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  • Do I follow the paperwork/procedures for 'divorce without a child', or for 'divorce with a child'?

    I live in WA State. I am seeking a divorce from my husband without the help of an attorney (DIY). Our only child is my biological daughter. She was not adopted by my husband and so is legally his step-child.

    Sara’s Answer

    You would file without child as your marriage does not have one and child support and a parenting plan is not at issue.

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  • Can she just take him like that? If we go back to court will the fact I've had him help me? Advice?

    I am a single father who has had my son for the last year in my care, yesterday my sons mother took my son from my brothers house without my knowledge, we have a parenting plan a few years old that states she has him mon-fri I have him weekends. H...

    Sara’s Answer

    She is allowed because that is what the parenting plan allows but you might have a substantial change in circumstances to be able to move for a major modification of that parenting plan. I would seek the advice of an expsrienced family law attorney. Modifications are technical and difficult.

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  • Can my mom get a small alimony from him after 20 years of marriage and taking care of him

    My dad died 23 years ago, my mom re-married 7 years later. It's not a match made in heaven - No physical, emotional, mental abuse etc. or anything like that. They have been married for almost 20 years now. Would she be entitled to healthcare In...

    Sara’s Answer

    Once they are divorced she cannot be covered on his health insurance but she might have a good argument for temporary spousal support.

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  • Is Child Support still owed to Custodial Parent during the time the child is with NCP for A little over 60 days consecutively?

    Child support payment from NCP...

    Sara’s Answer

    Yes. Child support is due timely every month per the current order of child support.

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  • Is it valid if not typed? What happens after 30 days? Is it contempt denying me my visits and call before proper orders?

    Cr2a agreement was made during mediation and the mediator/judge filed notes the next day in our case file. However 90% of it is illegible due to poor penmanship.. other parties attorney said they'd write up orders and 4 weeks later i cant get ANY...

    Sara’s Answer

    Your issue is too complicated for this forum. I advise 1) finding an attorney who will provide you with a free consult and 2) call the mediator asap and see if they will write something extending the deadline and then send it to the other attorney for signature. Then you might need to file a Motion to Enforce the CR2A.

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  • Does a non-custodial parent need to file paperwork to relocate?

    I am the non-custodial parent. I have my daughter 40% of the time. I just notified her mother that as of March 1st, I will be relocating to a city 5 miles away. This move will not affect our residential schedule. Her mother claims there is "offici...

    Sara’s Answer

    You are correct, you need to give notice but you don't need to file anything.

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  • Should I be worried? Could this affect my custody agreement?

    Wife now complains that Disney movies are not apt for a 4 year old toddler. Accuses me of showing him violent content through these movies. I always supervise my kids when watching tv or playing games.

    Sara’s Answer

    Do you have a temporary or final parenting plan in place? Does it have joint decision making and/or a clause outlining the custodial parent is "in charge" when the children are with them? She would have to notify you and invoke the dispute resolution section in your parenting plan ..she should not be able to modify the parenting plan in court just on that complaint.

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  • Will it set a precedent if I agree to a request from my ex to reduce alimony/child support while he is unemployed?

    My ex-husband voluntarily quit a good job one year ago to "take a break" from working. It has now been one year and he is running out of funds (he has depleted his retirement account to pay spousal and child support this last year). He has asked m...

    Sara’s Answer

    Do not take less than what the order of child support states. It is up to your ex to try to modify the order. If it is clear he is voluntarily under or unemployed he should not prevail.

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  • How do I determine what is a fair amount of spousal support?

    Getting ready to finalize divorce in King County, WA. For the most part I am doing it myself due to limited income, the lawyer I talked to said my spousal support amount is too low. How do I determine what is a fair amount?

    Sara’s Answer

    Spousal support is discretionary, based on one parties need and the others ability to pay with certain factors considered such as length of marriage, receiving spouses ability to support themselves, etc. A family law attorney can review your case with you and help you.

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  • Can child custody change by which parent has them most of the time?

    The current parenting plan on file has Ryan in his mother's custody Monday-Friday and we have him every weekend. Because of a cps case, my boyfriends son, Ryan (age5) wasn't allowed to go back to his mothers without supervised visitation. Ryan has...

    Sara’s Answer

    From the facts you present the father might be successful petitioning the court for a Major Modification of the Parenting Plan. Modification are very difficult and he should seek a consult with an experienced family law attorney.

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