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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support, Gov & Administrative Law and Social Security for Washington on
Q: What the procedure for obtaining a copy of a court order issued from washington state child support agency I'm my child

I'm trying to find the process to obtain a copy of the court order that was given to garnish my social security for child support arrears.

What forms do I need.

I'm retired and on social security how do I and what forms do I need to file to stop the garnishment of my... View More

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answered on May 27, 2024

To obtain a copy of the court order issued by the Washington State Child Support Agency, you should contact the Washington State Division of Child Support (DCS). You can request the court order and your complete financial history from them. It's best to do this in writing, providing your case... View More

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Q: If I can’t pay child support due to financial hardship and have a big debt from unpaid support, what forms do I submit?

What legal documents need to be filed in court?

If I show proof of income and my health status as evidence of not being able to work , can I get out of the high amount of unpaid child support ? Can it be adjusted for past due owed ?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Social Security for Washington on
Q: Hello, I'm a 62 on social security and being garnished $600 out of $1001for child support arrears need stopped

My ex is remarried my girls are grown 33 and 31 and the youngest is married I can't live in $400 per month it's my only income this case is out of Washington State child support Pierce county is there someone that anyone can recommend to look at my case that does probono I have paperwork... View More

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answered on May 17, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about the difficult situation you're in with the child support arrears and garnishment leaving you with very little to live on each month. It sounds extremely stressful and frustrating, especially since your children are now adults.

Here are a few suggestions...
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Q: When filing out contempt form regarding a current court order who is the respondent and who is the petitioner

This is regarding a current court order on a parenting plan, I need to file a contempt of the order and am curious if the petitioner and the respondent stay the same as the original order if it changes based on who files.

0 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Washington on
Q: If a person is pro se on documents but using a legal technician being in another state who do I send an extension reques

If a person is listed as pro se on documents but is using a legal technician because they no longer live in the state where the case is being held who would I send a request for an extension for interrogatories?

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Q: HOW LONG DO RESTRAINING ORDERS STAY ON YOUR RECORD IN WASHINGTON STATE ?

WHAT TO DO If you are no longer subject to a restraining order but still find it listed in public records and would like to seal it from the public eye?

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Q: Washington state- how and when to request for different arbitrator omission of evidence, bias, math & procedural errors.

Currently in court ordered child support Arbitration, arb hearing was in Dec 2023-still no decision. Arb is blatantly showing bias, stating she’s not willing to accept CPA’s formal written statements, going above her scope, purposely misunderstanding all evidence- after i have submitted more... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Elder Law for Washington on
Q: will a court appointed guardian/conservator work with the family? What are the rights of the family?

My aunt filed for a court appointed guardianship/conservatorship of my father (he lives in a different state then me and we have had limited contact until recently). What rights/responsibilities does the family still have once this goes through?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: Attorney and social worker are keeping all positive I do from judge for CPS case(safetyplan, visit note..) what to do?

Social worker & my attorney have lied to me. For three years I ask for all documents to CPS case (discovery, visit notes, everything) they kept all from me for three years with me asking over over so I can defend my self and know what's going on. My lawyer gave me a USB drive in them mail... View More

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answered on Apr 12, 2024

I'm so sorry you're going through this difficult and frustrating situation with CPS, your attorney, and the social worker. It sounds like a very challenging and unfair process. Here are a few suggestions on potential steps you could take:

1. Document everything - Keep detailed...
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Q: When serving a notice of revocation of Power of Attorney for Finances is it necessary to have it notarized??

It is my sister and niece.

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answered on Mar 5, 2024

In most cases, a notice of revocation of Power of Attorney for Finances does not need to be notarized. However, it is generally a good idea to have the revocation notarized to add an extra layer of authenticity and to avoid potential challenges to the validity of the revocation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Washington on
Q: Non-custodial parent will not pay court ordered child support. She has been held in contepmt twice. What else can i do?
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answered on Feb 15, 2024

In Washington, if the non-custodial parent has been held in contempt of court twice for not paying court-ordered child support and continues to not comply, you have several options. You can request the court to enforce the child support order through additional measures such as wage garnishment,... View More

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Q: I’m in the process of filing for divorce in Snohomish County, nothing is final yet. I have to move back to Minnesota

We have a minor child and it was agreed that I would have custody. But now my ex is saying she doesn’t want me to just up and leave. She is now stationed in San Diego, Ca. Are we legally required to stay here in Washington?

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answered on Feb 7, 2024

In Washington, if you are in the process of divorce and plan to move with a minor child, especially out of state, it's essential to consider both the legal implications and the custody arrangements agreed upon or ordered by the court. Since nothing is final yet, and given your ex's... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Civil Rights, Military Law and Family Law for Washington on
Q: I have gone through 2 referral services and researched on my own. I've tried to contact about 6 attorneys & got 0 help.

I live in WA state. I just want a Divorce/Legal Separation attorney. Why is it so hard to do? Does anyone know who I can contact? Near Snohomish county?? Is there a reason I am brushed off?

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answered on Jan 22, 2024

Finding an attorney can sometimes be challenging, especially in high-demand areas like family law. If you've had difficulty securing a lawyer through referral services, consider reaching out to your local bar association in Snohomish County or the Washington State Bar Association. They often... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Washington on
Q: If someone serves papers to your grandma that are for you, have you been served?

You’re in a custody battle and a person serves your grandma your custody paperwork but you’re not there, does that still count as being served?

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answered on Dec 31, 2023

In Washington State, the rules for serving legal papers can vary depending on the specifics of the case and the type of documents being served. Generally, for service to be considered valid, it must be made directly to the person named in the documents or to someone who is legally authorized to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Washington on
Q: Single mother trying to get sole custody

I’m a single mother to a 4 year old boy, I’ve been his primary caregiver since he was born, I take care of everything, his dad does pay child support but has subsistence abuse issues. He has 2 DUIs and has jail time coming up, his mom also has substance abuse issues and I’m concerned for the... View More

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answered on Dec 27, 2023

In Washington, as a single mother seeking sole custody, you have valid concerns about the safety of your 4-year-old son due to the father's substance abuse issues, two DUIs, and upcoming jail time, along with the grandmother's similar issues. To strengthen your case for sole custody,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Washington on
Q: In WA State does a beneficiary have the legal right to a copy of the will of the deceased person they’re named in?
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answered on Nov 21, 2023

If the will is filed for Probate, then get a copy at the Probate Court. If the will is not filed for Probate then it has no effect.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Washington on
Q: My ex just got remarried. Now she thinks she can get full custody of our daughter and have a family. Is that true?
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answered on Nov 13, 2023

In Washington state, your ex's remarriage alone is not typically a sufficient reason to alter custody arrangements. Child custody decisions are based on the best interests of the child, not the marital status of the parents. If there is an existing custody agreement or court order, it remains... View More

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Q: If I am 17 and I live with my sister, and neither of my parents have a permanent residence, can I choose where I live?
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answered on Nov 12, 2023

In Washington State, if you are 17 and living with your sister because neither of your parents have a permanent residence, your ability to choose where you live may depend on several factors. Generally, until you turn 18, your parents or legal guardians have the authority to decide where you live.... View More

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