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April Brinkman’s Answers

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  • How am I able to see my dog when my father has forbidden me to see her and is not allowing me inside the home.

    April’s Answer

    Hi Jessica ~ the high road is the one you want. Have you offered to take the dog on a weekly walk, to help groom the dog, or to help feed the dog? Making such an offer to your dad may receive a welcome response as it can be a lot of work to care for a doggie cute as they can be. This would likely impress your dad with how responsible you are and how caring and compassionate you are. Talk this over with a trusted adult, it may be your winning plan to proceed with. Wishing you well.

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  • Ex and I have 50/50 custodial/physical custody. Ex moved in with new gf who has four kids not vaccinated.

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    I would hire a private GAL / investigator to document these safety and welfare concerns in a report. Then request a consultation with the local attorney, and discuss strategy as to Petition for Modification. Direct court action may be justified, based upon what information is contained in the report and you should discuss that with the attorney you hire.

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  • Can I change my son's last name without consent from the father?

    April’s Answer

    It is necessary to file the Petition and provide notice to the father. The court may authorize service by publication, and if the father did not respond you would get a name change by default. It is a worthwhile investment to hire an attorney on this matter and get it done right.

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  • Parenting plan question

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    It is not for the father to bully or intimidate you, and you should continue to follow the court order. If I were you, I would also see an attorney to start planning for court. Right now is when you begin making a record, and the attorney and you can decide when is the best time to get in to court for modification of the parenting plan.

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  • Can a dr prescribe prozack to a minor child without parental consent or knowledge?

    April’s Answer

    In the State of Washington, the age of thirteen is when a young person can consent on his or her own to mental health services. Under RCW 71.34.530, any minor thirteen years or older may request and receive outpatient treatment without the consent of the minor's parent. Parental authorization, or authorization from a person who may consent on behalf of the minor pursuant to RCW 7.70.065, is required for outpatient treatment of a minor under the age of thirteen. If you want to be more involved in your daughter's care, I would first make an appointment to see an attorney so that you can plan the best strategy together as to how to proceed.

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  • Can I leave my child in the car for a few minutes?

    April’s Answer

    Leaving your baby in a vehicle such as you describe could land you in jail not to mention involvement by CPS. But more than that it could be a heart-wrenching mistake that you could never undo. Please do not think that just because it is for a relatively short time that this is an OK thing to do, and if you need help in caring for your baby ask responsible friends and family members. You may be surprised by how many people will offer you some help.

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  • I was served with papers, but I am put down as the petitioner. what can i do

    April’s Answer

    Is there an original action in which you were the Petitioner and your ex was the Respondent? For example, was there an original Dissolution or a Parentage Petition that you first filed and served as Petitioner? If so, then your ex may actually be correct in her filing papers under that original action with the same heading of Petitioner / Respondent. In any case, you absolutely need to make sure that you respond to the paperwork in a timely manner under the law. If I were you, I would make a consultation with an attorney and bring in all of the paperwork for you to review together.

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  • I have full temp. custody of my daughter in a case from idaho. i now live in wa. can i get the case moved while i have temp. cus

    April’s Answer

    It is also worth your resources to call an attorney in Washington State and get a consultation. Given the facts of your case, including how long you have been residing in Washington and the length of time the mother is expected to remain in jail you may have a case. It is a matter for which you should get help from an attorney.

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  • My daughters mother is telling me she will move our five year old daughter of the Washington state. How do I stop this?

    April’s Answer

    If the other parent is taking serious steps to move with the child, then I definitely would get a restraining order. Then you will have a hearing from which there will be an official record. It will force the issue so you can work it out in a court of law and have some peace of mind. If the other parent decides to file a Notice of Relocation, you would then object under the law. I suggest that you hire an attorney and get this dealt with properly.

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  • Friday the judge ordered Unsupervised visits. CPS is making my visit monitored. Is that legal?

    April’s Answer

    This is really a question as to jurisdiction, if there is any dependency action, and if exclusive jurisdiction has been waived by the juvenile court. If I were you I would take all your paperwork and make an appointment for a consultation with an attorney. This matter needs to be figured out as soon as possible.

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