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Divorce papers have been filed and I have responded. I can not afford an attorney at the moment. After I responded. My oldest daughter (15), I have 2. She said she wants to live with me. So can I file a temporary order for her to live with me. Our...
I really do recommend that you get advice from a good family law attorney, if at all possible. There may be a free or low cost clinic in your area that can help you if you are low income. A one hour consultation with a really good family law attorney can save you a lot of grief and help you understand your best options and procedures. Good luck to you and your children.See question
My husband and I were married 7 years ago in Florida, and then moved to Seattle, WA. We lived in WA for 6 1/2 years and had our son there. In January of this year we moved to North Carolina for my husband to take a new job. I would like to fil...
You are not able to file your divorce in Washington when neither party lives here. The six month mark is relevant for which state has jurisdiction over issues regarding the child/children of a marriage when the parties live in different states. Residency in Washington means living here. The law likely works differently in North Carolina, and I can't tell you how it works there.See question
My wife doesn't want to sign a contract for separation. We are about to get a divorce and we have things that need to be paid and property that needs to be split. She proposed that she would pay for a portion of my truck payment for a set amount o...
Your divorce papers are required to set out the terms of your divorce. Separation contracts are just another way to get those terms written out before entry of the final divorce papers. Just put these terms in the final divorce decree and that will do the job. The court will not enforce scraps of agreements in texts or emails because divorce financial agreements need to take all assets and all debts into consideration and because those texts and emails are not court orders.See question
My ex, de facto parent, will withhold visitation during her 7 week visit with my son. For example, "if you do not visit, you get one ti.e a week to talk to my son," and keeps saying, " not in the parenting plan" when I mention a RCW. Although ea...
Your question is pretty darned confusing. RCW's do apply to family law cases. If your child's mom will not let you have any phone or video contact with your child for seven weeks in a row, that sounds pretty unreasonable. I recommend that you seek mediation under your parenting plan to try to work out this problem and any other problems that you are having with co-parenting. If mediation can't get going, I really do recommend you paying for a consultation with a very good family law attorney to see what your options are.See question
Our home is in my husbands name. We closed on the home on August 5 and were married on August 23. No money was put down on the home due to a first time homebuyer deal. Only money put out was supplied by my parents for the closing costs and the ...
If the two of you intended to buy the home together to live in it as a married couple, there may be a good chance that the court will see it as a marital asset. If there is significant equity in the home, you may want to pursue this interest. I had a case where the parties lived apart and the home was purchased in the man's name before the marriage but wife-to-be participated in the initial financing and the court found it a completely community asset. It would be very helpful to you to have a lawyer help you with this situation. Good luck and I hope you get through this divorce with a minimum of pain and expense.See question
My girlfriend took our son and left to another state. We do not have a parenting plan in affect. She doesn't have any family where she lives ( not sure if that would make a difference)
I'm so sorry to hear that your son's mother took him so far away from you. It is so very hard to be separated from your child.
Of course it would be very helpful to get representation, or at least advice, from a really good family law attorney, but you also have the right to represent yourself in court if that is the only way you can afford to protect your parental rights and your boy's rights to have his father in his life.
I urge you not to give up on him and to be sure tho file your paternity case (if there is no paternity affidavit) or your parenting plan case before your son has been out of this state for more than 6 months. The UUCJEA says that jurisdiction over your son stays in WA for six months after he is removed or on a continuing basis if three is already a case about him here.
That is a simplified answer for now, but you really need advice from a consultation with a good quality family law attorney.
My best wishes to you and to your son.See question
My ex wife is very sick and I am having to take my boys 9 and 7 a lot for her due to her being in and out of the hospital....my 9 year old told me he doesn't want to go home due to no food in the house no vehicle and no parental interaction due to...
I don't disagree with the other lawyers, but want to also mention that you can contact the Division of Child Support and show them evidence that you have the children and they may be able/willing to stop collection of child support from you. I hope that your children's mother recovers and is able to be an important and positive part of the kid's lives from now on. My sympathies to her and to your children and thank you from the rest of our society for stepping up and taking care of your children so much more during this hard time. Not everyone does the right thing, like you are doing.See question
My son's mother is not going by our parenting plan. She has purposely not let me see my son in 7 months. There is a no contact order so I cant call to ask her why she is doing this.
Your question tugs at my heart. I am so sorry that you haven't been able to see your boy for seven whole months. That is terrible.
The option to bring a motion for contempt in family law is not as complex as the personal injury lawyer's answer would imply and you don't need to understand or worry about most of that stuff. The family court has standard forms for you to bring a motion for contempt if you can't afford to have a lawyer help you with it. The forms are also available online.
Before you bring a motion for contempt, I really encourage you to meet with a good quality family law attorney and review all of your court orders so that you are sure you understand your rights before going to the expense and trouble to go to court about this. It seems to me that there really needs to be some way for you and your son's mother to be able to communicate about visitation, so you need advice about how to modify the no contact order if it does not allow for email or third party contact or some way for you to co-parent your son. Good luck with getting this fixed. I believe that children need their fathers and I hope you follow through on this soon.See question
My ex has contacted me, he usually needs money. I got the house and he got 10 K. Can he sue me for more $? I was not invested in a retirement plan at the time of our divorce.
It would be extremely very very unlikely that your ex would be able to get any change in the terms of your final divorce orders from 32 years ago. Please keep yourself safe and you should not worry much about him succeeding in trying to sue you about changes to the final divorce. Under Washington law, he certainly will not be able to get a portion of the retirement benefits that you have earned after your divorce from him. Good luck with getting him to stop bothering you. If he harasses you after you tell him to stop, you might want to get an anti-harassment order.See question
We broke up and he is threatening me to do whatever he has to do to get my child taken away from me. He has said that he will contact my childs father and say all sorts of things to him to make sure my child gets taken away. Although he cannot say...
I am so very sorry to hear that this awful thing is happening to you and to your child. I agree with the other lawyer that you probably have good reason to seek an anti-harassment order against this threatening person. He should have no contact with you or with your child. If you are really worried about your child's father trying to use the things this sex offender person is threatening to tell him against you, you might find it reassuring to have a consultation with a really good quality family attorney so that you can be already prepared in case your child's dad tries to take you back to court. My best wishes for you recovering from this destructive relationship and having only supportive loving and honest relationships in the future.See question