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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Washington on

Q: My wife has a daughter that isn't mine that I have raised for the past 15 years. Will I have to pay child support?

I never legally adopted her.

Marc Andrew Moses answered on Apr 12, 2019

The short answer is no, but it depends on a few other factors.

Children from other relationships are not considered for child support. The "depends" part is if the mother believes you are the father, which can be overcome with a DNA test, which would then result in you not paying child...
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Q: My child’s father recently moved to California, me and the child live in Washington, we don’t have a parenting plan...

The father doesn’t pay child support, he doesn’t help out with finances or essentials, he told me the day of that he was moving to a different state. He is always bugging me about talking to her on the phone, can I get in trouble for not letting them talk? Do I have to have contact with him?

Marc Andrew Moses answered on Mar 30, 2018

I wouldn't wait to see if you are going to get in trouble for not allowing your child to talk to the other parent. There may be reasons to do so, but I would rather see you present the issue to the court and get a judge to issue an order.

If the child resides in Washington, you can...
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Q: Does the non custodial parent stop paying child support during visitations, ie... summer breaks?

There is nothing in my support order stating such and he receives 6 weeks visitation (he resides out of state) during summer breaks.

Marc Andrew Moses answered on Mar 30, 2018

When a Washington court orders child support, the order states when it is payable- monthly, or bi-monthly, or perhaps within some other time frame. Unless the order states that payment of child support may be suspended when the non-custodial parent has parenting time (which is highly unlikely),... Read more »

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Q: I’m a father living in Washington State and I pay child support in NY. I need a lawyer should I look for one here or NY?

Marc Andrew Moses answered on Mar 30, 2018

Short answer: It depends.

You wrote that you needed a lawyer, but didn't give the reason. It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If you're looking to modify the amount of support or other order, and if the children have been living in New York for at least the last six months,...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Washington on

Q: What to do if my spouse does not want to sign divorse papers?

Marc Andrew Moses answered on Sep 11, 2017

When you say that your spouse will not sign divorce papers, I will assume that you have filed for dissolution, then tried to work out a settlement that you think is fair but he/she doesn't, so she won't "join" in the petition, which is what WA state calls it when the spouse agrees with the terms of... Read more »

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