In Wa., the only circumstance where parental rights are terminated (as opposed to restricted which are two completely different things) by adoption or action of the state. There is no legal basis for you to ask that his parental rights be terminated unless there is an active adoption in place for someone else to step into his shoes as Father. This does not mean that you are prevented from asking for further restrictions, but the statute doesn't allow for one parent to terminate the parental...
I for one would never want to second guess another attorney as to what your settlement may be --there is no way for any of us to know that without reading the demand letter. If you do not trust your attorney, hire another.
A complicated factual scenario which offers little relief. Only the parents are parties to the Dissolution of marriage and a court may not place a child with a third party unless that third party files a Petition to intervene or an actual third paty custody petition which is difficult in Wa. state because a custodial parent has absolute control over where the child lives or even who sees the child. Grandparents have no custodial rights to children unless the child is living with the...
Her fears are unfounded and misplaced. In Wa. state, one does not "Sign custody over' in dissolution proceedings. She needs to see an attorney on Monday, file for divorce and get some termporary orders in place to protect herself and her child. By making invalid assumptions as to how the courts and the law works, she is only harming herself. The only advice she should be taking relative to the law is from a licensed attorney.
NO. The division of property and debt can be set forth in the Petition as Attachments, i.e. Attachment A (Petitioner' property), attachment B (Respondent's property) etc. or in the body of the Petition.
Appeals are very expensive. The transcript alone could cost well in excess of 1000 for a 3 to 4 day trial. Family law appeals are difficult because of the broad discretion the trial Judge has regarding family law matters. My bare minimum is 5000. YOu will have great difficulty finding an appellate attorney who will work for less -- it a lot of work.
If they ask, yes you have to disclose. Law school admission should not be a problem, getting admitted to the bar is the bigger problem. You have to undergo a character and fitness review before being admitted. Fist rule -- never lie on an application, that is an immediate guarantee that you application to be admitted to the bar will be rejected; 2nd rule, keep your nose clean in law school and you will probably be ok -- one misstep or false statement in law school can be a death knell.