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Molly Lindquist

Molly Lindquist’s Answers

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  • For "other special expenses" on the child support worksheet, can I list transportation costs to the airport as an expense?

    Molly’s Answer

    Many attorneys, myself included, advise clients to not include special expenses such as those listed in your question when filling out child support worksheets. These types of expenses fluctuate and change, and are not meant to be immortalized in a worksheet which will likely be in place for longer than your child stays in music class. If you want assistance with these expenses, you're better off including them in the order of child support section that covers extracurricular and long distance travel expenses,and dividing the costs proportionally based on the incomes of the parties. You should speak with a family law attorney in order to best determine how you can make sure your order of child support and worksheets appropriately account for and divide costs.

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  • How do I go about handling this situation the right way

    Molly’s Answer

    If your parenting plan includes a notification provision where you must be notified when your child is taken out of state, then failure to follow that provision is contempt of the parenting plan. You should speak to a family law attorney to establish what your options are for pursuing this.

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  • Do you need an lawyer to assist with a motion to change venue? Or can it be done without legal assistance?

    Molly’s Answer

    Although the procedure to change venue can be complicated for a pro se litigant, a consultation with a family law attorney may make things clear enough to do this on your own, correctly, on your first try. Many family law attorneys offer free consultations, but even paying the fee may be worth it in the long run if you can get it done yourself for the price of a consult.

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  • Do I have to be present for Mediation sessions in Seattle when I live in a different state-east coast?can i request video calls?

    Molly’s Answer

    In general, there should not be a problem appearing at mediation via phone or video conference. However, some mediators have specific rules. For instance, some will only mediate cases where both parties are represented by counsel. Others may require both parties to be present. So when selecting a mediator, make sure you find one who will participate in a telephonic mediation and you should be just fine.

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  • Can he make me return?

    Molly’s Answer

    Under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, Washington won't have jurisdiction over your child until he/she has lived in the state for 6 months. There can be exceptions, such as for emergencies, but it doesn't sound like that's the case here. Until you've been here in Washington for 6 months, South Carolina retains jurisdiction and your ex can file a custody action in that state. It's possible South Carolina may relinquish jurisdiction, but that gets into more complicated issues. As mentioned above, there also may be relocation laws in SC that you violated when you moved. You should consult with a family law attorney so your unique situation can be fully assessed.

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