Jennifer Michelle Anderson’s Answers

Jennifer Michelle Anderson

Seattle Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Can back unpaid child support be collected from the non-custodial parent after the children have reached the age of 18?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Michelle Anderson
    1 lawyer answer

    The statute of limitations for collecting child support is 10 years. Mom should be able to contact the Division of Child Support in Washington to collect.

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  2. When I married I continued to use my maiden name. I want to start using my husband's name. What do I do?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Michelle Anderson
    2. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3. Frederick Scott Islieb
    3 lawyer answers

    King County District Court has a great info page about name changes (see link below). It's pretty simple for an adult to legally change her own name, and all the forms you need are available on that page.

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  3. If a husband commits DV and the wife wants to leave the state for her safety, is it considered fleeing or just getting safe

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Michelle Anderson
    2. Michael A. Aronoff
    2 lawyer answers

    If she hasn't already contacted an attorney or sought an Order for Protection, she may also want to try to contact area domestic violence shelters. A good place to start in Pierce County is the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, (253) 798-4166 or (800) 764-2420.

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  4. Is there statue of limitations on crimes against children in childcare?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Michelle Anderson
    1 lawyer answer

    RCW 9A.040.080 gives the statutes of limitations for various criminal offenses. Assuming you're talking about sexual abuse that amounts to rape of a child, child molestation or indecent liberties, the statute allows for prosecution until the victim's 28th birthday. However, just because the perpetrator cannot be prosecuted for abusing you does not mean that you can't/shouldn't report the abuse to law enforcement, especially if he/she still has contact with children. I'm sure that this...

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  5. What form do I need to give up my complete and full parental custody and rights to grandparents

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Michelle Anderson
    1 lawyer answer

    Your parents can file a petition for nonparental custody. Those forms can be found at www.courts.wa.gov. It's going to be an uphill battle, however, if the child is living with his mother and there are no issues that have caused CPS involvement. To my knowledge, there is no form that you can fill out that would essentially make your parents the "other parent" in your place, if that's what you're asking. Please note that this answer is the best I can do with the limited info I have; you...

  6. I have sole custody of my son in wa. can i take my son for vacation to california for ten days or not?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Michelle Anderson
    2. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2 lawyer answers

    Depends what your parenting plan says. There should be a section specifically about vacation with parents. Unless your plan specifically says you are NOT allowed to take your son out of state, or must get the father's agreement to do so, etc, I'd think that you'd probably be safe if you gave the father 30 days notice and offered to make up missed visitation (in fact, that's probably overkill if dad only has supervised visits, but it's always better to be on the safe side!) Please note that...

  7. Will there be criminal charges?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Cynthia Russell Henley
    2. Jennifer Michelle Anderson
    2 lawyer answers

    You're pretty lucky they didn't call the police! However, just because you weren't arrested doesn't mean you can't be charged later. It is possible that Urban Outfitters could make a police report and you could be charged anytime in the next year. I think this is pretty unlikely, though. Even if a police report is filed it's most likely that your case would be referred to what's called a "community diversion board," which will order you to do some stuff (maybe a class about shoplifting or some...

  8. What are the statue of limitions for rape and domestic violience in WA state

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Michelle Anderson
    1 lawyer answer

    For rape, if reported within 1 year of the crime the SOL is 10 years (or, if victim is under 14 years old, until the victim's 28th birthday). If not reported within 1 year, then the SOL is 3 years (or, if victim is under 14, 3 years after victim turns 18, but not more than 7 years after the rape). Domestic violence is not a specific crime, but rather a "tag" that can be attached to (almost) any crime if committed against a "family or household member." So the SOL would vary depending on the...

  9. Charged with mal. mis. in the 2nd - what charges could i be looking at?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Michelle Anderson
    2. Angela Horwath
    2 lawyer answers

    I'm not entirely sure what you're asking. Malicious Mischief 2 is a class C felony, so it's significantly more serious than your previous MM3 conviction. What your penalty might be depends on a lot of factors, including whether you have any other criminal history. If the prosecutor has charged you with a crime, you should have the opportunity to screen for a public defender. If you are ineligible for a public defender, I would recommend that you hire a private criminal defense attorney. Whether...

  10. What should I do?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Bruce Clement
    2. Jennifer Michelle Anderson
    3. Karyn T. Missimer
    3 lawyer answers

    You may be able to file what's called a Child in Need of Supervision (CHINS) petition. Kids and/or parents file CHINS petitions when they believe that the child can't live with the parents, and there is another place that the child can live, but the kid and parents can't agree about it. Since you live in Mt. Vernon, I've attached a link to the Skagit County Superior Court's website about CHINS. It has a lot of information about what exactly that means and links to court forms. When you file a...