6/10/2009
Andrew Kim
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The recession is forcing divorced parents back to court to adjust or modify their child support obligations.  House values have declined, one parent may have been laid off from work, or day care costs and insurance increase, all of which have  increased a backlog in the family court calendars.

In this Star Tribune news article, Minnesota State courts spokesman John Kostouros said 5,380 parents filed for child support adjustments in the first quarter of 2009, up from 4,912 during the same period a year ago.  Nationally, the American Academy of Matrimonial lawyers has reported that 39 percent of the nation's top divorce attorneys cite an increase in modifications being made to child support payments.


Locally, in the Seattle, Bellevue, Washington area, we are getting more and more calls about adjusting child support and petitioning for modification of child support.  If you find yourself in an unexpected financial situation where you might need to change your support obligation, call us at the Andrew Kim Law Firm and speak with a child support attorney who can tell you what your options are.



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4/15/2009
Andrew Kim
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Mel Gibson's wife of 28 years filed for divorce Monday, citing "irreconcilable differences" in Los Angeles Superior Court.  Robyn Gibson is asking for joint custody of their 10 year old son.  The other six children are 18 or older.

Robyn is seeking jewelry and earnings and assets she accrued after the couple separated, and a share of the money and assets Mel Gibson, 53, has earned during his nearly three decades as a Hollywood hitmaker which is a huge fortune estimated to be somewhere near one billion dollars.  She also wants spousal support and her attorney's fees to paid.

In response, Mel Gibson does not want to pay spousal support and is seeking that attorneys' fees be paid out of the couple's joint property.  The couple were married in June 1980.  Since there was no pre-nuptial agreement signed, Robyn stands to receive the largest divorce settlement in history.


The Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC represents both men and women in divorce cases in Bellevue, Seattle, and other cities on the Eastside of King County including Redmond, Issaquah, Sammamish, and Kirkland.  Call an experienced Bellevue divorce attorney at (425) 289-1990 or toll free at 1-800-636-3676.



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4/11/2009
Andrew Kim
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A Saudi man in Iraq has set a legal precedent by divorcing his wife by text message.  He informed his wife that she was no longer his spouse.  Simple as that.  He then followed up with a telephone call to two of his relatives to confirm the split.  A court in the Red Sea city of Jeddah finalized the divorce.  Simple as that. 

Saudi Arabia practices a strict form of Islamic Sharia law, under which the law a man can divorce his wife by simply saying "I divorce you" three times.  Kind of like Dorothy in "Wizard of Oz", click your heels three times and your wish will come true.

If it were only that simple.  Of course it's not.  A divorce can be straight forward if it's uncontested and there are no children involved but it can also be very complex with division of property disputes, child custody and support issues, spousal support, etc.

The Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC can help guide you through the maze of legal issues and define a clear path to reach your goals in a divorce case.  Call us in the Seattle and Bellevue areas at (425) 289-1990 or toll free at 1-800-636-3676 for a free initial consultation with a divorce attorney. 



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