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Kathryn Verity Fields

Bellevue Domestic Violence Lawyer.

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  1. My wife filed for a protection order against me claiming I pushed her against the wall.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Kathryn Verity Fields
    2. Peter Jaret Abbarno
    3. Mark L. Alexander
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    You should consult with an attorney as a civil Order of Protection can have criminal implications later. In my experience with cases on the Seattle Domestic Violence Calendar, it is very difficult for the person accused to obtain a dismissal of the case. The standard of proof that the Court uses in civil order of protection cases is "more probable than not." In plain English, that means if the Court is 51% convinced that you committed domestic violence and 49% that you did not, it is likely...

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  2. My wife was just charged for domestic assault via wash state against me, can I ask the judge to drop the charges what's

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Teresa Lynn Border
    2. Kathryn Verity Fields
    3. James J White
    3 lawyer answers

    There are two types of domestic violence cases. One is "civil" in which the victim can petition the Court for an Order of Protection against the person accused of domestic violence. In that type of case, if you started one, then yes, you can ask the Court to drop it. However, the second type of domestic violence case is "criminal." In this instance, it is the state (or city) that brings the action against the person accused of committing domestic violence. In this instance, which you describe,...

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  3. Child's father lied to pediatrician, do I have any recourse?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Kathryn Verity Fields
    2. Barry Cahn Boykin
    3. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    3 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately, a common tactic by some parents is to allege the other parent is "unfit" or to exaggerate or complain about imagined deficits the primary parent has. Courts and judges have seen and heard such complaints for decades. The Court takes such accusations seriously but that also means that allegations are investigated--not simply taken at face value as accurate. You did not mention if you have an attorney. If you do, you should bring these problems to his or her attention. I do...

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  4. Child support

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Kathryn Verity Fields
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    Definitely. In Washington, the court and parties still need to determine which parent will be the primary residential parent (A primary custodian of the children must be identified in the parent plan by law, even if the children reside substantially 50/50 with the 2 parents). The primary residential parent (which we formerly referred to as the parent with "custody"), must receive child support of some amount from the other parent. By statute, the Court may consider (note: "consider") the...

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  5. In Washington State, I was convicted of fourth degree assault/ non DV. They took my gun rights, but what recourse do I have?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Patrick Owen Earl
    2. Kathryn Verity Fields
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    The side-effects of legal entanglements can be frustrating. Fortunately, you have done the smart thing by hiring an attorney to assist you. Try to work the problem through him (or her). Your attorney knows the procedure and law that must be contended with. It may help to understand that the legal system moves very slowly. And in cases where assault or other crimes against persons are alleged or involved, the Court exercises a lot of caution. The Judge does not know you personally, so he...

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  6. Should I hire a real estate attorney or family law lawyer?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Dave Hawkins
    2. Rina Marian Goodman
    3. Kathryn Verity Fields
    4. Robert E. Millsap III
    5. Robert A. Stumpf
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    If the house was in the divorce decree--and the decree stated it would be sold and the proceeds divided--the details of price, listing agent, terms, etc., are within the jurisdiction of the Court to resolve. Usually the Decree provides a mechanism on how to resolve such details, but not always. The problem you describe is not uncommon. A real estate attorney would unlikely be able to provide any assistance. The matter is covered by family law and your divorce decree. If you do not have an...

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  7. Is there a law or what can be done in this situation where there is a order of protection against the father....

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Teresa Lynn Border
    2. Kathryn Verity Fields
    2 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately, this is a common abuse of protection orders. The solution depends on what precisely the Order says. I recommend you contact my office for a free consultation (or another another attorney who also frequently practices civil protection order cases) to review the exact language of the order. Many times a motion can be brought to remedy the problem. If the Court did not intend to have the order of protection prevent you from contact with your children, judges are often unhappy...

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  8. Can you be held responsible for not picking up your grandmother that as dementia from the hospital?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Kathryn Verity Fields
    1 lawyer answer

    I would recommend you or her children contact DSHS for assistance. It is possible that your grandmother qualifies for public assistance. This can include health care, nursing home care, and so on. If you do not want to assume financial responsibility, I recommend you carefully read any papers you are asked to signed. If you are not her guardian, do not have a medical power of attorney, etc., there is likely no reason you should assume any responsibility or sign any forms. If you are told...

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  9. Daughter now lives with mother under WA law will this change the child support order

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2. Frank A Selden
    3. Kathryn Verity Fields
    3 lawyer answers

    You should consult with an attorney to assist on your case as it involves not only child support, but also the parenting plan/residential schedule. The mere fact that your daughter is residing with you now does not by itself mean the child support will change. In Washington, child support (money matters) are one issue and the residential schedule (custody) is a separate issue. More information will be needed by the attorney to determine whether the child support should change at all, whether...

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  10. Divorcing convicted child molester incest

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Kathryn Verity Fields
    1 lawyer answer

    If you have over $600K in marital assets, plus you are the parent with whom the children will reside, I strongly advise that you retain competent, professional legal counsel. Very few divorce cases are appropriate for people to try and represent themselves. Some people do try to use a mediator to solve their divorce case instead of hiring an attorney. I am aware that this works for some people and many people have been satisfied with such services. However, the downside of using mediation...

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