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  • Can I modify a temp parenting plan if dad did nothing and got a dui?

    I have a restrictive tpp and it states dad is to do a drug and alcohol assessment and he never did it. It's been a year since the hearing and dad hasn't done a thing and just got arrested for speeding and dui. Can I just get a PPP seeking sole cus...

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    It sounds like you need to do several things - amend the Temporary Parenting Plan and take steps to enter a Final Parenting Plan. Since I assume from your information that the Father has responded, there are only two ways that the court can enter a final parenting plan: 1) by agreement or 2) following a trial on the matter. You may want to consult with an attorney to discuss those steps more fully.

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  • Child support or adoption

    My wife and I married almost two years ago and we have been together for four. She has a six year old that I have cared and provided for since the onset. The biological father does not work and has no verifiable income. His mother is very well off...

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    I agree with all the other answers that indicate that you need to consult with an attorney to discuss the specifics of your case as well as your options. There are a lot of issues at play. While an action to terminate the biological Father's parental rights can be lengthy and difficult, it is not impossible. In my experience, the biological Father ultimately relinquishes, although it is often at the last minute. The one case I have taken to trial resulted in the Court granting my client's petition to terminate the biological Father's parental rights. Ultimately, determining the best course of action for your family and your specific circumstances should be done after thorough consultation with an attorney or attorneys.

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  • How can I get an other court hearing going to talk to a judge about custody for CPS

    My son got taken away for Co sleeping, missed baby appointments and dirty house and aggressive/violent family member by CPS and was placed with my sons father's parents the baby's grandparents. I have proof of pretty much all the issues they were ...

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    Parents/guardians who cannot afford an attorney are appointed an attorney at no expense in all Dependency actions in this State. In Snohomish County, this is done automatically at shelter care. If your were at shelter care, it is likely you have an attorney, and I would encourage you to make an appointment with your attorney to discuss what you need to do to note a hearing. If you do not have court-appointed counsel, you can call the Juvenile Court at (425) 388-7953.

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  • Does CPS have the legal right to make me UA, since i have no legal say over our child since im not the biological father.

    My girlfriend has a cps case and she is in 100% complience, we were turned in for drug use but was proved the child was not around during the use. then when it went to courts being involved they said i have absolutlly no say in anything. So they s...

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    RCW 13.34.138 (often referred to as Sirita's law) requires the court to identify potential caregivers for children and ascertain whether or not they need services regardless of their party status, if these services are required to maintain the future safety of a child.

    If you do not engage in the services, the Court may refuse to return your girlfriend's child to her care if you are living together, and may condition return home on her assurances that you would not have any contact with the child.

    It may be worthwhile to consult an attorney to further discuss all options, or to ask for a meeting with you, your girlfriend, and her attorney who would be able to best discuss local Dependency Court practices and expectations with you.

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  • One party is asking judge to order mediation for parenting plan divorce

    What typically happens ? Does the moving party need to include where this mediation is to take place etc? Or does the judge order them to certain person?

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    The Snohomish County Local Rules require that parties attend alternative dispute resolution (mediation) prior to a trial, unless the Court waives that mediation after a request by one or both parties, typically because one party is no longer participating and is unavailable, or where there is domestic violence between the parties. If the parties are unable to agree on a mediator, then the Court may be required to make the decision, but with the wide range of mediation options available, there should be a mediator agreeable to both parties. A consultation with an attorney would provide you with more information about the dispute resolution process.

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  • How do I file for full custody if the state currently have custody?

    Daughter was taken from mother due to drug use and neglect and placed with me,father.it was ordered that mother has supervised visits only.

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Was a dependency action filed? If so, I would speak to your dependency attorney, as that Court has exclusive jurisdiction. Your attorney can request a transfer of limited jurisdiction, and you can file your action through Unified Family Court, which is a process where family law actions are heard by the dependency judge assigned to your case. If no dependency has been filed, then the answer depends somewhat on whether there is a current parenting plan in place. I would recommend you consult with a family law attorney, many of whom offer free consultations.

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  • Can I, or should I try and adopt?

    I have been in this child's life for the past 5 years. When the child would visit dad, I was always there. We moved in together after a year of 'dating' and I became the parent full time.(I stay at home, but used to work)My live in boyfriend and I...

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    I agree with Mr. Smith's answer and would also add the following: Under RCW 26.33.120, the parent-child relationship of a parent may be terminated upon a showing by clear, cogent, and convincing evidence that it is in the best interest of the child to terminate the relationship and that the parent has failed to perform parental duties under circumstances showing a substantial lack of regard for his or her parental obligations and is withholding consent to adoption contrary to the best interest of the child.
    That is what you would need to prove at trial. It is correct that this can be a costly endeavor. Another piece to consider in terms of asking the Mother to voluntarily terminate her parental rights is that she would be relieved from paying any future child support obligations. That fact can sometimes make voluntary relinquishment a more favorable option than it would otherwise be.

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  • How do I file for a modification of spousal maintenance? All I seem to find is how to modify child support.

    I have had a job change and living change and the ex spouse has now moved in with her bf and is working now.

    Jennifer’s Answer

    I would also recommend that you arrange a consultation with an attorney, and have your Decree of Dissolution with you at that consultation. If your Decree refers to any CR2A or other settlement agreement, that documents will need to be reviewed as well. The terms of those agreements are likely very important in terms of how and if you can proceed. Many attorneys offer free consultations.

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  • Do we need to hire an attorney to do a second parent adoption in Snohomish County, Washington State?

    We are a binational lesbian couple, together 10 years, married last year, and mothers to a one year old son who is biologically mine. My wife, his other mother, needs parental rights. She is Irish and has been given her first green card (based on ...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    I agree with the prior answer, and would add that the process can be pretty straight forward if the biological father is willing to relinquish his parental rights. Although adoption forms cannot be purchased from the Clerk of the Court in Snohomish County, they can be purchased at the King County Courthouse.
    That said, some attorneys do this on a flat-fee basis depending on the facts of the case, and many (not all) offer free consultations and can provide you with additional information. I think that a consultation would be worthwhile even if you ultimately decide to proceed pro se.

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  • Child drop off locations change if given enough time and I have sole custody, can I have ex drop off if given enough time?

    For the first time, I had to ask my ex husband to come to my work because I was not sure if I was going to make it due to my job, I emailed ahead of time by 8 hrs and no answer I then left work to the location stated in parenting plan, I have sole...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    A lot more information, including a review of your parenting plan, is necessary to answer this question. The short and very general answer is that yes, provisions in a plan can often be changed by agreement, or by order of the Court. However, there are many other factors to be considered before a complete answer can be provided. I would recommend that you consult with a local attorney, many of whom offer free initial consultations.

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