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Meredith McKell Graff

Vancouver Family Law Attorney.

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  1. What happens in the state of WA if a person cannot be found to serve divorce papers on?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Meredith McKell Graff
    2. Mark L. Alexander
    3. John Stocks
    4. Ronald Lee Bell
    4 lawyer answers

    1. If he can't find you to serve you, he can get an order to publish notice in the newspaper and after the required period of publication, he can take a default order against you and get his divorce. 2. If you are served, and don't respond, he can take a default against you and get his divorce. If you file a response, and do not settle with him as to the terms of the divorce, and move out of the country so you are not at the trial, he will get what he has asked the court for because you are...

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  2. I am married. I buy a property in WA. I hold the title in my name as my sole property. What happens if there is a dissolution?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Brook Andrew Goddard
    2. Meredith McKell Graff
    3. Mark L. Alexander
    3 lawyer answers

    It might be your separate property but if you paid for it with community funds, it could be considered community. Titles on property are not proof that the property is your separate property. If you want to make it your separate property, you and your spouse should do a Community and Separate Property Agreement, which states what is yours, what is hers/his, and what is community (both of yours), and put in language that it is your intent that this property pass to your spouse upon your death (...

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  3. My ex and I are supposed to agree on all major decisions. He enrolled her in a new school w/o me agreeing. What can I do?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Meredith McKell Graff
    1 lawyer answer

    You definitely need to hire an attorney to bring all these things to the court's attention. First, he has violated the parenting plan by enrolling her in a different school than last year without talking to you first and the two of you agreeing. That would be a motion for show cause re contempt. Next, you need to ask to modify the parenting plan to reduce his time because he is not exercising it, his mother is. You need to show the court his instability by his moves (did he file and serve...

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  4. The commissioner in Clark County, WA completely ignored the financial declarations of both parties.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey W Holmes
    2. Bruce Clement
    3. Meredith McKell Graff
    3 lawyer answers

    What you are talking about is a motion for revision, which is a brand new (as if the first one had not happened) hearing with a judge, because the first hearing was with a commissioner. You cannot submit any new information-it is just based on what is already in the court record. You are right, it can be risky and sometimes people come out worse off than the original decision. But other times, when the decision is really off the mark, it is worth taking the shot. You probably realize that...

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  5. What is the penalty for non payment of child support amounting to over $100,000?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Meredith McKell Graff
    2. Loretta Marie Helfrich
    2 lawyer answers

    First, you need to find the child support order that was entered by the court that contains the authority to assess you this large sum of past due child support. Are you aware of this order? Did you sign it or have an attorney sign it on your behalf? Or, was it entered by the court without your knowledge? First talk to an Ohio attorney because it sounds like the original order was entered in Ohio. That attorney may be able to make payment arrangements for you with the child support...

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  6. If a man is not married to the mother of his child but he is paying support, what are his legal rights to visitation?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Meredith McKell Graff
    1 lawyer answer

    You have no rights to parenting time because you have no parenting plan. If you want parenting time (visitation), you will have to petition the court for a parenting plan. Paying child support is not related to the parenting plan, in that, paying child support does not give you rights to visitation. You need a court order. She is able to dictate when you see the child because you have not pursued your legal rights. You need to do so ASAP!

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  7. Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Statement on Petition to Modify Parenting Plan

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Meredith McKell Graff
    1 lawyer answer

    Check the box that this does not apply and you will be fine!

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  8. Currently separated, not legally. Relocating to 2 different states. Will legal separation in WA make divorce difficult later?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Meredith McKell Graff
    1 lawyer answer

    If you get a legal separation in WA, six months from the date the court signs the order of legal separation (no waiting period, by the way), either of you can move the court to convert the legal separation to a divorce. If you agree, neither of you have to go to court, if you have an attorney assist you. There is no new filing fee to convert the legal separation to a divorce. If all the terms of your divorce are in the legal separation, the only thing left for the court to do is enter the...

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  9. What are my options to collect unpaid, overdue extra-ordinary expenses

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Meredith McKell Graff
    1 lawyer answer

    First, did you send the request for reimbursement by certified, return receipt mail? If not, copy all the invoices and proofs of payment (cancelled checks, debit receipts and so forth) and send these to the ex with a cover letter, sent by certified, return receipt mail. Tell him in the cover letter that he has thirty days from the date of the letter to reimburse you as per the child support order. If he does not do this, file your motion for show cause re contempt. Ask for attorneys fees (...

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  10. What are my rights when then the non custodial parent refuses to go to couseling or mediation recommened by the childrens Psy?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Meredith McKell Graff
    2. Peter Christopher Lomtevas
    2 lawyer answers

    You need to bring a motion asking the court to adopt the recommendation of the children's psychologist, and order the non residential parent to counseling. However, if you are referring to the provision in the parenting plan that pertains to dispute resolution, if the plan requires the parties to go to counseling or mediation before bringing an action with the court, you will need to email the other parent and get him to refuse to do what the parenting plan orders. Then, you can bring an...

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