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Bruce Clement

Auburn Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Is it a bar association violations for a judge who has sat on my case to now be representing the other parties pro-bono?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Bruce Clement
    2. Philip Douglas Cave
    2 lawyer answers

    The Washington State Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) for attorneys address this issue. RPC 1.12(a) provides: "FORMER JUDGE, ARBITRATOR, MEDIATOR OR OTHER THIRD-PARTY NEUTRAL: "(a) Except as stated in paragraph (d), a lawyer shall not represent anyone in connection with a matter in which the lawyer participated personally and substantially as a judge or other adjudicative officer or law clerk to such a person or as an arbitrator, mediator or other third- party neutral, unless all parties...

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  2. When my ex Boyfreind ( Never married) refuses to take our daughter to her sports practices that I pay for. I have custody.

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. G. Geoffrey Gibbs
    2. Bruce Clement
    3. Scott T Ashby
    4. Tony Anthony
    4 lawyer answers

    It sounds like you will need to file a motion for clarification or a petition for minor modification of the parenting plan. Check your PP. Normally you will first need to attempt to resolve this dispute through mediation. See my AVVO Answers and Legal Guides on parenting plans, motions to clarfy, and petitions to modify for more information about the legal issues raised by your inquiry. Please keep in mind that although my AVVO Answers and Legal Guides are often informative, they are no...

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  3. Ex is filing bankrupsy. How does that affect me on home

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Larry Jerome Couture
    2. Kristina Rose Ralls
    3. Bruce Clement
    4. Deborah B Josephson
    5. Clint W Smith
    5 lawyer answers

    I agree with Mr. Couture. The quit claim deed should make it clear that you are now the sole owner. It might be worthwhile to consult with an attorney about getting your ex off the loan too. See my AVVO Answers and Legal Guides on division of assets and debts for more information about the legal issues raised by your inquiry. Please keep in mind that although my AVVO Answers and Legal Guides are often informative, they are no substitute for legal advice from an attorney you have retained for...

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  4. I have retraining orders through family court, and I complaint about the emails I have received from my ex. but the file closed

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Celeste Evening Star Donnelly Miller
    2. Patrick Owen Earl
    3. Bruce Clement
    4. Henry Lebensbaum
    4 lawyer answers

    On the RO issue, I would talk to the DV advocates at the King County Courthouse. On the immigration issue, make an appointment for a free 1/2 hour consultation with an immigration attorney.

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  5. My boyfriend and I are discussing marriage. He has a child support lien and IRS debt (50K) Can I be protected from this?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Bruce Clement
    2. Sean Ryan Kennedy
    3. Michael T Millar
    4. Jonathan H Levy
    4 lawyer answers

    Yes. In theory, pre-marital debts remain the sole responsibility of the original debtor. In addition, child support is normally the sole debt of the obligor after marriage. However, I have seen courts and agencies make mistakes. The best option is to execute a pre-nuptial agreement that adresses these issues.

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  6. What is involved in the appeal process for a family law case?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Bruce Clement
    2. Kate M Forrest
    3. Dave Hawkins
    4. Edward James Hirsch Jr
    4 lawyer answers

    Books are written on this issue. In general, an appeal is "on the record"; the appellate court looks at the trial court file and the transcript of the testimony. Deference is usually given to the trial court on all factual questions. You have limited time to file an appeal. If you are interested in doing so, see an appellate attorney ASAP.

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  7. Can I file for divorce in any county within my state of residency?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Bruce Clement
    2. Michael Evan Stowell
    2 lawyer answers

    Technically, yes, as long as you both agree. If your spouse disagrees, you have no choice but to file int the county of residence. It’s always best to consult with a good family law attorney to discuss the details before you act. See my AVVO Legal Guides on divorce for more information about the legal issues raised by your inquiry. Click on my photo. On my AVVO home page click on "View Contributions" or scroll down further and click on "Legal Guides." Scroll down the list of my 29 Legal Guides...

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  8. When splitting real estate property in a Washington State divorce, does apportioning apply?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Bruce Clement
    2. Dave Hawkins
    3. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3 lawyer answers

    Different methods are used in different situations by different judges. Yours is one of the thories that is sometimes adopted by the court. It would be best to consult with a good family law attorney, who would want to explore additional details. See my AVVO Legal Guides on divorce and property division for more information about the legal issues raised by your inquiry. Click on my photo. On my AVVO home page click on "View Contributions" or scroll down further and click on "Legal Guides."...

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  9. I have a divorce/visitation issue that I am dealing with myself.

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. G. Geoffrey Gibbs
    2. Bruce Clement
    3. Sarah Lynn Karp
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with Mr. Gibbs. In addition, you should check the Local Rules of the court; they often have specific requirements for certain types of cases (like divorce and child custody). Normally the court will appoint a GAL if one is requested, but the parties have to pay the GAL fees. Unless you have evidence of fraudulent intent, what your ex did is probably not unlawful. However, it borders on harassment. You can either consult an attorney in WA on a possible anti-harassment petition, or...

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  10. About how much does an amicable divorce cost in Washington State?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2. Bruce Clement
    3. Joshua A Pops
    3 lawyer answers

    The cost is very unpredictable. If the parties are in agreement on all issues, they should be able to fill out the mandatory forms on www.courts.wa/gov/forms. The filing fee varies from county to county, but is in the $200 - 300 range. Minor disagreements can often be resolved by going to a mediation service like the Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution, which accepts mediations for parties in other counties.

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