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  • How do I get my case moved to the state that the children and I live in?

    My divorce and all litigation since has been in King County. My ex lives in Thurston County now and the children and I live in the east coast. My lawyer has told me that he needs to withdraw since I can not pay him. (I have been bankrupted with...

    Bruce’s Answer

    It depends on the circumstances. Normally you would need to file a motion in King County WA asking the court to waive jurisdiction in favor or your current state under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). My AVVO Legal Guides on interstate child custody jurisdiction may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • I am in URGENT NEED of help. I need to find out what I need to do to file for custody of my children. One lives in another state

    i divorced my husband July 2015 and I am trying to get full custody of our children, ages 12 and 6. My ex-husband abandoned me and our children last April and moved in with his girlfriend (whom he married less than 24 hours after our divorce). He...

    Bruce’s Answer

    It sounds like the dad got custody in WA in the divorce. If so, you need to hire a WA attorney to file a petition for modification of the parenting plan. The attorney should give you advice on whether and how to file a CPS complaint in WA, depending on the circumstances. My AVVO Legal Guides on child custody and modification of a parenting plan may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • Do i even have a chance of getting my son back without playing dirty? i just want to be able to hold and see my son everyday.

    I was a stay at home mom, i breast fed my son everyday and i gave birth to him in the state of Washington. I got my son taken away from me without my consent when he was 6 months old. His father took him and moved to California to live with his pa...

    Bruce’s Answer

    I assume that you and the dad were not married, and that no parenting plan has been adopted by the court in WA. You should file a Petition for Parenting Plan or Residential Schedule as soon as possible. My AVVO Legal Guides on interstate custody and parenting plans may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • Can an order that was created in a different state be modified in a new state where residency has been established?

    My children and I were granted relocation from Pennsylvania to Washington state. We arrived a little over a month ago. I understand that jurisdiction is changed after the children have lived in Washington for at least 6 months. The current cust...

    Bruce’s Answer

    WA can issue an emergency order, but the evidence has to be very good. Register the PA order in WA under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). A Pennsylvania attorney might be able to get PA to decline or waive jurisdiction in favor of WA, depending on the circumstances. You could then file a petition to modify the PA order. My AVVO Legal Guides on the UCCJEA may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • Non-Parental Custody Question

    I was granted custody of my niece and nephew last year, and how I understood was that I would have custody of the kids indefinitely unless their father contests it. Is this true, or do I have to re-apply for non-parental custody every year? I am g...

    Bruce’s Answer

    If you were granted non-parental custody after filing a Petition for Non-Parental Custody, the Order granting you custody is effective until the Court enters another order modifying or vacating your order. For that to happen, you or a parent must file a motion and have a court hearing. If, on the other hand, you filed a Petition for Guardianship and got a court order granting your petition, the Court order normally requires you to return to court each year to render an accounting of moneys handled for the child, and to explain why the Guardianship should continue. My AVVO Legal Guides on non-parental custody may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • Mean I cannot address the administrative order even if it should be Void?

    There is a court order of Child Support. There was previously an administrative order. The documents FFLR etc. were delivered via substitute service. I understand this is legal even though I never received them. However, on record the server admit...

    Bruce’s Answer

    The answer to questions about the sufficiency of service on someone are often very complicated. You need to consult with an experienced attorney. My AVVO Legal Guides may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • Do I take this to Federal Court?

    My current Judge illegally ordered me to pay child support of $50 a month. I am on SSI NOT SSDI. This is my only income and I have no assets. Per Wa State the minimum of $50 the statute says for LOW income not zero income. You cant imput income on...

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    What seems easy is often very difficult. You need to consult with an experienced attorney before filing a lawsuit in Federal Court. My AVVO Legal Guides may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • Could I get help to file for divorce it's been 30 or more years. I don't know if he filed he lives in a different state.

    I separated from my X since 1985 I didn't have a phone or a car I moved home. I don't know if he filed I didn't receive any papers I moved multiple times. I live in a different state and I'm not working. I can't afford to file and wish I could ...

    Bruce’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Couture. Once you have filed for divorce in WA state, you can serve your husband by getting a court order allowing service by certified mail to his last known address, or by publishing the summons in a "publication of general circulation". My AVVO Legal Guides on divorce and service of process may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • Response to a motion response.

    I was served with a motion for contempt in a family law case. I responded to the motion and was under the impression through legal documents that I read through prior to responding, that the petitioner cannot respond after I respond. Is this tru...

    Bruce’s Answer

    I agree with Ms. Josephson. My AVVO Legal Guides may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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  • Will my wife be responsible for my arrears prior to us getting married or at all??

    I am in a situation where I am in arrears with support, I just got married at years end and am concerned my wife will be stuck with repayment even though it is my debt.

    Bruce’s Answer

    Your fiance won't be responsible before or after marriage for your child support arrears or current child support. My AVVO Legal Guides may provide more information which is relevant to your inquiry. You will find my AVVO Legal Guides at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/98003-wa-bruce-clement-2837/guides.html. Select and review those Guides which are relevant to your situation. Please mark what you like as “helpful”. Remember that AVVO Guides are no substitute for the advice and representation of an experienced attorney who is retained specifically for your case. Thanks for your support.

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