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Caleb Matthew Oken-Berg

Seattle Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Would I be better off legally with a divorce?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Caleb Matthew Oken-Berg
    2. Brian Elliott Arnold
    2 lawyer answers

    In Washington, you can file a Petition for Legal Separation in lieu of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (divorce). The result of a legal separation is similar to that of a dissolution, except in the end you are not officially divorced. There are many reasons for filing for legal separation rather than dissolution of marriage, and among these reasons is maintaining a former spouse on health insurance policy. It is important to check with the specific health insurance provider, however,...

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  2. Want to file to have parenting plan enforced and modification. My ex husband refuses to follow it. I am behind in chld support

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Bruce Clement
    2. Caleb Matthew Oken-Berg
    2 lawyer answers

    If you file a petition to modify your parenting plan, you can simultaneously ask that the court modify or adjust the child support amount as part of that same action. You may be on the hook for your past-due child support, so it sounds like you should file a modification petition as soon as possible. The Court will consider your updated financial circumstances when adjusting your child support amount and will consider the geographical separation when deciding whether to make changes to your...

  3. Pro se divorce/ child custody

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Caleb Matthew Oken-Berg
    2. Michael J Corbin
    2 lawyer answers

    In King County, prior to trial you can file a Motion for Temporary Orders and propose a Temporary Parenting Plan that has your child living the majority of the time with you. You will need to file a supporting Declaration as to why the Court should enter your proposed Parenting Plan, and be sure to provide all of the facts to support your plan (i.e. your ex spouse is homeless). It might be reasonable to limit your former spouses visitation to certain safe locations and perhaps supervised...