This Legal Guide discusses which state court will take jurisdiction in a child custody case where no child custody order has yet been adopted. This issue is resolved by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). © Bruce Clement
This Legal Guide discusses the issues and procedure for getting a legally enforceable parenting plan. When parents split up, they both may make legal claims to custody and visitation. The only way to get stability on these issues is to get a court order defining each parent's rights. Bruce Clement
Children can become alienated from a noncustodial parent when the custodian constantly interrupts the other parent's visitation, and bad mouths that parent to the children. This Legal Guide discusses the practical legal steps that can be taken to remedy this situation. © Bruce Clement
One of the most difficult legal issues in child custody cases is presented when one parent moves with the child to another country. This Legal Guide discusses some of the legal issues and solutions to this problem. © Bruce Clement
Child support normally ends after a child is 18 and graduates from high school. If the child then enters college or a vocational school and wants to be supported by both parents, the child or either parent can file a petition to require both parents to pay some or all of the cost. © Bruce Clement
If the custodial parent relocates with the kids after a final Parenting Plan is adopted, the relocating parent must give formal notice of intent to relocate and give the other spouse an opportunity to object. The court will consider 11 statutory factors before the move is allowed. © Bruce Clement
What is Cyberstalking? An example of cyber-stalking would be if a husband during a divorce used spyware to access his wife's home computer by using the "key stroke retrieval" or "screen shot" functions. "Domestic violence" is defined by RCW 26.50.010 (1) (c) to include "stalking...
Stalking is specifically included in the definition of domestic violence. This Legal Guide discusses the relevant statutes and rules to establish a stalking event as domestic violence. © Bruce Clement
Sometimes a divorce is granted by error or fraud. When this happens, the court can vacate the divorce final orders, and schedule new hearings to correct orders that were entered through fraud, misrepresentation, or misconduct. © Bruce Clement
The family law court in Washington State is authorized to award attorney's fees in divorce cases. Usually this is done in only two situations: (1) a wide disparity in financial resources, or (2) one party is guilty of gross misbehavior to the court. This Legal Guide addresses the issue of lies.