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  • Can I go back to arbitration to change the % of college funds, and/or to go after half of the $185k extra she got on the house?

    Is there a statute of limitations on arbitrating some issues in a divorce agreement? Divorce was finalized almost 3 years ago. But some things have come up: Issue #1: We negotiated child-based issues early on, way before property was sett...

    Bruce’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Feinerman. It is very possible that the orders can be vacated based on financial info which was withheld or falsely stated by your ex. My AVVO Legal Guides on division of assets and vacating court orders may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • Can my ex-wife change my children's name in another state?

    My ex-wife has custody of my children and the state of Washington continues to have jurisdiction over the matter of the children, and the decree states as such and that no other state shall have jurisdiction over the children. She is now trying to...

    Bruce’s Answer

    In my humble opinion, Oregon would have jurisdiction for a name change if the kids now live there. The WA parenting statute is different from the name change statute. In most states, a petition for name change can be granted if the child is residing in that state. The UCCJEA applies only to custody disputes, not name changes. A name change can be granted during a custody dispute, but also can be done under a completely different name change statute. However, for the change to be legal the mom needs to give you prior notice and an opportunity to be heard in court. Most judges won't do the name change if one parent objects.

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  • Do parents have the right to an attorney to help them navigate the CPS system when their child is removed?

    Lost rights to child through CPS. Never had legal representation through out the case.

    Bruce’s Answer

    Yes, if both parents are indigent. My AVVO Legal Guides on CPS may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • What can I do if the opposing parties council was to present order but left out parts of the judges order

    My ex partner's council was to present order.. but left out parts of the judges order that was to be presented what can be done about this.. The amended plan dose not say what the judge said in court

    Bruce’s Answer

    You probably need to file a Motion to Vacate the existing order, and to enter an order which conforms to the Judge's ruling. My AVVO Legal Guides on Motions to Vacate may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • How do I ask for a date for this to be heard? Not sure of my next step

    I filed a modification of child support. I served petition and summons and have proof of service

    Bruce’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Haroldson. My AVVO Legal Guides on child support may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • Are my biological mother and father responsible for my tuition and medical bills?

    I lived with my mom until my last two years of high school, which then she sent my 2 younger siblings and I to Texas with my father. I graduated there and then moved back to Washington with my grandmother because she now had legal custody of them....

    Bruce’s Answer

    It sounds like you would like your parents to reimburse your grandparents for your college tuition. The normal standards for Post-Secondary Education Support (PSES) are in RCW 26.19.090. They normally apply only to a dispute about PSES between the parents. However, the duty of child support can arise when non-parents support a child. If you are a minor, it's possible that RCW 26.19.090 might allow your grandparents to seek reimbursement from your parents. They should consult with a good WA family law attorney. My AVVO Legal Guides on PSES may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • Is there anything I can do to have the agreed stipulations withdrawn due to the fact that my lawyer signed a version I never saw

    My ex and I had a trial to adjust our parenting plan. After the trial ended, the judge asked for agreed stipulations from the parties to be entered. My lawyer and I worked with my ex's lawyer on the agreed stipulations. They differed. My lawye...

    Bruce’s Answer

    You should file a motion to vacate the orders that you did not approve. Note: the judge may still enter the orders that you oppose - the judge will sign the orders that the judge wants, even if you disagree. My AVVO Legal Guides on divorce may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • How can I do an asset check on someone who owes me child support & may have hid or is likely to hide assets?

    How can I do an asset check ASAP for free, or low cost, pls? My son's father is threatening to withhold future support & currently is in arrears going on 2 months. I'm disabled & can't work right now & he's also significantly under-reporting wages...

    Bruce’s Answer

    You don't have to chase the dad for child support. The state will do it for free. Assign your right to child support to the WA State Division of Child Support. It's easy, and it's free.

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  • I need help

    I have had the state of tennessee take all of my returns since 2011 or so and i signed my rights away in 2010. what can I do is that legal

    Bruce’s Answer

    If your parental rights were terminated by court order, your parental obligations (including child support) are also normally terminated. You need to consult with an experienced family law attorney to review all of the facts. My AVVO Legal Guides on CPS and child support may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • Should I have to give my husband equity gain of my separate properties?

    my husband tried to divorce me and claim the gain of my two separate properties. I bought these two houses before I married him. We stay at one of my two houses. The other house is rental property. We have separate bank accounts. We don't mix the ...

    Bruce’s Answer

    You have to consult with an experienced family law attorney. Your husband probably has some claim to some part of the net equity in both houses, since your payments on the mortgages were (I assume) made from your wages during the marriage, and wages are community property. My AVVO Legal Guides on division of assets during a divorce may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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