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Jennifer Anderson’s Answers

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

    i AM A SINGLE MALE, UNMARRIED WITH A SON. i WANT TO COMPLETELY AND FULLY GIVE UP MY PARENTAL RIGHT TO MY PARENTS. THE MOTHER HAS CUSTODY CURRENTLY, wHAT FORM DO i NEED. i WANT TO MAKE SURE HE IS PROVIDEED FOR IN HIS FUTURE. tHE MOTHER IS ON STATE ...

    Jennifer’s 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 may want to consult an attorney further about your specific situation.

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

    His dad sees our son every other weekend supervized only.

    Jennifer’s Answer

    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 this answer is the best I can do with the limited info I have; you may want to consult an attorney further about your specific situation.

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

    We married in MT; it has been 15 years; we live in WA. We are still married. Can I contact each credit card, SS office, DL, etc. or do I have to go to court?

    Jennifer’s Answer

    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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  • Will there be criminal charges?

    I recieved this letter: Pursuant of Revised Code of Washington 4.24.230, URBAN OUTFITTERS may consider moving forward with a statutory civil damages claim against you. We ask that you settle this matter by making payment to us in the amount of ...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    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 community service) to avoid being prosecuted. As far as a record goes, there will only be a record at all if the police are called. Unless you are prosecuted and convicted, the only place this record would come up is law enforcement databases, meaning it only matters if you get in trouble again.

    As for the letter, there are several companies that send this kind of letter out to shoplifters and/or their parents. People tend to pay because they're afraid not to. I'd never recommend that you not pay and risk a civil suit, but I've never seen a civil suit brought by one of these companies against a shoplifter.

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

    Our neighbor just got beat up by her hubby, its a three day weekend so she can't get a hold of her lawyer and she wants to fly to Florida because she is scared of what might happen when he gets out. Will that damage her trying to get her children...

    Jennifer’s Answer

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

    what are the statue of limitions for rape and domestic violience in WA state

    Jennifer’s 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 crime. Generally, there is no SOL for homicide, SOL is 10 years for sexual assault (or until the victim's 28th birthday if the victim is under age 14 at the time of the crime), 3 years for most other felonies, 2 for gross misdemeanors (the vast majority of domestic violence assaults will fall in this category) and 1 for misdemeanors.

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

    I was previously charged with a mal. mis in the 3rd only seven months ago. I keyed a persons vehicle and when questioned by police and admitted doing it.

    Jennifer’s Answer

    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 you have been charged or not, I would recommend that you speak to an attorney before speaking to the police any more about it AT ALL.

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  • What should I do?

    I live with my step-mother and father. I don't have a job just yet, but I'm working on getting one. I won't file for petition until I am sure that I have a fighting chance. I know a responsible family who is willing to take me in. I don't wish to ...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    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 CHINS petition, you'll be assigned an attorney at no cost to you.
    Good luck! Every child deserves a home that is happy and healthy, and especially one that is not abusive.

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  • My son is getting out of long term incarceration, and taking him will cost me my home, everything...

    My son has been in and out of juvenile facilities since he was ten years old. I have taken custody of him from his mother, tried to keep him out of trouble, but he keeps getting into trouble every time he gets out. Now, I am in the situation w...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    You may want to check into an option called a "Child in Need of Supervision" (CHINS) petition. A CHINS can be filed by a parent or child and essentially establishes a dependency action regarding that child. You're likely not going to get what you're looking for by calling CPS. CPS is reactive rather than proactive and is unable to file a dependency petition except under very limited circumstances. If you are unable to pay, an attorney will be appointed to you after the CHINS is granted.
    It looks like you live in Seattle. Check out the information on CHINS petitions at kingcounty.gov/courts/juvenilecourt/chins.aspx.
    Another possibility: will your son be on parole when he's released from JRA? There should be some reintegration services for him and for you.

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  • Question about dv

    okay i was looking at dv assault 2 the superior court droped it from 2 too 4 then all togeather, now the muncipal court has picked it up on dv 4 gross.. so i go too my hearing and my defendere baical told me because i dont have the money too figh...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    In Washington, you can usually arrange to make payments on court-ordered fees. You can generally do this by getting in touch with the court (probably the clerk - whoever you were supposed to pay the fee to), explaining the situation, and asking to set up a payment plan. This will make it obvious that you do care about paying your obligation and are not just blowing it off.

    Also, I would think that you should be able to call the attorney that represented you when you pled guilty to get some advice. A public defender should be more than willing to give you a brief consult on this issue and I would hope a private attorney would too.

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