As COVID-19 began to take hold in the United States, Washington, and other states took action to ensure that child possession schedules remained in effect and were followed according to court orders. These actions were effective, and as COVID-19 continues to persist in society, parents have adapted to working within court-ordered possession schedules. Now, however,…

Although courts are still open and conducting Zoom hearings, there is no doubt that many court cases are moving along more slowly than otherwise desired because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A potentially more practical and expedient method of divorce is collaborative law. Collaborative law is just how it sounds. The collaborative law model is an…

When parents divorce, the child normally lives with one of the parents while the other parents pays child support. Child support orders transfer the earnings of one parent to the other, so that the child is financially supported via the parents’ combined wealth. How does child support work? Child support is usually paid monthly and…

There are key differences between a civilian protection order, which is issued and enforced by state courts, and military protection orders, which are issued and enforced by the military. Understanding the differences will help you determine which to get. How the two protection orders are issued State courts issue civilian protection orders:. Both sides get…

If you’re a victim of domestic violence or abuse, or you are experiencing significant and ongoing financial harm due to identity theft, then Social Security can assign you a different number. General Things to Keep in Mind You will still need to keep both social security numbers handy, as new employers will often need both…

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines elder abuse as a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person, such as: Physical abuse where the abused person may have burns, slight swelling from being squeezed,…

Going through a divorce, you might wonder if your spouse gets part of your retirement benefits. Pretty important no matter what, but especially if you are nearing retirement age and didn’t factor in divorce as a life event. Here’s the bottom line, if you are going through a divorce, your retirement benefits are in direct…

There are many reasons to change a parenting plan. Children get older and their interest, activities and needs also change. Or, a parent’s circumstances may have changed. People move, lifestyle changes, new jobs, financial status etc. Mediation Parents can always negotiate between themselves (outside of court) on modifying sections of the parenting plan, but if…

The category of people that can easily file for non-parental visitation is any blood relative, stepparents, siblings, or half siblings. File the paperwork in superior court of whichever county the child resides in. Be ready for a hearing if you submit a petition and affidavit from other people supporting your visitation request. The court will…

Non-parent custody petition refers to a situation where someone who didn’t biologically give birth to a child is requesting for legal custody of the child. This non-parent person is called the petitioner. To win this case in court, there must be substantial evidence that the parent is either unfit or the place the child lives…

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