I got granted a relocation to Houston, Tx 2 years ago going on 3 years. My ex and I had a parenting plan finalized there while I moved and was living in Tx. They pushed me because of the 6 month rule. Well WA state doesn't hold my ex accountable for anything. Misses phone calls, pays no child support, his lawyer argue that I lie and even with proof from my laywer they still bully me and cost me money. I can't take the back and forth to WA to Tx anymore. Its costing me a lot of money and stressing me out. How can I get Texas to get jurisdiction from WA? Yes my ex will fight it because his mother pays his legal bills. But im tired of my kids suffering when the Juges demand my kids visit their biological father when they don't know him. Im all for it but he doesn't follow any rules in the parenting plan and my lawyer wont do contempt because she says she needs to work it out with opposing councler first. He gets off Scott free all the time and doesn't see the kids unless he's forced to. Help.
Where does the other parent reside? If in Washington, Washington keeps child support jurisdiction. You register the final Washington orders in Texas and file to modify them. Judge of each court confers about Washington releasing jurisdiction to Texas. If child has been in Texas almost 3 years, there is a good likelihood that Washington will terminate or release jurisdiction.
Thomas J. Baker of Baker & Tisdale PLLC principally practices in the Central Texas area, including Bell, Coryell, McLennan, Milam and Williamson counties. The advice given here is not and ahould not be taken as a substitute for in-personal consultation with counsel, particularly where legal documents, such as court orders need to be reviewed. I am Board-Certified in Family Law but not in any other areas of practice.
Register the foreign order here in Texas. I suggest using a lawyer to do that. Once registered here, file a petition to modify the visitation using a lawyer. WA will waive its continuing jurisdiction of the custody/visitation part of the order.
I am not intending this to be legal advice, because I don't know the particulars of your situation.
The children's residence in Texas this many years should allow for Texas to take over jurisdiction from WA. So find an experienced lawyer in Texas to help you with the process to file the WA order in Texas and modify the terms. Good luck.
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