Shana Erin Thompson’s Answers

Shana Erin Thompson

Seattle Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Is there such a thing as spousal abandonment in washington state?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Shana Erin Thompson
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    All assets, whether separate or community in nature, are before the court during a dissolution. Since it has been three years since separation, the court is going to have to look not only at what property was part of the marriage at the time of separation, but what has happened to the property since that time. One of you needs to file for divorce to tell third parties, such as creditors, that there is no longer a community. As I understand your first statement, you are asking whether your...

  2. My sons father and I are going to court for paternity and I don't want him granted visitation.

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Shana Erin Thompson
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    I assume that there is no current parenting plan in place. If so, then you can bring to the court's attention the father's criminal history, and assuming it is related to child abuse, violence or substance abuse, they will take it into consideration when determining the parenting plan. The problem is how much weight will they give it, considering this happened over six years ago. If he has not been in contact with the child in the past six years, then it will have greater weight. However,...

  3. How is alimony handled w/property in 2 states

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Shana Erin Thompson
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    1. Once you are eligible to claim Social Security, you can claim off your income or that of any prior spouse to whom you were married for more than 10 years. 2. I am not sure what you mean by "private" health insurance - does that mean you do not have it through an employer or prior employer, but that you are paying for it yourself? If so, that is a good thing because it means you are not dependent upon your husband for your insurance, which would terminate upon dissolution. If the divorce...

  4. How does defaulting on a mortgage affect a divorce settlement?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Shana Erin Thompson
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    It all depends on what is indicated in your Dissolution Decree or Property Settlement Agreement. If there was a sum that it was estimated she would receive and you default on the mortgage, she could come back and get a judgment against you or even re-open the division of assets if there was something else you were awarded that she could take in lieu of the equity in the house. Also, if you default there is usually a "hold harmless" clause in the decree that would allow your wife to sue you...

  5. Not showing up to court for no contact order CPS forced me to get.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Shana Erin Thompson
    1 lawyer answer

    Clearly CPS believes that your boyfriend is a threat to your child. To ensure you are committed to your child's safety, CPS required you to file (what I belive to be from your description) a Petition for Protection Order. The court issues you a Temporary Protection Order that lasts for two weeks until you return to court for the full blown order. Given that you filed your Petition for this order, CPS may have presumed in their revised safety plan that you would follow through with attempting...

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