Parental Rights

Recent Posts in the Parental Rights Category

  • 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 Parenting plans may become outdated or certain rules may no longer be applicable as time goes on and life changes.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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Prevent Your Spouse from Taking Your Child Out of the Country

    How to Prevent Your Spouse from Taking Your Child Out of the Country If you are married to a citizen of another country, have children, and are divorcing or considering a divorce, it is natural to fear what would happen if your spouse were to take your children out of the country. If this happens, it can be difficult to bring the child back to the United States. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? Please note: If you are facing a custody situation where this is an issue, it is important to contact a family law attorney experienced in international matters right away to advise you ...
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  • How Much Child Support Will I Get in Washington State?

    How Much Child Support Will I Get in Washington State? Child support in Washington State is calculated using the Washington State Child Support Schedule (WSCSS) to determine how much child support must be paid to a custodial parent each month. This schedule works a lot like an income tax table. It takes the income level of each parent into account in order to calculate a support amount that meets the needs of the child(ren). The schedule also exists to make sure that parents throughout the state either receive or pay similar amounts of support. Child support obligations are ...
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  • Will Marijuana Legalization in Washington State Affect Your Divorce or Other Family Law Proceeding?

    On November 6, 2012, Washington State approved Initiative 502 (‘I-502’) removing state-law criminal and civil penalties for the production, distribution, and possession of marijuana. As a result, parents who have had their time with their children restricted due to marijuana use might legitimately question whether the new law provides a basis for modifying their court order or whether the law will alter the course of their divorce or other family law proceedings in the future. In short, the answer is no. I-502 likely will ...
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