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Kari M Petrasek

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  • Can I apply for temporary custody of my brothers daughter?

    So its a long story, my brother has a daughter, but doesn't have a job, the mom is a known drug user and is living with my brother. My niece, is about a year and a half, CP's is involved because the conditions there are pretty bad. I'm wondering i...

    Kari’s Answer

    Depending how CPS is involved, it may not be as easy as filing for temporary custody of your niece. If the CPS case has been filed with the court, then the juvenile court has jurisdiction and nothing can be done without that court's approval. You should discuss this with an attorney who has both juvenile/dependency law and family law experience.

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  • In need of a family law lawyer.

    I am in desperate need of a family law lawyer. I have been to the courthouse and everyone I ask about filling papers the clerks all tell me I need a lawyer. Cps is involved but I have not gotten anywhere with them, everyone I try to call the case...

    Kari’s Answer

    Depending how CPS is involved, you may not be able to file anything with family court. You definitely need to speak with an attorney who handles both family law and CPS/dependency cases.

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  • Is it "custodial interference" if my ex doesn't let me take the kids if he thinks I will drive them with a suspended license?

    My license has been suspended for not paying child support, but I get my kids for all of my scheduled time, I am not an absent parent. I am not able to work due to just having surgery and was in a legal dispute with Labor and Industries because m...

    Kari’s Answer

    Having a suspended license is not grounds for him to keep you from having your scheduled visitation. However, he will want to know how you will be transporting your children and he has a right to know since your license is suspended. If you have someone else drive with you to get the children, then that person will probably need to show him proof of having a drivers license.

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  • I want to file for a divorce and get it over quickly.

    I've heard the divorce can be final in 90 days. Is it over in 90 days if my ex contests it? Does she have to sign the joinder? How do I get the divorce over in 90 days?

    Kari’s Answer

    Washington has a mandatory 90 day waiting period. If at the end of 90 days, both of you agree on the division of your assets and liabilities, your divorce can be finalized. However, if there is disagreement, then depending on what county you live in, you may have to go through mediation/arbitration before going to trial. Also depending on what county you reside in, a trial could be set a few months to a year out. She does not have to sign a joinder, but if she does, then you don't have to personally serve her with the summons and petition.

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