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Thomas Creekpaum

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  • How do i have the fathers visitation supervised?

    he was abusive to both me and the children(emotionally and physically) and hasnt seen the children in a year. i have no record of all of it except what i have kept written down. i do have a domestic violence shelter report and one police call repo...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Meet with a family law professional to determine if the abuse you have suffered is sufficient to justify supervised visitation. If you have not seen the father in a year and you do not want him in your life, you may be better off not going to court. You should meet with an attorney to evaluate your options.

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  • What can I do if my respondent has not responded to my petition for divorce with child.

    The respondent was served all the papers over 20 days ago. We have a review hearing on the 24th but she has not responded to my petition for divorce with child

    Thomas’s Answer

    20 days is the requisite period for default. If the respondent was properly served and the petition was filed you can ask the court for a default judgment. There may be additional steps required by the local court in your jurisdiction to finalize your case. You should meet with a family law professional to ensure you have completed everything required to obtain a default judgment.

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  • The father is our son has not seen him in at least a year. There are no court orders in place.

    Our son's father hasn't seen him in a least a year he is now two. I heard that this can constitute abandonment. Am I better off just leaving it alone? I'm fearful that if I do anything in court he will challenge it just to spite me. He does not...

    Thomas’s Answer

    You need to consult with a family law professional. The answer to your question depends on a variety of factors.

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  • Is it legal for my mom to hit me?

    I'm 15 years old and my mom hits me when i get in trouble. I'm good most of the time but i don't always listen. Can she do that?

    Thomas’s Answer

    In addition to finding a mandatory reporter such as a counselor, you may also explain your situation to another adult. That person may file a report with CPS who can investigate the allegations. The question is whether or not the punishment you receive raises to the level of abuse.

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  • How do I collect money that was awarded to me in a Restraining Order?

    From a 2nd hearing to extend my restraining order against my ex because he had tried to keep our children with him in California. The commissioner awarded me $1000.00 in my travel costs since he did not abide by the restraining order to return our...

    Thomas’s Answer

    The order needs to be reduced to a judgment. At that point, there are a variety of mechanisms that are at your disposal to enforce the judgement. However, if your ex does not have money or assets, it may be that you never receive the money as ordered by the court.

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  • Questions over child support worksheets?

    I have been homeless for the past month after losing my job and being kicked out of the home where I was living with my 3 kids and the man who is now my ex. Ex applied for DSHS benefits and the state is now coming after me for child support becaus...

    Thomas’s Answer

    The court can impute your income based on historical earnings, even if you are currently unemployed. You will need a good family law advocate to explain to the court the circumstances surrounding your unemployment. Regardless of the circumstances, the court will require you to pay some support if you are not the custodial parent.

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  • How do you stop a Gold digger woman from taking a father to the cleaners.

    My Father is a widower. 4 months after my Mothers passing, he met a woman and invited her to go shopping and to a casino. She moved in and has never moved out. They go to the casino and spent his money like it is nothing. When she hits a jack...

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    If your father really wants to get married, you should advise him to meet with a family law professional to discuss a prenuptial agreement. A solid prenuptial agreement may alleviate your concerns.

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  • My son's mother moved to Texas almost 5 months ago and I need to modify our existing parenting plan. What forms do I need?

    My son is still here living with me. We had talked about him visiting her in the summer, but not only do we have to modify our parenting plan because of the substantial change, I think I need to in order to protect my son and I. Mainly because o...

    Thomas’s Answer

    The mother moving to a new state is likely grounds for adequate cause to modify the parenting plan. However, issues relating to the protection of your child and safeguards against the mother's behavior are complicated issues that should be dealt with by a family law professional.

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  • Moving a family law case to a different county within Washington.

    I live in Boise, ID and have custody of my son. My ex lives in Spokane, WA and our court case is in Spokane County. Because this is 7.5 hours from me it is very difficult to make it to any hearings, etc. or to find a lawyer when I cannot meet on...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Jurisdiction is a complicated issue. It is unlikely the court will transfer the case to Walla Walla if no one involved with the case lives there. If you have custody of the child and you live in Boise, you may have a better chance of getting the case transferred to Idaho. You should consult with a family law professional to evaluate the details of your case and recommend the best course of action.

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  • Can I present a declaration at an order of protection hearing or does the witness have to be there live?

    My witness is out of state and may no be able to come to the hearing, but can sign a declaration. Is this possible???

    Thomas’s Answer

    This may depend on the jurisdiction. In Whatcom County you can file a declaration from a witness and it will be considered by the commissioner. However, the commissioner may have doubts, concerns, or questions about the testimony provided in the declaration. It would be safer to have the witness appear at the hearing.

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