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Steven Scott Burkhalter

Edmonds Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Can a father relinquish his parental rights if the mother approves it?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Steven Scott Burkhalter
    1 lawyer answer

    There are many answers to this question. Generally, Washington will not terminate a father's parental rights simply to avoid paying child support. If there is an individual who will adopt the child (e.g., your new spouse), his rights will be terminated in the adoption process and he will be relieved of paying ongoing support.

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  2. Taking my kid out of the household for anyreason...while seperated

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Steven Scott Burkhalter
    1 lawyer answer

    The short answer is yes. In order to establish a custody arrangement (i.e., which parent the child shall reside with), you will need to get a parenting plan entered with the court. While a divorce is pending, you can file a motion for temporary orders to include a temporary parenting plan.

  3. Is a statement signed by both parents considered a legal document

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Steven Scott Burkhalter
    2. Susan Lee Beecher
    2 lawyer answers

    Unless the parenting plan provides otherwise, a new plan signed by a judge should be entered.

  4. My sister and neice are being physically abused by my sister's girlfriend. My sister won't leave and I want to get custody of

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Steven Scott Burkhalter
    2. Lisa M Larrick
    2 lawyer answers

    From the facts you have presented, it appears you will need to commence a nonparental custody action in the Superior Court of the county where you reside. RCW 26.10 You should also report the abuse to the the police.

  5. Is this a valid marraige in Washington? Do I need to "get a divorce"?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Steven Scott Burkhalter
    2 lawyer answers

    Correction to my previous post: the applicable statute is RCW 26.04.070 rather than the posted 26.09.070.

  6. Is this a valid marraige in Washington? Do I need to "get a divorce"?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Steven Scott Burkhalter
    2 lawyer answers

    In the solemnization of marriage no particular form is required, except that the parties thereto shall assent or declare in the presence of the minister, priest, or judicial officer solemnizing the same, and in the presence of at least TWO ATTENDING WITNESSES, that they take each other to be husband and wife. RCW 26.09.070 (emphasis added). Thus, it appears from your post, the marriage is not valid, particularly when combined with the other facts you have shared (e.g., drinking, no license,...

  7. My husband left the state and committed Bigamy in Thailand and is planning on returning to the states with his bride.

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. David Alexander Browde
    2. Steven Scott Burkhalter
    3. Christopher T. Anderson
    3 lawyer answers

    Aside from any potential criminal implications (i.e., bigamy), Washington is a "no fault" State, which means one can simply allege the marriage is "irretrievably broken"; thus, no grounds are needed. You may commence a divorce action with or without his signature, although service of the action is required.

  8. Filing papers?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Steven Scott Burkhalter
    2. David Alexander Browde
    2 lawyer answers

    I also recommend you may use a lawyer in the COUNTY in which your former spouse/significant other is located, although any licensed Washington attorney could assist you.

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