Child Custody

Recent Posts in the Child Custody Category

  • Can I Move My Kids Out of the State Without My Ex’s Consent?

    Can I Move My Kids Out of the State Without My Ex’s Consent? Relocating with your children is a big decision, especially if you and your child’s other parent are no longer together. You might wish to move because of a job prospect, an educational opportunity, lower cost of living, to be closer to family, or simple for a change of scenery. Whatever the reason, your ability to move out of Washington state with your child depends largely on your current parenting situation. Before you move your kids out of state, make sure you don’t need their other parent’s legal consent. Learn more ...
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  • Understanding Child Custody Rights in Washington State

    Understanding Child Custody Rights in Washington State Legal issues involving children, such as child custody, can be extremely emotional, frustrating, and oftentimes difficult to work through. Parents want what is best for their children – but when they cannot agree about what that looks like, court intervention might be necessary. However, dealing with the legal restrictions and laws in your state can be challenging. Whether you’re going through a divorce, a separation, or are renegotiating a long-standing custody arrangement, it’s important for you to understand your rights ...
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  • How Do Courts Determine Who Gets Custody?

    How Do Courts Determine Who Gets Custody? When parents no longer wish to remain together, they need to establish a child custody arrangement to reflect their parenting decisions. Some parents may be able to work out a plan amongst themselves, but many parents require additional intervention from the court. Whether you are going through a divorce or not, you will need to establish a legally binding custody arrangement for the benefit of both you and your child. If you need to go through the family law court to determine child custody, rather than through negotiation ...
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  • Tips for Parenting Plans Involving Babies & Young Children

    Tips for Parenting Plans Involving Babies & Young Children Creating a parenting plan is never easy, especially when your children are still young. Older children are often better equipped to handle divorce and separation issues, or they are at least able to grasp what is going on. Babies and young children, however, don’t understand what is happening and ideally should be receiving attention and care from both parents during these early years. For this reason, it can be particularly difficult to create a schedule for a baby when the parents live in different households. If you and ...
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  • 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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