Carolyn Annette Elsey’s Guides

Carolyn Annette Elsey

Sumner Family Law Attorney.

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  1. How Do I Get an Emergency Family Law Restraining Order?

    Written by attorney Carolyn Elsey, about 5 years ago. STAFF PICK

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

    Written by attorney Carolyn Elsey, about 5 years ago. STAFF PICK

    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

    20 people found this Legal Guide helpful

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

    Written by attorney Carolyn Elsey, about 5 years ago. STAFF PICK

    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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  4. How Do I Handle Supervised Visitation in My Parenting Plan?

    Written by attorney Carolyn Elsey, about 5 years ago. STAFF PICK

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

    Written by attorney Carolyn Elsey, about 5 years ago. STAFF PICK

    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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  6. How Do I Get a Restraining Order?

    Written by attorney Carolyn Elsey, about 5 years ago. STAFF PICK

    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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  7. What is Post-secondary educational support?

    Written by attorney Carolyn Elsey, over 5 years ago. STAFF PICK

    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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  8. How to Handle Pets During a Divorce

    Written by attorney Carolyn Elsey, about 5 years ago.

    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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  9. What Happens in a Child Support Contempt Hearing?

    Written by attorney Carolyn Elsey, about 5 years ago.

    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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  10. How Do I Handle a Family Law Motion?

    Written by attorney Carolyn Elsey, about 5 years ago.

    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

    10 people found this Legal Guide helpful