Posted by Michelle Dellino | Mar 09, 2018 | 0 Comments
Some would say we are amid “Divorce Season”, with higher rates of divorce occurring January through March. We certainly see an influx this time of year.
When saying “I do”, most all couples hope for “happily ever after”. The truth is, however, more than half of American marriages end in divorc...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Feb 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
Tax season is underway and Americans have less than two months to file taxes for 2017.
For those who pay spousal maintenance to their former spouse all year long, filing taxes presents the opportunity to claim a tax deduction for these payments. This can often be quite significant! This is th...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Feb 13, 2018 | 0 Comments
Valentine's Day decorations have been rampant for over a month now. Reminders are everywhere of this holiday for celebrating love and romance. Sounds great, right? …..NOT for everyone…
If you are recently divorced or somewhere in the process of divorce or separation, this can be a particularly...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Jan 01, 2018 | 0 Comments
As 2017 comes to an end, many are contemplating New Year's resolutions. If nothing else, it is a time of reflection over the past year and a time to imagine what hopes and goals we have for the year ahead. Maybe you are planning to stop smoking, drink less, exercise more, eat healthier, or beco...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Dec 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
Happy New Year! It is time to put 2017 behind us and celebrate the start of a new year! We hope you enjoy your New Year's Eve festivities, and we urge you to take the steps necessary to ring in 2018 DUI-free.
Remember that a DUI is more than just a party foul. Safety is at risk! Seattle Dept ...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Dec 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
With droves of holiday travelers on the road, we urge you to heed our 10 simple tips for staying safe during holiday driving.
Whether you are out doing last minute shopping or heading out for a holiday road trip, you need to be prepared. Hazardous road conditions, heavy traffic, and anxious dr...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Dec 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
During the holiday season, there tends to be an upswing in crime rates for certain types of crimes. Some of the top crimes committed over the holidays include shoplifting, robbery, identity theft, DUI, and assault.
By remaining aware of holiday season risks you can better protect yourself and ...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Dec 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
The holidays are notoriously challenging for those undergoing stressful life changes, such as separation or divorce. Those enduring these experiences may endure amplified loneliness this time of year, while others are filled with holiday cheer.
The holiday season is often a particularly specia...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Dec 07, 2017 | 0 Comments
The holiday season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many it is just stressful and overwhelming. There can be unrealistic expectations for joy and gift giving, financial pressures and strain, and tense family dynamics.
Tempers flare and emotions run high during the...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Jul 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
Washington State has a new anti-distraction law, effective NOW. Be sure you understand the law so you can avoid a citation.
The Seattle Times and Komo News provide useful, detailed accounts of what is banned and what is legal. Here are some of the bullets:
Driving under the Influence of Elect...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Jul 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
We recently ran a post related to Sexual Exploitation and Patronizing charges, detailing the law and consequences, and describing how we can help. We referenced a sting operation in a Seattle massage parlor in 2016 where at least 204 men were arrested.
There has been another string of arrests re...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Jun 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
Last year, the Seattle Police Department's Vice & High Risk Victims Unit set up a successful sting operation in a Seattle massage parlor. At least 204 men, from all walks of life, were arrested for seeking paid sexual services. Please reference the Seattle Times article from 2016 for more detaile...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Jun 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
If you experience the often traumatizing and upsetting event of being charged with a DUI in Washington State, your focus will likely turn to concern about criminal penalties. You will find yourself thinking about jail time, fines, and other potential consequences.
Most people do not realize that...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Jun 06, 2017 | 0 Comments
When you are facing criminal charges, determining your legal representation becomes an essential next step. How do you determine whether you should hire a private attorney or use a public defender, if this option is available to you?
You have the right to speak with an attorney before talking to...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Jun 03, 2017 | 0 Comments
LGBT Family Law
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, making it a great opportunity to highlight issues surrounding LGBT Family Law.
Dellino Law Group fervently supports marriage and relationship equality. Regardless of sexual orientation or gender identi...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | May 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
Today we honor and give thanks to those who have served our country and who have died doing so. With gratitude, we remember all who have served.
Memorial Day weekend also symbolically kicks off summer festivities. You may be returning home from your celebration today or setting out for a day i...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
It's that time of year again! The weather is heating up and Washingtonians are ready to get out on the water. This week, the Seattle Times reminds us that police patrols are ready to be on the look-out for intoxicated boaters.
The article describes an increased, targeted effort by law enforcem...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | May 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
How legitimate are the legal limits for marijuana when it comes to determining driving impairment? Not very – according to a recent study.
The Seattle Times published an article this week discussing a study conducted by AAA. The study reports that marijuana DUI convictions are based on arbitrar...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
Like most major cities, Seattle has certain areas that see the most traffic tickets.
Seattle PI does us all a favor by highlighting these police “beats” where the most traffic stops appear to occur. Statistics in this article are pulled from Seattle Police Department reports and include traffic ...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | May 03, 2017 | 0 Comments
Once again, the Northwest reels in the aftermath of May Day, with a peaceful day of protest erupting in chaos and violence.
What is May Day?
May Day (May 1st) was originally an ancient pagan holiday, a celebration of Spring and the transition to Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Different cu...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Apr 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
If you are concerned that you are not receiving the appropriate amount of child support, we encourage you to:
Understand the basics about child support modification law
Assess whether anything has changed since the original order. This may include your child's needs or the fin...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Apr 06, 2017 | 0 Comments
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and a good opportunity for reminders about the legal, health, and social problems that excessive drinking can contribute to. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has been sponsoring Alcohol Awareness Month since 1987 and seeks to...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Apr 04, 2017 | 0 Comments
Dissolving a union that was intended to last forever is logistically challenging and emotionally painful. Following these tips will help you be better prepared and ultimately achieve a more optimal outcome in your divorce or separation.
7 things to do BEFORE you file for divorce or move out:
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Mar 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Think before you consider shoplifting! Even small items can add up to big problems. Merchants of all kinds throughout Washington State put significant funding into loss prevention and do not hesitate to encourage prosecution of even the smallest offenses.
If you have been charged with a theft ...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Mar 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
St Patrick's Day frequently involve leprechauns, shamrocks, good luck, and wearing shades of green. With this holiday come fun, festive celebrations, which unfortunately bring some of the highest rates of drunk driving.
Many St. Paddy's Day festivities will occur today and throughout the weeke...