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Jennifer A Forquer

Jennifer Forquer’s Answers

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  • My ex is dating a new girlfriend, with queationable character, who has moved in.

    Is the a law are requiring court background check since the kids are exposed to her on daily basis when they are with my ex?

    Jennifer’s Answer

    There is no law that requires a background check. If custody is being determined by the court, then the court will run checks on both parents and you can certainly ask that the court run a check on her as part of that process.

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  • At what age can a child in Washington State choose which parent to live with.

    My fiance is in the middle of a parenting dispute with her ex. The ex took her to court for custody of their 12 year old child (and won). They just finished the GAL process and the GAL sided with her ex (based on money, location, perceived struc...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    In Washington children's wishes can be considered by the court (usually via the testimony and/or report of the GAL), but children do not get to make the ultimate determination about where they will live. Larry is correct that children can chose when they turn 18.

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  • Abuser keeps bringing me to family court- meanwhile he's not done either yr long treatment hes been ordered to for 2 years?

    I'm planning on pointing out to the judge in my response to a contempt (show cause) hearing my ex has brought against me (the 4th in 3 months-no findings of contempt) that he just keeps bringing me into court meanwhile he still hasn't done either ...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    It is unclear from your post why he is alleging you are in contempt or exactly what advice you are seeking. However, it sounds like he might be trying to have unsupervised visitation and is alleging you are in contempt for not allowing him to do this. If the parenting plan requires him to complete treatment before he can have unsupervised visitation with the children, then you can point out to the court that the reason you have not agreed to unsupervised visits is because he has not complied with the court ordered treatment. Depending on why he is saying you are in contempt, that might be a defense to his allegations of contempt.

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  • How to stop a GAL I have met for 80 minutes & her residual claims of "hearsay" as fact to the judge? I am sole custodial mom?

    I have been the sole, custodial parent of my sons (3 and 5) their entire lives, in July 2014 a GAL was appointed, she's spent 80 minutes with me and continues to go to court and say I have been keeping the boys from their father. I have NOT ever d...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing this and it sounds like a difficult situation for you and your boys. You will need to hire an attorney to help you. It is not clear to me why the GAL was appointed, but you will need to have an attorney and perhaps an expert of your own to respond and present your side to the Judge.

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  • I want to move to Spokane from Western Washington with my three kids. Any recommendations for a child custody lawyer?

    I'm the custodial parent to our three children. I would like to move with my new husband to Spokane for a job opportunity for him. I believe that my ex will fight this since it's his personality to fight everything:) Am I just wasting my time a...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    While I do not have the details of your parenting plan, it is likely that you will be allowed to move. Generally speaking there is a presumption that the primary custodial parent will be allowed to move. You will be required to give proper notice to your ex-husband and your parenting plan should have a summary of those provisions. Because it is your ex-husband's personality to fight everything, I would advise meeting with an attorney beforehand to review your parenting plan with you, discuss the applicable law, develop a plan for your case and to discuss your options for obtaining your goal with the least amount of conflict possible. There are many good family law attorneys in Snohomish County. One resource for finding an attorney is www.findlaw.com.

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  • Advocates: Can an advocate legally representation on family law matters. I am asking to share with my ex wife.

    Ex wife got a advocate for our son. With criminal pending cant go into details. The advocate is her legally representation, Can an advocate represent any one? These case matter are family law, not protection or criminal. She request I send the doc...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    It sounds like you have a family matter and a criminal matter pending. It is difficult to provide an answer to your questions because I do not know all of the facts about your case. It is also unclear from your post what documents you are trying to give to your former spouse.

    If the advocate you are talking about is with the prosecutor's office you should talk to your criminal defense attorney before having any contact with someone in the prosecutor's office.

    You also may need to hire an attorney to help you with the family matter.

    I hope that the following general information may be of help. If the advocate for your son is a Guardian Ad Litem who was appointed by the court in the family matter, then the advocate does not represent you or your former spouse. Generally speaking a GAL appointed in a family matter is there on behalf of the child. If there is a GAL involved in a family law case, then each party in the case will give the GAL copies of all the documents that are filed by him/her with the court as part of the family matter.

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  • What do I do if I am paying Child Support in 2 different states, for the same child.

    a Child Support motion was filed in 2011 for the state of Washington, then my ex-wife visited GA, and all of a sudden, I now have 2 cases, in which the Georgia case I didn't know about, whatsoever. What do I need to do, to correct this issue? The ...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    In Washington, the state's UIFSA (Uniform Interstate Family Support Act) statute applies to situations where there are competing child support orders issued by two different states. You say that there was a child support motion filed in 2011 in WA, but it is unclear whether the court in WA actually issued an order of child support. The first step will be to figure out if there are two court orders (one from a court in Washington and one from a court in Georgia) addressing child support or only one. If there is only an order from a court in Georgia, the next step will be to figure out whether that court had the authority to issue an order directing you to pay child support. This is a fairly complex area of law and I recommend that you seek the assistance of an attorney in WA and in Georgia. All issues related to an order of support issued by the Georgia court would need to be addressed by an attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia.

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  • How do i challenge a paternity affadavit in washington state.

    i have a court admissible dna test proving that the man listed on my sons birth cirtificate is not his father, someone else is proven to be a genetic match, how do i get a court order stating such facts so that i can submit the to the dept of vita...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    It will depend on the specific facts of your case; paternity matters can be complex. However, challenging paternity is generally started by asking the court (by filing a legal action) to adjudicate parentage pursuant to Washington's Uniform Parentage Act.

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