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  • Possible divorce after 47 years. Husband is selling our home, What are my rights? I have not signed real estate papers.

    Married 47 years. Family home. I need to protect myself. What options do I have if I do not agree to sell?

    Sara’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Nelsen. An attorney should review with you all your property, debts and assets, income, etc. It all is included and relevant to final property distribution. This forum is not conducive to giving direct advise.

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  • In a family law motion, response is due 5 business days prior to court hearing, if court is Tuesday when is response due?

    I filed a motion in a dissolution in king county superior court wa, to change previously entered temp orders. court is scheduled next Tuesday at 9am. my ex's attorney just served me with his response at 11:47 am Wednesday (today) am I understandin...

    Sara’s Answer

    It seems timely, in King County the response is due noon four days prior to the hearing which would be Wed at noon.

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  • Does designated custodian in WA mean sole custody?

    4.2 Major decisions says 'joint'

    Sara’s Answer

    No, it does not. The time allotted each parent designates who is the primary parent. Usually the primary parent is then designated as the custodial parent but that clause does not have much bearing on the reality of parenting plans. Joint decision making means just that, the parties have equal say in major decisions regarding the child and if in conflict that cannot be resolved often the dispute resolution clause is invoked to settle the issue.

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  • My husband left and wants a divorce, I don't want a divorce.

    3 weeks ago, after signing a lease to rent and buying a new truck together, my husband decided to tell me he doesn't love me, doesn't want me and wants to see other women. He got papers for an agreed dissolution of marriage, signed them all and is...

    Sara’s Answer

    You can not stop him from filing for a dissolution. From what you say it is not agreed...so if he serves you with a filed petition you need to respond to the petition within 20 days. Do not sign anything you do not 100% understand. Perhaps you should seek a consult with a family law attorney in your area, most give free consults.

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  • How to deal with ex-husband who not follow the parenting plan?

    My ex-husband does not follow the parenting plan. What should I do?

    Sara’s Answer

    You can follow the dispute resolution process outlined in your Parenting Plan or move to enforce the parenting plan. You could bring a motion for contempt but those require personal service. The advantage is if he is found in contempt more than twice there are serious consequences, including possibly losing visitation all together.
    I advise seeking a consult with an experienced family law attorney. Most give free consults.

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  • I have a question about an issue that may arise when an unmarried couple co-borrows on a mortgage loan.

    If my boyfriend and I are co-borrowers on a mortgage loan together, and I put 20% of my own money down (that I had before we met), if we were to split up and have to sell the house, would we by law split any gains 50/50? We are each planning to pa...

    Sara’s Answer

    You might consider having an agreement drafting the defines how you agree to apply and designate the funds. You may call a pre-marital agreement or something else. It is a contract. I strongly urge you to have an attorney draft it that practicing in community property law so you can carefully construct the language as it pertains to WA state community property and marriage.

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  • What would the best way to go about getting divorced be?

    Clark County, Washington... We have a 5 year old... There is currently a no contact order in place (he isn't allowed to contact me or my mother, domestic violence) that he violated almost 6 months ago so it's been extended... I tried to divorce hi...

    Sara’s Answer

    I recommend filing for divorce and getting immediate temporary orders with a pp in line with the order of protection. Thee earliest you can be finalized is on the 91st day after filing, worse case scenario is trial. But if you want to be divorced and have orders in place you need to file.

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  • What do I need to do to protect myself from my estranged husband who is leaving the state in a day or two?

    He has said he wants nothing that he has left behind. How do I protect myself from future repercussions until I can get a divorce done. We have no children in common. He has a car and loan that he entered the marriage with. We have agreed on the d...

    Sara’s Answer

    Mr. Couture is correct, you need immediate temporary orders to lock in the status quo pending final dissolution.

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  • I have been waiting for 2months to be served divorce papers. Should I get a lawyer and do it myself?

    He says he is held up because he can't make a financial offer even though I have given him detailed info on our financial situation. I told him to just serve me the papers so we could get on with it, but he still has not. Is it to my advantage t...

    Sara’s Answer

    Starting the process is simply that, beginning the case. There is a built in 90 day waiting period before anything can be finalized and you are put on a case trial schedule almost 11 months out (In King County, I am not sure about Snohomish). My point is the advantage to filing is to get the process started. Unless you are arguing about immediate issues such as housing there is usually not advantage to which party files.

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  • Daily Care

    I am the primary for my daughters residential and my ex has visitation. On my days I have a close friend who also has kids she plays with watcher her a couple days a week and my parents. He is mad because I don't tell him every day who is watchi...

    Sara’s Answer

    Your instinct is correct, you are able to make those decisions yourself as you expect him to. He can try to make an issue out of this but I do not believe he would prevail if he brought dispute resolution or court action.

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