Angel Marie Base’s Answers

Angel Marie Base

Spokane Family Law Attorney.

Contributor Level 9
  1. Can my child speak in family court for his own self? when the child is 9.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Angel Marie Base
    2. Dave Hawkins
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    It is good that you are asking this question. Some parents just make the wrong move here without even asking. I would echo the idea expressed by Mr. Hawkins regarding the role of a GAL and regarding how a child would feel in the process, and I would explain this a step further. Many parents mistakenly believe that if the child knows everything about what is going on then the child will feel included, or that the child will be easier to handle behavior-wise if the child is on their side. Other...

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  2. Does "settling" always mean you are agreeing to their original terms or can you negotiate?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Glenn E. Tanner
    3. Angel Marie Base
    3 lawyer answers

    I would echo my colleagues in encouraging an attempt to pitch your reasoned proposal, but also to consider other factors which may affect those numbers before you propose your settlement. If the other side is not working full time at an income that they are capable of, there are factors for consideration in imputing income. If your income includes overtime or a second job that you are working to provide for a current family's needs, to retire past relationship debts, or to retire child...

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  3. Are declarations allowed to be submitted in court if they weren't included in original petition?-

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Angel Marie Base
    2. Robert Daniel Kelly
    2 lawyer answers

    Yes. It is important to know the distinction between a petition and a motion. A petition is the umbrella action, which remains the overall goal of the case on final orders (a petition for dissolution of marriage is filed for a divorce with all of the final orders of divorce, including parenting and child support orders, and a petition for establishment of parenting plan is filed to end up with a parenting plan between unmarried parents, and so on). The original petition does not need any...

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  4. How do they determine if the move is in the best interest of the child in washington state?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Angel Marie Base
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    In Washington state you must give 60 days' notice unless you did not know about the relocation in time to give 60 days' notice, and then you must give notice within 5 days of learning of the move. So you need to give notice within 5 days of accepting the new position. This is done using the mandatory forms at http://www.courts.wa.gov/forms/?fa=forms.static&staticID=14, but you should hire an attorney who has litigated relocation actions on both sides, so that you can cover all of the issues as...

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  5. Ok im 16 and wanted to know if its an automatic emancipation in Washington State if i get pregnate ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Angel Marie Base
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    No. And please do not put yourself in that situation intentionally. To be emancipated you have to show the court that you are responsible and able to provide for yourself. The teen years can be tough, and perhaps counseling can help your family through this time. If your family situation is difficult enough that you are desperate for relief, please reach out to another adult who can be trusted, before you get yourself into an even more difficult situation. Talk to a school counselor, a family...

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  6. My son's father filed a petition for residential schedule and a restraining order, do I need to file a Motion for relocation?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Dave Hawkins
    2. John Groseclose
    3. Angel Marie Base
    3 lawyer answers

    If a parent objects to the relocation of a child in Washington State, the child cannot be relocated until there is a court order allowing the relocation. You should complete the Notice of Intended Relocation found at http://www.courts.wa.gov/forms/?fa=forms.contribute&formID=6 and you should list the facts that pertain to the 11 statutory factors in RCW 26.09.250. You should also file and set a motion for an order allowing the relocation on a temporary basis while you await a trial. The forms...

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  7. I am paying spousal support under Temporary Orders. The payment is part cash & part car payment. Can I deduct both on my taxes?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Angel Marie Base
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    It really depends on how the order was written. From the way that you describe it, you probably cannot deduct the total amount. In Washington, a court can order a spouse to pay spousal maintenance, and also order which bills each spouse has to pay under temporary orders. The bills are ordered to be paid to maintain some stability while your divorce is pending but are not usually considered a maintenance payment unless specified as such. You can move the court for an order of clarification, or...

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  8. Can I represent myself?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Angel Marie Base
    2. Hong Shen
    2 lawyer answers

    I will agree with the previous answer, and add the following: You can certainly explain your situation to the court, but because you are emotionally attached to the outcome of the hearing it may be difficult for you to explain without coming on too forcefully (with your non-verbal conduct possibly suggesting to the judge that you are really just being difficult), or too weak (possibly suggesting to the judge that you are actually just throwing out excuses and that even you yourself believe that...

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  9. Can I send papers to his last known address in court order?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Peter Jaret Abbarno
    2. Bruce Clement
    3. Angel Marie Base
    3 lawyer answers

    It sounds as though the case is already open, and that she may have already appeared in the action. If she filed the original Petition, or if she filed a Response, then she is required to keep that address updated and that address listed is the address that you would have another person over the age of 18 mail further documents to. Then have that person complete a Certificate of Mailing. As a good practice tip, send one copy first class mail and another copy by a method that provides deliver...

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  10. Is it illegal for us to date?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2. Angel Marie Base
    3. Sean Patrick Lewis
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the above answers, and especially the idea of keeping yourself out of settings/activities that lead to sexual interactions. However, an additional caution to consider is the practice of "sexting." I understand your intentions in your purity ring. However, if you do find that you've changed the rules for yourself please keep in mind that the age of consent for sexual interaction does not mean "anything goes" by way of communication. Sexually explicit communication, whether written/...

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