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Diana Shepherd

Diana Shepherd (CDFA®) has over 30 years of experience as a marketing, branding, SEO, copywriting, editing, and publishing expert. As Family Lawyer Magazine, Divorce Magazine, and Divorce Marketing Group’s Content Director, she oversees all corporate content development and frequently creates SEO-friendly videos, podcasts, and copy for family law and financial firms. An award-winning editor, published author, and a nationally-recognized expert on divorce, remarriage, finance, and stepfamily issues, she is a frequent lecturer on the topics of divorce, finance, and marketing – both to local groups and national organizations. She has also been a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® since 2006.


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    Rosemarie LeMoine

    The comments about invading separate property don’t go quite far enough. In Washington State, where Amazon is headquartered, the Court can invade separate property if it deems that fair, without needing a special reason to do so. See In re Larson, 313 P.3d 1228(2013). Mr. Larson, an early MSFT employee, had a separate estate worth about 400 million dollars. The community estate was worth about 100 million dollars and almost all of it went to Mrs. Larson in their divorce. Mrs. Larson also got about 40 million of her husband’s separate property. They’d been married 25 years. Mr. Larson appealed, arguing there was no justification for the court to give his wife some of his separate property. Wrong! said the Court of Appeals. The court can divide separate property without needing to show a special reason for doing so. The ultimate property division just has to be fair.

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      Tricia Morris

      I agree with Rosemarie. Separate Property is no longer guaranteed to be “separate”. Fairness seems to be a determining factor.


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