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Steven Burkhalter’s Legal Guides

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  • Terminating Parental Rights in a Private Adoption v. Third Party Custody

    This guide demonstrates the burdens placed on a nonparent when seeking to adopt a child over the objection of a natural parent where the natural parent has failed to perform parental obligations (past performance) versus the burdens placed on a nonparent when seeking to obtain le...

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  • WASHINGTON STATE HB 1565: MODIFYING/TERMINATING THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTION ORDER

    DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEFINED. Domestic violence is defined as (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, between family or household members; (b) sexual assault of one family or household member by anothe...

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  • THE PRENUP BASICS: FAIRNESS & FULL DISCLOSURE

    I have increasingly been asked about prenuptial agreements. Maybe it is the warm weather (unless you live in western Washington), the fear of the unknown, a prior divorce, or just a way to protect oneself in the unfortunate event things dont work out. As with almost any contract...

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  • SAME SEX MARRIAGE & THE AUTOMATIC CONVERSION OF THE REGISTERED DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP IN WASHINGTON ST

    On November 6, 2012, Washington voters approved (53.7%) Referendum Measure No. 74, allowing people of the same sex to legally marry in Washington State. Nine states plus Washington, D.C., allow same sex marriage. Prior to Referendum 74, people of the same sex could register with...

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  • NOTICE: MOVING, RELOCATION, MODIFYING THE PARENTING PLAN

    You have been offered a job in another State. The job offers better pay and better opportunity. Two years ago, you went through an amicable divorce with your spouse. In those divorce proceedings, a final parenting plan was entered establishing the residential provisions for your...

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  • OBJECTING TO A SPOUSE’S RELOCATION WITH CHILDREN

    I have been handed a document from a stranger stating my ex-spouse intends to move to another State with our children. Two years ago, I went through an amicable divorce with my spouse. In those divorce proceedings, a final parenting plan was entered establishing the residential ...

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  • RELOCATING WITH CHILDREN: THE IMPACT ON A PARENTING PLAN—RESIDENTIAL SCHEDULE

    The Final Parenting Plan Two years ago, the parents (petitioner and respondent) went through an amicable divorce. In those divorce proceedings, a final parenting plan was entered establishing the residential provisions for the parties children. Under the plan, the petitioner has ...

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  • THE PARENTING PLAN—RESIDENTIAL SCHEDULE

    What is a parenting plan? In all divorces involving children, the Court will adopt a parenting plan the Court determines to be in the childrens best interests. A parenting plan is a court ordered document that sets forth the residential schedule for the children throughout the ye...

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  • HB 1021: EDUCATING PARENTS OF THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF PARENTAL ABDUCTION IN CHILD CUSTODY CASES

    The 2013 Washington State Legislature is considering a bill that would amend RCW 26.09 (Dissolution/Legal Separation Proceedings). The proposed bill would require any parent who commences divorce or legal separation proceedings involving a minor child would be provided a pamphle...

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  • THE DOG, THE CAT, THE HORSE & PARROT

    Let me preface my comment below by saying, "I love animals." I grew up with pets, I have pets, I love pets. Pets are an integral part of one's family. In a divorce action, where do the pets go? The short answer is, and should be, by agreement of the parties. Yes, I have crafted d...

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