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Carolyn Annette Elsey

Carolyn Elsey’s Legal Guides

13 total


  • What is Involuntary Commitment under the Washington State Mental Health System

    Patient Rights At all times in the legal process, patients have the right to agree to entry of a court order detaining them in a facility. Involuntary commitment should not be confused with competen

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  • What is Post-secondary educational support?

    Legal Standards Post-secondary support in WA is governed by RCW 26.19.090. The matter is first brought before a court commissioner on a show cause docket. The petition MUST be filed before the term

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  • What to Expect in a Dependency Case in Washington State

    Grounds for Dependency Anyone can file a dependency petition. However, the petitioner will also have the responsibility of ensuring that court-ordered services are made available to the parents. Th

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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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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