The short answer is that you need legal advice. Once you have spoken to an experienced family law attorney, you will have enough information to answer the question of whether you need to have legal representation. In most cases, where there are allegations of abuse, the court will want to have a Guardian ad Litem. A lawyer, after reviewing the documents that have been filed, will be able to answer this question as well.
I agree that you need legal advice. But, that does not mean you have to hire a lawyer for your entire trial (which you probably cannot afford, hence drafting your own ER 904 documents). The first place you can start is with the court facilitator in your county. The courts are more and more making it possible for people to represent themselves. Good luck.
It is indeed a crime. And, it can be serious. I know of someone who was actually prosecuted for doing this. The issue of "verbal abuse" sounds as if it is part of a much bigger picture. I would suggest that you consider a discussion with your attorney about how best to both protect your children and make strategic use of the bad behavior of your spouse.
Although your inheritance will be characterized as separate property, that is NOT the end of the inquiry. ALL property, both community and separate, is before the court for an equitable distribution at the time of a divorce. Equitable means, "fair" as between the parties under the circumstances, and may not be "equal". You have a number of questions and issues that you should discuss with an attorney and get some advice.
Wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Avoid clothes that you think a lawyer would wear. You want the judge to want to be sympathetic to you, not have an expectation that you can function at the level of a legal professional. Focus on telling the judge the facts and pay attention to what he or she is communicating to you. You might also talk to a lawyer to make sure that you understand the legal standards that apply so that you can focus on the relevant issues. Good...
I can well imagine what a heart wrenching time all of you are having. I agree with both of the previous answers and urge you to contact a lawyer who can give you both legal and practical advice. These kinds of situations, while difficult, are not unusual and most experienced family law practictioners will be able to help you sort things out. Margaret Brost
No. Children do not get to choose. This is an adult decision that, before the court was involved, was in the hands of the parents. Once a final parenting plan has been signed by a judge, changing the primary residential placement of a child is an expensive and difficult process. Worse, it is very hard on the children involved. Unless there is serious neglect or some other horrible set of circumstances in the home of the mother, you should do everything in your power to support these...
Army Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program implemented through AR 608-75. EFMP, working in conjunction with other military and civilian agencies, provides a comprehensive, coordinated, multi-agency approach for medical, educational, community support, housing, and personnel services to families with special needs. The Army EFMP includes both personnel and family support functions. Go to http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil for more information.
As the previous post indicated, there is no easy way to do this. You can find current relocation cases that are pending with the Thurston County Superior Court by looking at the weekly family law dockets and find the cases where relocation is at issue. Obviously, you would then also need to attend the hearing that day. You can only see the current, but not back, calendars with the following links:
Judges and court commissioners try very hard to keep children safe. When a parent makes these kinds of allegations, they issue an order first (ex-parte) and ask questions later (at the full hearing a week to 10 days or so later). The advice to get your proof together quickly so you and your lawyer can be prepared for the hearing is spot on. If there is strong evidence that he is not safe to have the care of the children, you might be able to come back into court on an ex-parte basis and...