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Michael Evan Stowell

Silverdale Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. My husband and myself are Legally separated, I want to know about filing tax returns to gather or if we can file separate?.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Evan Stowell
    2. Daniel Seth Williams
    3. Andrew B Gordon
    3 lawyer answers

    A legal separation does not dissolve the marriage and consequently you must either file jointly or "married filing separately." "Married filing separately" is usually the least advantageous way to file so if you can reach agreement with your spouse the joint filing would probably be preferable. Michael E. StowellAttorney at Law This electronic transmission and any documents accompanying this electronic transmission contain confidential information belonging to the sender. This...

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  2. How long do we have to be married before my children's step father can adopt them?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Evan Stowell
    2. Melissa Marie Denton
    3. Lawrence John Gibney Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    There is no specific statutory waiting period required. Step parent adoptions are common and fairly simple if the other biological parent consents but much more difficult if there is no consent, requring a termination of parental rights of that other parent. In either case, you need the assistance of an attorney to make sure this process is done correctly. This electronic transmission and any documents accompanying this electronic transmission contain confidential information belonging...

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  3. How do I "do discovery" for financial information/ modification of child support. Other party did not submit info with response

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Evan Stowell
    2. Dave Hawkins
    2 lawyer answers

    "Discovery" is the legal term for the process and procedures used for each party to get relevant information from the other party. Typically, lawyers will have the opposing party served with interrogatories and requests for production. These will have a 30 day time limit for a response. If the party does not respond on time then a motion to compel production has to be filed to require the party to come to court and explain why they have not responded. If the court is not satisfied that...

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  4. Child Support in Washington State

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Michael Evan Stowell
    3. Rodney George Pierce
    3 lawyer answers

    Your responsibility to pay child support is based on your status as a father not on your emotional or other ties to the child. If you have acknowledged paternity or paternity has been legally established you will be be ordered to pay child support based on the Washington State Child Support Schedule, assuming the child is here in Washington. You should talk with an attorney in order to make sure that your obligation is calculated correctly or if necessary contest paternity.

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  5. My ex husband is requiring that i pay for a portion of day care while our daughter is with him during the summer.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Mark L. Alexander
    2. Michael Evan Stowell
    2 lawyer answers

    Whether you will be in contempt depends on the specific wording of your order of child support. You need to contact an attorney to have the order reviewed to get an accurate answer to your question.

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  6. What does it mean when a protection order says under visitation pending further review under RCW 26.09

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Evan Stowell
    2. Mark L. Alexander
    3. Dave Hawkins
    3 lawyer answers

    The only way to answer your question is to have an attorney review the order and check the court records regarding other pending proceedings. It is impossible to tell from your question what current legal orders establish your obligations regarding visits. Talk to an attorney ASAP. This electronic transmission and any documents accompanying this electronic transmission contain confidential information belonging to the sender. This information may be legally privileged. The...

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  7. What are my rights as a 17 year old? Like what can I do legally? If i move out when i am 18, can they force me to move back in?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Arthur D Leritz
    2. Michael Evan Stowell
    2 lawyer answers

    As a 17 year old you can go to court to seek emancipation but you will have to demonstrate that you are capable of handling your affairs and can support yourself. At age 18 you can move out and not be legally forced to return. Michael E. StowellAttorney at Law This electronic transmission and any documents accompanying this electronic transmission contain confidential information belonging to the sender. This information may be legally privileged. The information is intended only...

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  8. Wanting to take kids on Vacation, ex-wife is saying no

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Evan Stowell
    1 lawyer answer

    Your options depend on the specific language of the parenting plan. If your ex is not willing to be reasonable you may have to go to court or to dispute resolution. You should contact an attorney to look at the parenting plan. Your ex may respond to a letter from an attorney even if she won't discuss the matter directly with you. Whatever you decide you should act promptly because court proceedings or dispute resolution can take some time.

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  9. When paying child support, does the judge look at other financial responsibilities before issuing an amount?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Evan Stowell
    2. Frances Turean
    3. Robert Daniel Kelly
    4. Jeffery Mark Leving
    4 lawyer answers

    If you did not receive proper notice of the proceedings then you can contest the new order. You will be able to present documentation of your earnings, but you should know that the court does have authority to impute income to you in certain circumstances. Also, having another child to support can be a factor in the court granting a deviation from the presumptive amount calculated according to the Washington support schedule. Your debts are not a factor unless they qualify as "extraordinary...

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  10. How can I prove my ex-wife is now employed?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Evan Stowell
    2. Virginia Ann Leen
    2 lawyer answers

    It is not clear from your question whether what you are paying her is maintenance or child support or some combination. Normally, the decree will order a specific term of maintenance with standard language that ends the obligation the sooner of the end of the term, the remarriage of the recipient or the death of either party. Sometimes there are other stated conditions that will end the obligation, e.g. employment, the completion of training or income above a certain level. The situation will...

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