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Is the noncustodial parent required to notify the custodial parent of their address?

Spokane, WA |

My ex-husband was abusive, including threats against our son, and I moved out of state. He ran me out of money so I was unrepresented at trial and he was given unsupervised visits in Spokane. We are now one month past that ruling and he had his first visit. He refused to tell me where he lives, but I know he is not at the address he has on file with the courts. He also refuses to tell me who he is living with or introduce me to her (his new girlfriend). Our son is two and cannot tell me what happens when he is there. My ex is also not responding when I ask questions about how he is doing, etc. None of this is specifically required in our parenting plan - do I have grounds to modify?

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  1. Absent extraordinary circumstances, an introduction to the girlfriend is definitely not required, and who your ex lives with is also unlikely to be an issue that concerns the court. If the father has day visits only, then his home address probably won't be something you are entitled to either; however, if the visits include overnights, you probably have a right to know your child's whereabouts. As such, I recommend you consult with a local attorney to determine whether this issue is something for which you should initiate a court proceeding. Good luck!

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  2. You should schedule a brief paid consultation with a family attorney to review your orders, interview you about the details, and then advise you on your options.

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  3. On the pattern order of child support (and several other forms usually filed in a dissolution of marriage) are these provisions:

    The Obligor Parent Must Immediately File With the Court and the Washington State Child Support Registry, and Update as Necessary, the Confidential Information Form Required by RCW 26.23.050.

    The Obligor Parent Shall Update the Information Required by Paragraph 3.2 Promptly After any Change in the Information. The Duty to Update the Information Continues as long as any Support Debt Remains due Under This Order.
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    There are similar provisions for the other parent. Part of the required information is the service address and the residential address of each parent.

    In some special circumstances (such as domestic violence), providing the information can be waived.

    The courts in WA run background checks on all adults living in a parent's household before signing a final parenting plan. So, you are entitled to know information about the adults living in the other parent's household. However, there is no law that requires that you be introduced to those persons.

    "My ex is also not responding when I ask questions about how he is doing, etc." If the "he" in the sentence refers to the ex, he has no legal obligation to tell you how he is doing. If "he" refers to the child, presumably, you know how your child is doing since you appear to be the custodial parent, someone who is frequently with the child. Unless something out of the ordinary happens to the child (such as suddenly being ill or injured), a parent usually does not have a legal duty to provide a daily report of the child's every day activities to the other parent. (Cooperative parents do discuss the daily activities of the children with each other.)

    You should review the specific facts with your attorney to find out your legal options.