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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
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: Nephew is 18 & in HS, been living w/me for 6 mos. His Dad won't give up being the custodial. How do I become custodial?

Yes he is 18 but he is still in high school & his dad claims he is the custodial until my nephew graduates.

Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Apr 11, 2019

You don't. Your nephew is an adult.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Washington on
Q: My Bfs ex wife filed for a review of child support for their 14 yr old son. We are expecting a child in 10 weeks.

She has remarried and together they make 100k a year. He has faithfully paid. Shes harassing us and this is now an issue because she foumd out about the new baby. We have documents and text from her that confirms this. What do you think will end up happening? Will it be increased with another child... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 24, 2019

If she's filing for a modification of child custody and support, the dad can file responsive pleadings which would address his perspectives and financial status. The court makes a decision based on the facts and law, including the financial ability of both parties to financially support the child.... Read more »

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Q: Mom makes more money than dad, she does not want to disclose financials. Can they negotiate legal child support

Mother is custodian, father wants visitation. Working on legal parenting plan. A lot of friction

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 24, 2019

As part of a child custody process in court, both parties need to disclose their financial information in court filings. See: https://www.courts.wa.gov/forms/?fa=forms.contribute&formID=13. You might be able to negotiate a resolution to expedite the court proceedings as well. More details are... Read more »

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Q: What documents will i need to take to the court house to start the divorce process

Hello, I am trying to file for a divorce in Washington state, I am trying to do this on my own, i was wondering what documents I would need. I have the summons, Petition for Divorce and Agreement to Join Petition (Joinder) documents that my ex signed already. I am trying to expiate the beginning... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 10, 2019

Have you researched the process at your local law library and online via the WA state court's website? Those are great places to start when representing yourself in a divorce and seeking forms and guidance. Have you considered limited scope representation as a more affordable way to hire a lawyer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: How do I get power of attorney back after signing it to my mom
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 10, 2019

Have a lawyer review the Power of Attorney document you signed to determine how to properly rescind that POA. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Washington on
Q: My girlfriend is having issues with her ex to pay his half stated in the parenting plan of child care.

Her ex when she let's him know he's suppose to pay half of child care tells her to take him to court what are he options since she can't afford an attorney and the parenting plan is 5 yrs old and his montly payment is $500 for three children. How should she go about taking care of this to ensure he... Read more »

Andrekita Silva
Andrekita Silva answered on Apr 2, 2018

She can contact DCS (Division of Child Support) and ask that they collect for her. Although all past due child support bears interest, they will not collect that for her. It can take DCS a long time but they will do this for her at no charge.

If EX has a job, she should consider hiring a...
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Q: Did my obligation to pay for the kids health insurance end when their child support ended?

My twins turned 18 in Aug 2017 and their child support ended. Postsecondary educational support began 9/1/17 with a separate Order that says nothing about paying for health insurance. I recently lost my job and my health insurance ended along with it. The kids were covered under that plan. Now... Read more »

Andrekita Silva
Andrekita Silva answered on Apr 2, 2018

If you have a new order that pertains to college support, the terms/ provisions in the new order supercede the terms of an earlier order of child support . Your obligation to contribute is whatever your new order says it is.

If your prior order or other written agreement states that your...
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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
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
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
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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Q: My son lives in Washington St & has a hearing that is scheduled in 10 days that he just found out. Can he call in ?

to the hearing. He filed the petition to Modify Child Support. He can't leave his job or his daughter, whom is has primary custody of now on short notice.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on May 4, 2017

He can of the judge approves it. He should file a motion, ASAP, to appear by phone.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Washington on
Q: What is the best way to approach the fact that my Husband is not disclosing his actual income? Do I bring it up?

For 10 years he has said he didnt have his taxes filed, he produced fake paystubs with bank statements for different periods. He has never complied with LFLR 10. This is a post secondary support that is now a full modification and they are saying it hasnt been 2 years HELP!!! There reallly is a... Read more »

Matthew M Montoya
Matthew M Montoya answered on Feb 6, 2017

Contact a tax attorney immediately. If you are a low income taxpayer, you can go to a low income taxpayer clinic in your state.

This is very serious and shouldn't be handled by yourself.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Washington on
Q: Can my husband get custody if his ex wife did not set up child support?

My husband pays $600 a month to his ex wife but there is not child support set up or a parenting plan. In a recent visit his oldest son said that my husbands ex uses the child support money to fund her restaurant and not on the kids. Would that count as parental neglect? His daughter (age 5) did... Read more »

Marjorie Simmons
Marjorie Simmons answered on Jul 6, 2016

Does your husband have a copy of his dissolution decree? Child support obligations are normally addressed in the decree and its attachments. Child support is reasonably used only for supporting children, from socks and other garments to housing and food. A pattern of expenditure showing otherwise... Read more »

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Q: Will my income be included in my live in boyfriend's child support calculation?

I'm looking for info on child support. My live in boyfriend is an attorney, he is no longer practicing law and has no intentions of doing so. He is fully employed, though making less than he did as an attorney, two years ago. He is looking to have his child support updated to reflect his current... Read more »

Cheryl L Van Ackeren
Cheryl L Van Ackeren answered on May 17, 2014

No, your income should not be included in his child support.

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Q: Can my mom tell child support enforcement that she does not want child support from me?

My mom has my daughter and has never received any money from child support. I owe for back support so it is affecting my taxes and income.

Cheryl L Van Ackeren
Cheryl L Van Ackeren answered on May 17, 2014

You can request that they waive the arrears child support as long as the amount owed is due to your mother and not the state. If the amount is due to the state, then you can request the state waive the arrears. I recommend you speak with a lawyer to help you make the request.

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