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Katherine Chrostowska

Lynnwood Family Law Attorney.

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  1. I don't have a parenting plan and I want to move to California with my son to be closer to my family and go back to school.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Katherine Chrostowska
    2. Michael J Corbin
    3. Rosemarie Warren LeMoine
    3 lawyer answers

    Since a parenting plan has not been entered with the court in your case, you are not subject to the notice of relocation requirements contained in every Washington parenting plan. It seems that you are not legally required to give the father notice of your intended relocation. However, the father could potentially file for emergency relief preventing you from removing the child from WA. Relocation issues tend to be complicated and many issues need to be considered before taking action. I...

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  2. Will the court issue a Qualified Domestic Relations Order with the divorce paperwork if requested, or must we handle that?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Richard Paul Patrick
    2. Dave Hawkins
    3. Katherine Chrostowska
    4. Mary Katherine Brown
    4 lawyer answers

    You must provide the court with a QDRO that you prepared. Often times, the pension or retirement plan have a specific format that they like you to use. I would suggest contacting them to see if that is true in your case. I would strongly suggest hiring an attorney to draft your divorce paperwork or at least reviewing it prior to submission to the court. An attorney could also draft a QDRO for you. Good luck!

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  3. Can we do a stepparent adoption while we're engaged?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Katherine Chrostowska
    2. Wendy Jordan Earle
    2 lawyer answers

    Step-parent adoptions involve numerous complex legal issues. I strongly suggest that you obtain an experienced family law attorney to assist you with your case. That being said, before a step-parent adoption can go through, the biological father's legal relationship with the child must be terminated, either via relinquishment or an involuntary termination. You indicated that this adoption is "uncontested" which leads me to believe that the birth father is willing to relinquish his parental...

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  4. My ex boy friend has not gave me my son back since last weekend.He is not on the birth certificate and no paternity established?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Dave Hawkins
    2. James T Hendry
    3. Frances Turean
    4. Katherine Chrostowska
    4 lawyer answers

    Based on your question, it seems that your ex has not been established as the father of the child, you should call the police to assist you in getting your child back. Do not attempt to try to get your child back alone as the situation may escalate.

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  5. How can I get tempRARY CUSTODY of my unborn grandchild in washington state

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Katherine Chrostowska
    1 lawyer answer

    Prior to you requesting any court to grant you third party custody, temporary or otherwise, the child must be born. Third party custody cases involve very complex legal issues. I strongly suggest that you do not attempt to do this alone and that instead you consult with an experienced family law attorney who can listen to the specific facts of your case and provide you with some guidance. Third party custody cases are typically an uphill battle. In general, the court will prefer to keep...

  6. If the court find the other in contempt of the PP provision 4 times. How likely would the court to adapt the new PP?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michelle Teresa Dellino
    2. Katherine Chrostowska
    2 lawyer answers

    Modifications of existing parenting plans involve complex legal issues. You should consult with an experienced family law attorney regarding the specific facts of your case. Generally, the courts favor continuity and it is the burden of the parent requesting the modification to show the court that said modification would be in the best interests of the child(ren). If the current parenting plan is being violated consistently to such a degree that there have been 4 contempt findings, you may...

  7. How do i go about getting custody switched

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Katherine Chrostowska
    2. Rose Marie Eberhart
    3. Robert Paul Jenkins
    3 lawyer answers

    In the State of Washingtion, you will need to file a PETITION TO MODIFY CHILD CUSTODY. Once you have done so, the court will require that you attend a threshold hearing where you will need to convince the court that adequate cause exists for the current child custody arrangement to be modified. If the court finds that adequate cause exists, then you will be able to ask for temporary relief while your case is pending trial/settlement. If the court finds that adequate cause does not exist then...

  8. My husband and i were involved in a dv because of drugs is there anyway that we can get this no contact order dropped in the sta

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Katherine Chrostowska
    2. Bruce Clement
    2 lawyer answers

    Yes, the alleged victim may request the court to rescind the no contact order. In order to do so, you must file a motion with the court requesting a hearing to lift the no contact order. At the hearing, you are able to speak to the judge and explain why you want the no contact order lifted. The judge may also upon the prosecutor and a domestic violence advocate for input before making his/her decision. Once the judge listens to everyone, he/she will decide whether or not the no contact...

  9. Would I have to pay support and can I get the children back?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Lance Howard Meyer
    2. Katherine Chrostowska
    2 lawyer answers

    Most certainly. The first thing you need to do is respond to his request. A lack of response may result in the court giving your husband everything he asked for in his request. When responding, decide what you would like to see happen and give thorough explanations as to why you believe that your suggestions should be followed by the court. Any time children are involved, the court's primary concern is what is in the best interests of the children. At your hearing, both sides will argue...