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Divorcing in Washington state? Here are some terms you need to learn

Divorce is a fact of modern life. It’s like birthdays but without the cake and the song.

In a divorce, spouses will be exchanging words far removed from the poetic language they used during their nuptials. Promises “to love and to cherish” and “to honor and sustain” are traded in for “marital dissolution,” “distribution of assets,” and “child support.

Vets behaving badly: Dogs that didn’t stand a chance against erring pet doctors

Animal cruelty — we abhor it. We can’t even stand the sight of animal death scenes in movies. However, we rein in our adoration for fur babies when we’re handling personal injury lawsuits involving dog bites for our clients in Renton.

The state of Washington is a “strict liability state,” which means owners are liable for their dogs’ bites whether or not they know that their dogs are dangerous prior to the biting incident.

Child custody battles that prove parents fighting over their children is not always in the children’s best interest

While the best of marriages is what most couples dream of when they tie the knot, stories of nasty, drawn-out divorces ought to be considered as child abuse when you factor in how brutal custody battles can be on the children involved.

Lawyers are often depicted in popular media as heartless moneygrubbers, but we at Buckingham, LaGrandeur & Williams do have hearts that bleed and break for the youngsters who are caught in the middle of their parents’ fights.