of some other relationship recognized by the courts).

The “community” owns all the labor of the husband and wife (or domestic partners) during the period of the relationship.  All assets that resulted from the labor of either spouse or partner are community assets.

Additionally, as is true in about one-half of the community property states, the judges in Washington State also have the power over separate property to give it to the other spouse.  The only requirement is that the judge make a “just and equitable” distribution of the assets and liabilities.

The dissolution trial process is complex, characterizing property can become complicated, and there are a variety of “presumptions” that impact the court’s “characterization” of the property. Every step in the litigation affects who gets what.

An attorney who is experienced and skilled at this aspect of divorce litigation is family law attorney Craig Mason.  Arrange an appointment at his office located at West 1707 Broadway in Spokane by calling (509) 443-3681.

Spokane Home & Garden Show, Apr 13-15

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"42nd Annual Spokane Home & Garden Show -- April 13-15, 2018 at the Convention Center"

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Post-Car Accident Guidelines.

We hope that you do not require this tutorial, but most of us do at some point.  It is important to know the basic guidelines of what to do in the aftermath of an auto accident that includes potential or obvious injuries.  By following the proper steps, it could result in you and your loved ones obtaining fair compensation.

1.  Always, immediately assist the injured.
2.  If you are the one injured get medical assistance asap.
3.  Insist on a complete investigation and report filed by the police.
4.  Do NOT move your vehicle.
5.  Obtain eyewitness names and phone numbers.
6.  Report your loss ONLY to your own insurance company.

There are others, but these will give you an advantage over someone who is acting solely out of panic.  As soon as you can, please call my office.  I am Craig Mason a Spokane Washington area auto accident lawyer.  Give me a call at (509) 443-3681 and make an appointment at my office located at West 1707 Broadway.

Visit Downtown Spokane

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"A pleasant bike ride through downtown Spokane: this 9.2-mile trail runs past some of Spokane's historical sites, like Browne's Addition neighborhood and Riverfront Park."


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Property Agreements

Property agreements are commonly thought of as “pre-nuptial agreements” between people about to get married who want to protect separate property, or protect an inherited family home, from being later divided by the court as community property, if there should be a divorce.
However, property agreements can be made between spouses after marriage to clarify the status of property in the event of death of one or both spouses, as well as in case of divorce.

Also, these days, someone who has had a rough divorce will say, “I’m never getting married, so I won’t go through that again,” but then, after spending a decade with someone they did not marry, they learn that their “marriage-like” property can be divided just like community property.  Even the unmarried need property agreements.  Just refusing to get married does not prevent a subsequent battle over the distribution of property accumulated during a committed, intimate, relationship.

Most people should have a property agreement. One person who is adept at drafting a binding property agreement is Spokane family attorney Craig Mason.  Arrange an appointment at his office located at West 1707 Broadway in Spokane by calling (509) 443-3681.