Child Custody

Recent Posts in the Child Custody Category

  • What Are Temporary Orders in a Divorce Case?

    What Are Temporary Orders in a Divorce Case? Once your divorce is final, you and your ex-spouse will have a detailed agreement outlining how to handle each aspect of your divorce. Your settlement agreement can include rules regarding child support payments, spousal support payments, child custody, what to do with your shared property, and so on. However, while you’re in the thick of the divorce process, how are you and your spouse supposed to handle these issues? Temporary family law orders can help you, and your spouse, navigate any unclear areas of your divorce while ...
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  • Frequently Asked Questions About Non-Parental Custody

    Frequently Asked Questions About Non-Parental Custody In the state of Washington, non-parental custody is only granted in special circumstances. Understanding the circumstances that allow for non-parental custody and visitation can be difficult and exercising certain rights as a guardian or grandparent can also be tricky. To better explain the full scope of non-parental custody rights in Washington state, we’ve answered some of your most frequently asked questions on the subject. Q: What is non-parental custody? A: Non-parental custody (also called third party custody) is when ...
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  • What is a Parenting Plan Modification?

    What is a Parenting Plan Modification? Life is rarely, if ever, consistent, especially where children are involved. When our jobs, living situation, financial stability, or personal affairs change, it is only natural that other aspects of our lives adjust to reflect that. If something in your life or the life of your co-parent changes, a modification to your parenting plan may be in order. Parenting plans may become outdated or certain rules may no longer be applicable as time goes on and life changes. Whatever the reason, if a modification to your parenting plan ...
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  • Can I Legally Prevent My Children from Seeing Their Other Parent?

    Can I Legally Prevent My Children from Seeing Their Other Parent? While, in many cases, it is typically better for children to have a relationship with both of their parents, there may be situations when keeping your ex out of your children’s lives is in their best interest. If, for example, your ex is abusive or potentially dangerous, keeping your children out of his or her reach may be necessary. It is possible to legally prevent your ex from any contact with your children, under certain circumstances. However, legally alienating your ex from the children you share is no simple task, and ...
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  • What is Considered Separate Property in a Divorce?

    What is Considered Separate Property in a Divorce? There are two general types of assets or properties in a divorce, communal assets and separate assets. In the state of Washington, everything acquired during the marriage is considered communal property (also known as “shared” or “marital” assets). Separate properties are those individually owned by one spouse independently. So, how do you decipher which is which? Discerning communal property from separate property can be extremely complex, especially when you are dealing with long marriages or high-asset divorces where ...
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  • What Are the Parental Rights of Unmarried Parents?

    What Are the Parental Rights of Unmarried Parents? Child custody is often complicated, but when the parents are unmarried, establishing parental rights can make custody, visitation, and child support more problematic. When two people have a child out of wedlock, custody of the child is immediately awarded to the mother, though the father may pursue custody for a variety of reasons. To better understand your rights as a parent, we’ve outlined some of the general rules relating to the custody of children of unmarried parents. The Mother’s Rights Unmarried and married parents ...
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  • Dating During a Divorce: Is It a Risk?

    Dating During a Divorce: Is It a Risk? Once you and your spouse make the decision to divorce, you might think it is an acceptable time to embark on a new chapter and start dating. However, dating while in the midst of divorce could complicate the divorce proceedings and impact custody and child visitation decisions. Before getting back into the dating scene, it is important to understand what obstacles you may face by doing so. The Impact of Dating on a Divorce Dating before a divorce is finalized can have a number of effects on the proceedings. Even in no-fault ...
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  • Getting Divorced While Pregnant: The Legal Issues

    Getting Divorced While Pregnant: The Legal Issues When a couple is in the midst of divorce, pregnancy can be incredibly stressful. While some couples may choose to postpone the divorce until after the child is born, others may feel waiting isn’t an option. Although the courts cannot prevent you from divorcing simply because a spouse is pregnant, you may encounter some legal issues as you begin the dissolution process. In Washington, a baby born during a marriage, or born within 300 days of divorce, is the legal child of both spouses. If one of the spouses is not the ...
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