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Brook Andrew Goddard

Brook Goddard’s Answers

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  • I have a 12 year old son, he does not want to go to his father's for weekend visits. Is there any way to stop the visits?

    My ex husband is a police officer and very difficult to deal with. My son told me he wants to run away from his house. My son is being emotionally abused. I have taken him to a counsler for many months and she has documented that he does not wa...

    Brook’s Answer

    Yes, but you will have to go to court to get orders addressing the problems. When children are being mistreated, courts are very willing to step in with temporary and even new final orders to address problems.

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  • My ex-wife has been living with another man and now pregnant from him. Is there any way I can get out of paying alimony?

    We have been divorced for two years. The alimony I agreed at the time was for four years. As soon as I moved out of the house she was having her not known at the time boyfriend stay overnight. I have two daughters and pay child support. Four m...

    Brook’s Answer

    It's possible that you can get the spousal maintenance reduced or terminated, but you'd have to litigate the matter (i.e. file a petition with the court). You need to calculate how much you might be able to save if your petition is successful and weigh that against the costs (e.g. attorney fees, your time, etc)..

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  • Name change for minor, no contact with other parent for 5 years need help ?

    My daughter is almost 6 years old and has her fathers last name the thing is that he left when she was like a week old to Mexico and never has contacted us he said he wanted nothing to do with her and I want her last name to be the same as mine I ...

    Brook’s Answer

    I've done a number of name change proceedings, and if the father has had nearly no contact with the child since birth and you don't know where he is, the court will likely allow the name change. The paperwork just needs to be done properly to explain the situation to the Court. Give my office a call (425-453-9200) if you'd like to retain my office for these proceedings.

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  • I stayed home w/ our kids for 10 yrs. My husband makes 100k/yr. & has a lawyer, does he have to provide mine?

    My husband always provided financially while I tended to our children and the home front. I was recently served with dissolution of marriage and a parenting plan. He has taken our children from me because I am unable to financially support them, ,...

    Brook’s Answer

    The court has the ability to order your husband to cover some of your initial attorney fees, since you have the need and if he has the ability to provide the funds (which he sounds like he does). You'll want to retain an attorney as soon as possible to get temporary orders from the court, including return of your children since you have been the primary parent over the years. If you don't act quickly however you could be seen by the court as acquescing to your husband having the children. If you would like to discuss legal representation, feel free to give my office a call tomorrow.

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  • I am looking into possibly moving fro wa state to Ohiowith my two children. My fiance lives there and has a good job lined up.

    My ex is a decent Dad, but he doesn't support the kids at all. He has no job or anything and hasn't for over a year

    Brook’s Answer

    You have what the Courts call a "relocation" situation, and the Courts will require you to follow very specific notice requirements well in advance of your moving with the children. The father has a right to object to your relocation, although if you are the primary parent there will be a presumption in favor of your relocation. You will want to consult with an attorney to make sure you properly follow the Court's notice requirements.

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  • I have been divorced for two years. My x wife wants to take our daughter to another state. please help. wa state.

    My x is the custodial parent. I don't want my x to take her across the country. I have never missed a payment on child support and I follow the parenting plan. Do I have the right to keep our daughter in this state.

    Brook’s Answer

    This is termed a "relocation" issue, and you have the right to object to the relocation through court action. Your ex is also required to follow specific notice of relocation requirements, failure of which may result in your objection being granted by the court. If the court agrees with your objection, it has the option of changing child custody such that your daughter will remain with you when your ex moves out of state.

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  • MY ex wife is taking my son out of state without notifying me. I need to file a motion for contemtpt.

    I live out of state and need to file a motion for contempt in Snohomish county. There is language specific in our parenting plan requiring her to notify me if my son spends 24 hours away from home. She has refused specific requests for that kind o...

    Brook’s Answer

    It sounds like you may have a basis for a contempt motion, but given your being out of state (not to mention all of your substantive and procedural questions) you likely need to retain an attorney.

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  • Does an irregular work schedule preclude me from establishing a parenting plan?

    I am the non-custodial parent of a 2-year old and see him regularly. However,his mother refers to my role as 'baby-sitting', calls the shots as to when I can see him, and will not allow him to spend nights at my house or travel with me to see his ...

    Brook’s Answer

    An irregular work schedule does not preclude you from being able to obtain a parenting plan. The situation you describe obviously creates some problems, but you have a right to an enforceable parenting plan. Some creative problem solving (likely with the aid of an attorney) is all that is needed.

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  • 19 years married -Wife maintenance what could I aks for?

    I have been married for 19 years we are going to file for divorce soon . I am stay at home mom, 2 small kids (1 and 4 year old) . I have work for the 15 years during the marriage is the last 4 since i had kids i didn't work. I could not work what...

    Brook’s Answer

    Unlike child support, which for the most part has very predictable calculations (most attorneys have a program that computes the amount using the total family income(s)), spousal maintenance does not have a fixed method of calculation. The Court has a great deal of discretion to order maintenance in an amount and duration that the Court deems "just” after considering all of the various legal factors. You'll need an attorney to analyze this issue, after reviewing all of the household assets and income.

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  • I will be filing for a dissolution of marriage In WA state next year, and I have a question about our title on our ho

    I will be filing for a dissolution of marriage In Washington state next year, and I have a question about our title on our house and financial responsibilities. We are filing for chapter eater 7 or 13 this month and we have an attorney for that...

    Brook’s Answer

    If you and your soon to be ex-husband are able to agreed to remain as joint tenants in common of the house (for a specified period of time I would assume - not indefinitely) you may do so - otherwise the Court is required by case law to ensure that title to all assets are fully divided (if title can't be separated, the Court will likely order the asset sold).

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