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Meredith McKell Graff

Vancouver Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Questions about a settlement conference in a divorce/custody battle.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Meredith McKell Graff
    1 lawyer answer

    Mediation is a voluntary process. You cannot "make" him go unless your court requires mediation before it will finalize a divorce. Your court probably has a form for people to complete prior to a settlement conference that must be filed with the court and copies provided to the other side and the judge of the settlement conference. This document tells the court your side of the case, what you think is agreed and not agreed, and how you want the court to decide. The settlement conference is...

  2. In Washington State can mediation delay the final court date?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Meredith McKell Graff
    1 lawyer answer

    Know that just because there is a 90-day waiting period in Washington, it does not mean you are entitled to a divorce in 90 days. The only people whose divorces are finalized in 90 days are those who agree on the terms of their divorce. People who choose to contest the issues experience much longer periods between the petition and the final documents. There is no "entitlement" to three months. There is no "legal three month time frame." The 90 days is the shortest amount of time from...

  3. When 2 teenagers have a baby and then they break up what rights does the father have?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Paul Michael Kocsis
    2. Brian Chiles Tevis
    3. Meredith McKell Graff
    4. Ronald Lee Bell
    4 lawyer answers

    First, your grandson needs to acknowledge paternity, if he has not already done so. If he is not sure, he can buy an inexpensive DNA test at Walgreens or online. Then, he needs to sign the state form acknowledging paternity. From there, he needs to get a court order establishing him as the legal father. With that, he can ask the court for a parenting plan (visitation). The father's last name on the birth certificate is not proof that he is the father. Only a genetic test and a court order...

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  4. How do I write a divorce decree with language to ensure the husband removes my name from the mortgage?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Deborah Varney
    2. Meredith McKell Graff
    3. Robert Ricci
    3 lawyer answers

    If your spouse is unable to refinance, he will not be able to remove your name from the debt and the court cannot order the mortgage holder to do so. The financial institution is not a party to the divorce and the court has no authority to order it to do anything. If your spouse does not qualify for a refinance, you are a joint obligor and there is nothing you can do about it but take him back to court if he fails to pay and the financial institution goes after you. Make sure there is a "...

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  5. Mediation Settlement Question/Regrets

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Eric Nissim Assouline
    2. Meredith McKell Graff
    3. Pamela Koslyn
    3 lawyer answers

    Have you signed a written agreement? Has the other side taken steps in reliance on your agreements that would hurt the other side when you announce you have reneged on your agreements? If you haven't signed anything, you may be able to withdraw your agreements and go to trial. If you go to trial, the mediation discussions will likely be barred by the evidence rules (negotiation discussions) but if the other side relied on your agreement and was harmed as a result, there could be financial...

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  6. Can the lawyer be in trouble?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Meredith McKell Graff
    1 lawyer answer

    Write a letter to the attorney and demand your trust deposit back. Tell her that if you don't get your trust deposit back within 14 days of the date of your letter you will be contacting the state bar association and filing a complaint. Document everything. Send the letter certified, return receipt. If you don't hear anything, file a complaint with your state bar association and include copies of everything you can regarding this attorney, the money paid, any employment agreement, letters,...

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  7. What repercussions could happen if my kids stayed with me in MT instead of returning to their mothers home in WA?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Meredith McKell Graff
    1 lawyer answer

    It sounds like you are still married. Your children have been with you for the summer, but not for six months, the length of time they would need to be in Montana for Montana to have jurisdiction over your children. First, you need to decide whether you want to stay married when your wife chose not to join you in Montana. What does she want to do? If you want to get divorced, at this point, you would need to hire someone in Washington to file your divorce in Washington in order for the...

  8. I have an uncontested divorce in North Carolina. How do I go about getting a mediator to help with Child Support/Custody issues

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Rebecca K. Watts
    2. Meredith McKell Graff
    2 lawyer answers

    If you both agree to mediate, find a mediator on line. The best place to look is www.Mediate.com for a mediator in your area. Have your mediator write up a written agreement that you both can sign if you and she are able to come to agreements on your parenting plan/visitation issues. Child support is probably dictated by your state, so you may not have as much "wiggle room" there, but you may be able to make the child support guidelines work for you in a mediation setting (as opposed to...

  9. My child is 18 and will graduate from High School in a few days. How do I stop child support payments?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. George Ellis Corson IV
    2. Meredith McKell Graff
    2 lawyer answers

    You should first get out your most recent order of child support and see what it says about how long the child support will be due. If it is until your child is "18 or graduates from high school, whichever is last," and he hasn't turned 18 yet, then you aren't off the hook until his birthday month (the last month of child support). If he is now 18, and will be graduating before the first day of June, you may want to call your Child Support Enforcement office. Often, there are administrative...

  10. My ex-wife is in the Military and has orders to Florida, Do I have a fighting chance in court for custody of my son?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Meredith McKell Graff
    1 lawyer answer

    "Screwed" isn't the right word for it. You made an agreement and it is a good one. I am sure you were focusing on your son when you made that agreement. Nevertheless, if you former spouse has orders for deployment, you are likely to be named the temporary custodial parent by the court while she is deployed to a war zone. Something else to consider--why wait for high legal drama? Why not contact her and create anb agreed long distance parenting plan with her paying her pro rata share of...

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