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Nancy Nellor Retsinas

Vancouver Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Minor caught shoplifting what punishments can be considered under WA criminal law

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Nancy Nellor Retsinas
    2. Kenneth W Blanford
    3. Alan James Brinkmeier
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    It appears you are living in Vancouver, Clark County, Washington. The most important thing for you to do is to chat with an attorney who is experienced in criminal law and who is familiar with local practice and the prosecutors of the area in which you live. I recommend you speak with Chris Ramsay, an excellent criminal law attorney in Clark County. Here is the link to his website: http://www.cdr-crimdeflaw.com/1.html He can be reached at 360 694 1097. Your son will not go to jail for 365...

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  2. Alimony from ex when work status changes

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Nancy Nellor Retsinas
    2. Thomas H. McGowan
    2 lawyer answers

    In Washington, spousal maintenance (alimony) is based upon need and ability to pay. I can't quite tell from your answer, but will assume you are already divorced and there is an order requiring your former spouse to pay you maintenance. At the time of the divorce, it sounds as if your husband had the ability to pay, and you had the need for, spousal maintenance. Thus, the spousal maintenance award you mention. If your former spouse's situation has changed he may be able to petition the...

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  3. Taking Ex to court

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Nancy Nellor Retsinas
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    Your question is a little vague so I can only speculate about the thing your ex is not paying for. If you obtained a judgment against your spouse, you can collect that judgment through garnishment of his wages or other methods of collection. It probably won't do you any good to pull him into court to explain to the judge why he's not paying it - the judge will likely tell you to go collect the judgment through other legal means. If he was ordered to pay a particular debt or liability that...

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  4. Sex offender living with a minor

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Nancy Nellor Retsinas
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    Yes. There is a rebuttable presumption under Washington law that a parent who has been convicted of certain sex offenses (or who resides with a person who has been convicted of certain sex offenses) places a child at risk of abuse or harm when that parent (or other person) exercises residential time with the child. Unless the parent rebuts the presumption, the court shall restrain the parent (or other person) from contact with the child. The court could restrain contact completely, and...

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  5. Child custody- i am the primary custodial parent.can my ex wife get full custody?she doesnt work along with other issues she has

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Michael John Gainer
    2. Nancy Nellor Retsinas
    3. Michael E Hendrickson
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    Hello: Under Washington law, your son's mother would have to prove that a "substantial change of circumstances" in your life or your son's life had occurred that would necessitate a change in custody, AND she would then have to prove that a change in custody would not "detrimentally affect" your son. This is heavy burden to overcome - and for good reason. The courts want to promote stability of its parenting plan orders so that parents and children alike can rely upon them. Only when...

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  6. Inheritance and divorce

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Douglas Jay Lineberry
    2. Nancy Nellor Retsinas
    3. Jacqueline Harounian
    4. Bruce Givner
    4 lawyer answers

    A properly drafted prenuptial agreement that has been reviewed by your fiance's attorney and signed by both of you well before your wedding is the best protection for your premarital property. Of course, these agreements have to be adhered to after the marriage, or they can be invalidated. If you want to protect assets you owned prior to your marriage it is imperative that you maintain separate accounts for all of your premarital assets, and that you not place your spouse's name on any of...

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  7. Legal separation and divorce

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Craig Edward Kennedy
    2. Nancy Nellor Retsinas
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    It sounds as if both you and your spouse want financial security, and you both have some confusion about how to handle the financial aspects of your divorce settlement. I hear in your question that you and your spouse are interesting in working together to reach a fair resolution. It seems you and your spouse are still communicating with each other and I would want to promote that continued dialogue. There are different ways to transition yourselves through the divorce process. One way is...

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  8. Moving out of state

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Nancy Nellor Retsinas
    2. John K Leslie
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    Under Washington law you must provide notice of your intended relocation with the children at least 60 days prior to the date you want to move. Your former spouse has a right to file an objection to your intended relocation within 30 days of receiving your notice. If he files an objection, then you bring the matter before a judge who will decide if your request to move will be granted. The fact that he does not visit with the children and has not provided financial support for them are factors...

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  9. Grandparents rights

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Nancy Nellor Retsinas
    2. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    3. Jacqueline Harounian
    3 lawyer answers

    Elizabeth Powell's answer is spot on - the key in this situation is to develop a decent relationship with your former daughter-in-law in the hopes of creating a good level of trust so that she will grant you greater access to your grandchildren. If your son's relationship with his former wife is strained that may also be effecting your ability to maintain a relationship with your grandchildren through their mother, so working with your son to help him develop a better post-divorce relationship...

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  10. Does my 15 year old son have the right to refuse to go to his dads every other week?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Nancy Nellor Retsinas
    2. C. Logan McKechnie
    3. Alec Scott Rose
    4. Robert Bailey Branson
    4 lawyer answers

    I am a Washington and Oregon licensed attorney. In these states, a child does not get to decide this. In some circumstances in the states I practice in, a custodial/primary parent can be held in contempt for not requiring the child to go on the visit. The previous attorney posters have given you good information. Here are some more thoughts: First, I'd recommend you engage with a mediator in your area to help you and your child's father talk about these difficult issues and develop some...

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