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Carolyn Annette Elsey

Carolyn Elsey’s Legal Guides

13 total


  • How to Handle Pets During a Divorce

    Ordinary Housepets Dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, fish, etc. are all regarded as property. All the stuff that goes along with them (bedding, tanks/cages, toys, etc.) is awarded to whoever is keeping t

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  • How Do I Get an Emergency Family Law Restraining Order?

    What is an ex parte restraining order? This is an order issued by the court in emergency circumstances to prevent some kind of injury. It can prohibit contact between people (and kids), prevent fina

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  • How Do I Get Sole Custody After Domestic Violence (a Guide for Mothers--and Some Fathers)

    Parenting Plans Allegations of DV alone are not necessarily enough to get custody of your child. The courts have to consider a number of statutory factors and parenting functions to decide what the

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  • How Do Washington Courts Decide on Joint or Sole Custody in Parenting Plans?

    Joint vs. Sole Custody Washington parenting plans are governed by RCW 29.09. Although that is the dissolution statute, parenting plans entered under the paternity statute (RCW 26.26) or the non-pare

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  • How Do I Handle Supervised Visitation in My Parenting Plan?

    Why supervised visits? A court has the authority to order supervised visitation either temporarily or permanently. The most common grounds are because the parent has (or allegedly has) a substance a

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  • What Happens in a Child Support Contempt Hearing?

    Getting Started Contempt in Washington is governed by RCW 7.21. It is the willful violation of a court order. In child support, contempt is meant to be coercive, that is, to get you to do what you

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  • How to Get Custody of Someone Else's Children (A Guide for Grandparents and Other Relatives)

    Legal Standards Non-parental custody (once upon a time known as third-party custody) is where you seek to become custodian of children who are not your own. The law governing these cases is RCW 26.1

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  • How Do I Handle a Family Law Motion?

    Getting Started Family law motions have to be presented on mandatory pattern forms. Prior to trial, most motions will be temporary motions that address specific issues (i.e., visitation, child suppo

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  • How Do I Get a Restraining Order?

    No-Contact Orders No-contact Orders (NCO) are issued as part of criminal cases. They can be issued by Municipal, District and Superior courts. There is no filing fee and the protected person need n

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  • How Do I Terminate Parental Rights?

    Voluntary Relinquishment The most common way to terminate a parent's rights is by voluntary relinquishment. Technically speaking, a relinquishment is the voluntary surrender of parental rights. The

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