There are more than half a million reports of elder abuse in the United States every year according to state Adult Protective Service data. Some studies show that only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse are reported to authorities. Impacts can be grave because elders who experience abuse are reported to have a 300%…

No one has the right to threaten or hurt you, and no one has the right to demand sexual favors from you. You may be eligible for a leave from work for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking if you: File a police report in relation to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking…

Washington, like any other state, has its own legal procedures for changing names. So, if you intend to change your name, don’t assume. We will cover the steps you need to take in this article. People change their names for many reasons including: For Marriage Personal reasons Divorce Security You can change your names in…

Division of Child Support (DCS) The Division of Child Support (DCS) is the state agency that collects child support. DCS collects when a child gets welfare payments or is in foster care. DCS can set the support amount through its own administrative system unless (or until) a court sets support. Once there is a child…

When the Other Parent has Taken Your Child If your ex, who might be a parent or a non-parent to your child, does not obey the parenting or custody agreement, there are a few things that you can do to get your child back. If you have a court order granting you custody of your…

Information for Stalking Victims in WA State Stalking is described as a pattern of unwanted behavior which usually includes harassing, monitoring, repeatedly trying to contact or following a person around. Such behavior can cause a person to feel afraid, threatened and intimidated. An even the electronic form of stalking called Cyberstalking qualifies as a crime….

The Traditional Notions Have It Wrong Statistics show that mothers are still awarded full physical custody of children in most court-ordered child custody cases. One big reason for the inequity is a decades-long belief by judges and others that conflict between divorcing parents will cause too much stress for children. Those wary of establishing shared…

America’s Attitude Towards Cohabiting Before Marriage Has Shifted Fifty years ago, cohabitating with one’s significant other before marriage was described in pejorative terms and often thought of as immoral. Today the picture is quite different. Living together prior to getting hitched has increased 1500% since the 1960s, and 30% in just the last decade. While…

Serving a jail term comes with problems of its own. If you have been served with legal papers about family issues like parenting plans, child support, custody, dependency, divorce and other issues, you need to understand a lot about family law and how to respond to situations of that nature. If you are in prison…

Divorce is never easy and can be especially troubling when you’re pregnant. If you are pregnant you will be able to finish your divorce in the normal time frame. In Washington State, a judge cannot deny or delay your divorce because one of the spouses is pregnant. Your pregnancy will be addressed by the court…

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