Michael Lee Dewitt’s Answers

Michael Lee Dewitt

Olympia Child Custody Lawyer.

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  1. My aging parents are being financially exploited by other family members. I need to know what I can do legally.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Lee Dewitt
    2. James Marston Brown
    3. Joseph Michael Pankowski Jr
    4. Lawrence A Friedman
    5. Kathleen Flammia
    5 lawyer answers

    You have two options before you. You can either file for legal guardianship, which is a process that takes about 90 days or so to finish, or you if you want more immediate results, you can petition the court for a vulnerable adult protection order. Actually you could both. The vulnerable adult protection order would give you an immediate protection order while you wait for the guardianship to play out.

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  2. My ex-wife wants me to pay her, for $2500.00 in college expenses that my daughter incurred in August. Can I be forced to do this

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Michael Lee Dewitt
    2. Michael John Gainer
    3. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3 lawyer answers

    Your opening sentence answers the question. The law is very clear - if the request for post-secondary education is not made before the child is emancipated, the court loses jurisdiction over the child, and you cannot be ordered to pay. It looks like the mother's deadline to file in this case was last June. Of course, nothing prevents you from helping her out from time to time as you see fit.

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  3. What can I do to reschedule - and reimpose restraints - if I (petitioner) broke down en route to the show cause hearing?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Lee Dewitt
    2. Bruce Clement
    3. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3 lawyer answers

    I'm guessing the court did one of two things - it either cancelled your hearing when you failed to appear, or it went ahead with the hearing with only her in attendance. So the first thing you should do is find out if your failure to appear actually harmed your legal interests. If the hearing was cancelled, then all you have to do is file a new motion and obtain a new order to show cause. If the court did go forward with the hearing, and you disagree with the resulting order, then your only...

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  4. Pro se Petitioner, Respondent represented. Judge ruling for Temporary orders in divorce in WASHINGTON STATE. I am confused.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Michael Lee Dewitt
    3. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3 lawyer answers

    Already having a lawyer is not a requirement in Washington. In fact, it is common for an attorney for the financially disadvantaged spouse to get a temporary order requiring the other spouse to contribute to the attorney's fees. The legal standard you have to show is two part: a) that you have the financial need for assistance, and b) that your spouse has the ability to pay. In your case, it sounds like the court ruled against you because you do not have an attorney yet. I think the court was...

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  5. I have received settlement of conference letter divorce from court. I would like to seek advice from attorney. If any Pro Bono

    Answered 20 days ago.

    1. Michael Lee Dewitt
    2. Emily Laz
    3. Bruce Clement
    3 lawyer answers

    The best way to seek a pro bono attorney in Thurston County is through the Volunteer Legal ClinIc. You start that process by contacting CLEAR, and they will determine your eligibility based on your income. Since you are employed, you make be earning too much to qualify for a pro bono attorney, but if you are still within certain income limits, you may be referred to the Moderate Means Program, where attorneys have agreed to represent clients at reduced rates due to the clients' limited incomes....

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  6. Can I claim any property from wife who abandoned marriage two years ago. She says she has a truck and house now?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Ted D. Billbe
    3. Michael Lee Dewitt
    3 lawyer answers

    Under Washington law, community property stops to accrue once your marriage is "defunct" - this is usually held to be the date of separation. The court does have the authority to apportion one spouse's separate property to the other, but it rarely does so. Whether or not you are in that slim minority of cases depends on the particular facts of your case.

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  7. How do i get my exs rights terminated???

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Lee Dewitt
    2. Melissa Marie Denton
    3. Bruce Clement
    3 lawyer answers

    In order to even begin to terminate his parental rights, you will need to have somebody else in place to assume those rights. This is usually done in the form of a step-parent adoption, though if you are not married, another suitable adult may suffice. In short, the court will not just terminate a parent's rights - no matter how bad they have been - without a new parent willing to take their place. In the best case scenario, the biological father will simply consent to the adoption, and you...

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  8. I have a Final Judgment by confession CR2A

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Lee Dewitt
    2. Dave Hawkins
    3. Shawn B Alexander
    3 lawyer answers

    No client is ever required to stay with their attorney. You can dismiss your attorney at any time. If you are committed to representing yourself, then in this case, I would notify your attorney in writing. Your attorney should then file a Notice of Intent to Withdraw, indicating that you are taking over your own case pro se.

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  9. Step-Parent Adoption: Can It Occur If the Biological Parent Contests?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Dave Hawkins
    2. Michael Lee Dewitt
    3. Lawrence John Gibney Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    The short answer is so long as the biological father consents, your adoption should be approved regardless of the fact that you are not married yet to the adoptive parent. If he will not consent, then you may ask the court to terminate his parental rights without his consent, but the legal burden you face is extremely high. Despite what a bad character he might be, the fact that he has had contact with the child as recently as one year ago might make such a termination case very hard for you....

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  10. No child support clause in adopting a child

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Kate M Forrest
    2. Michael Lee Dewitt
    3. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with Ms. Forrest's answer, and I would also add that under Washington law, as a step-parent you can be made temporarily liable for child support anyway.

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