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Frances Turean

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  • Can I have a divorce decree changed after it is signed?

    I am paying alimony and would like to see if I can get that changed due to having two children in my current marriage. I did not have any money to continue to fight during the initial divorce and feel as if I received an unjust decision. Is it pos...

    Frances’s Answer

    Whether you can modify an award of maintenance depends on the maintenance provisions in your decree of dissolution, and the specific financial circumstances for you and your ex (then and now). You would greatly benefit by consulting with a family law attorney in your city.

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  • Can a court document force a husband and wife to live apart?

    If a husband and wife both share equal parts of a property and pay equal dues can a court document force one of them to leave their home for any period of time. Their relationship is great and they never fight so they don't want to be separated bu...

    Frances’s Answer

    I agree with both Mr. Groseclose and Ms. Laz. A court order can be enforced via a contempt action, so I strongly suggest you speak with a local family law attorney about your situation.

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  • In Washington state, does the person who makes more money take more of the debt from the marriage?

    Have been married for 9 years and all debt has been from that time. Per his wishes, I have moved out and left almost everything in the home. I make about a third to a fourth less than he does.

    Frances’s Answer

    I agree with Ms. Long and Mr. Granvold. You should seek counsel of an experienced family law attorney before taking further steps or making any agreements with you husband.

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  • What is the correct "caption" on a cover sheet? Trying to submit 2 failed evaluations on ex, letter from CPS?

    I was told I need a cover sheet, no one at court can tell me what the correct captions are just that if I mess up it will be denied. Please help. Family law question. Thank you!!!

    Frances’s Answer

    Depending on which county your litigation is in, they may have a Family Law Facilitator who could help you with this issue. Otherwise, a basic cover sheet would have the same parties and cause number in the caption as any other pleading in your case, and you would need to included a title for teh document, most likely what it contains.

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  • Can I get full custody and child support? What are my chances?

    My daughter's father and I were never married but he is on the birth certificate. Recently he has abandon his daughter in favor of his new girlfriend. He hasn't even tried to make contact with me to see his daughter at all since the fourth of July...

    Frances’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Couture's response and strong suggest you consult with an attorney.

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  • King Cty, name change minor. can petition be filed online, or must it be in person at court?

    parent changing minor child's name to match recently married name change.

    Frances’s Answer

    In King County, name changes are handled in District Court. The forms are available on line, byt District Court requires in-person filing for the pleadings, usually in the morning, and return that afternoon for the court appearance.

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  • Is it ok to mail interrogatories to the petitioners attorney in a parenting plan modification? Does it have to be served?

    I do not have an attorney any more, and the petitioner sent a long list of interrogatories to me through my prior attorney. Can I send interrogatories directly to the attorney through US Mail? I need to do everything the least expensive way.

    Frances’s Answer

    Yes, you can send Interrogatories to opposing counsel via US Mail, but you want to send them in a manner that you can prove or verify that they were received by the opposing counsel on a certain day. You can do that with sending them Certified, Return Receipt, or by using Tracking on priority mail.

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  • Irretrievable breakdown of marriage: Can it be litigated

    I have been advised if this is an issue at the trial it will be called a frivolous issue and I will end up with attorney fees being awarded to other party. I was arrested on a DV call and after 7 months my wife filed for divorce. The prosecutors o...

    Frances’s Answer

    In Washington State, only one party needs to hold that the marriage is irretrievably broken. You risk an award of attorney's fees against you if you spend litigation time on this issue.

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  • Can I buy property in Washington State as a single person, even though I'm still legally married?

    I separated from my wife a year and a half ago (Jan. 2013). She lives in Oregon, I now live in Washington.

    Frances’s Answer

    Since you are still married, you can purchase property as your separate property, but not as a single person. If you are obtaining a mortgage to purchase the property, the lender will likely want your spouse to sign a quit claim deed.

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  • Is a parenting plan public record in Clark County, WA?

    I cannot find a copy of it after a move and would rather get it myself through Clark County than pay the lawyer to send me another copy if possible.

    Frances’s Answer

    Yes, it is typically public record. Call the Clerk's Office in Clark County and they should be able to direct you as to how to order one. There may be a small fee.

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