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Jennifer R Langbehn

Lynnwood Family Law Attorney.

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

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Jennifer R Langbehn
    2. Cornelia Clark
    2 lawyer answers

    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...

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  2. I don't know where to start

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Jennifer R Langbehn
    2. Gregory Stuart Marshall
    3. Melissa Marie Denton
    3 lawyer answers

    Your fiancé can file an action for a step-parent adoption, and your child's father can relinquish (give up) his parental rights. If he refuses to relinquish his parental rights, you can file an action to have the court terminate his parental rights by presenting 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...

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

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Jennifer R Langbehn
    2. Gregory Stuart Marshall
    3. Bruce Clement
    4. Robert Norwood Getz
    4 lawyer answers

    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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  4. Can I, or should I try and adopt?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Jennifer R Langbehn
    2. Jacob Brian Smith
    2 lawyer answers

    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...

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

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Jennifer R Langbehn
    2. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    3. Robert Stanley Milesnick
    4. Dave Hawkins
    4 lawyer answers

    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...

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  6. I am the father of a newborn. Mother is married to another man. CPS has taken custody, I now have paternity and want custody.

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Peter Joseph Lamont
    2. Jennifer R Langbehn
    3. Lee Alan Thompson
    3 lawyer answers

    If CPS has taken custody and initiated a dependency proceeding, then you will likely need to act within that proceeding to obtain custody, and establish a parenting plan. If you are the legal Father of the child, then you would have a right to participate in dependency proceedings, and to be represented by an attorney at no expense. However, there are a number of unknowns given the limited facts provided. I would contact an attorney who has experience in the dependency arena who can advise...

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

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2. Jennifer R Langbehn
    2 lawyer answers

    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...

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

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Bruce Clement
    2. Jennifer R Langbehn
    2 lawyer answers

    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.

  9. Can i personally file a divorce online as me and my wife have no issues and decide to settle all matters.

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Dave Hawkins
    2. Jennifer R Langbehn
    2 lawyer answers

    Lincoln County also accepts uncontested dissolution actions by mail. However, that could pose difficulties if issues arise in the future in regards to the terms of your divorce. I would suggest you have an initial consultation with a lawyer to discuss your options. Many attorneys offer free initial consultations.

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