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My ex is behind on child support: What are my options?

When your ex fails to pay the full amount of child support due, it's important to report the issue to the court as soon as possible. You can also turn to your local district attorney's office for help with enforcing your child support orders.

The Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 empowers district attorneys to assist parents who are owed child support. The district attorney will serve the delinquent parent with legal papers to arrange a payment plan.

Custody and unmarried parents: Your rights

When two people are not married at the time of a child's birth, only the mother is legally recognized. A father must sign a birth certificate and acknowledge being the parent of the child before he obtains rights.

Once a father establishes his legal right to have responsibility for a child, he may seek custody. Until a court states otherwise, a mother of a child obtains and retains sole physical custody of her child until the father takes action to obtain custody. It is nearly impossible for an unwed father to obtain custody of his child if the child's mother is a fit parent, but he can still seek fair custody rights.

Advice for child custody modifications

If you have a change in circumstances that makes your current child visitation schedule difficult or impossible, you might need to request a child custody modification. In the best of circumstances the other parent will agree to whatever modifications you require. In the worst of circumstances, you may need to go to court.

To receive a court-ordered child custody modification, you'll need to submit a petition to change your current court orders. You'll then go to a hearing before a judge, who will decide whether to grant your petition or not.

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Child custody: What is reasonable visitation?

Imagine you're the noncustodial parent of a child, meaning that your child lives with the other parent full time and you want to receive visitation rights. After going through all the court procedures necessary to seek visitation rights, the judge awards you "reasonable visitation."

What does reasonable visitation mean, and how much time will you get to spend with your child?

Tips to make co-parenting easy

If you have children and you are thinking of divorce, you may be wondering how they will cope with a shared custody situation. Part of helping your kids deal with shared custody is creating and maintaining a strong co-parenting plan. Fortunately, there are various resources available to help you stay organized. For instance, there are online programs that you and your soon-to-be ex-husband can access to use for scheduling visitations, after-school activities and various other events.

In addition to cloud-based applications, there are few other tips that can help you co-parent successfully. The following list contains valuable information as you navigate the challenge of a shared custody arrangement.

Could a Limited Licensed Legal Technician help with your divorce?

Many divorces or child custody cases end up becoming protracted and expensive legal battles. For some people, this can make the prospect of divorce even more frightening. After all, the chances of a fair outcome decrease if your ex can afford an attorney but you cannot. Going through a divorce or custody dispute without legal advice and counsel could lead to an unfavorable outcome.

Thankfully, Washington courts have systems in place to help support those who can't afford traditional attorney services and fees. After finding that a large percentage of people try to go through the courts without critical legal advice because of financial concerns, the Washington Supreme Court took steps to address this issue. If you believe a divorce or custody battle is imminent, but you can't pay for an attorney, there is another option available to you.

What are the 4 types of separation in a marriage?

When a married couple is "separated" it essentially means that they're still married, but are living apart. That said, there are different types of separation, and this results in a lot of confusion.

The four primary categories of separation for married couples are: (1) trial separation, (2) living apart, (3) permanent separation, and (4) legal separation. Let's take a look at each of these terms in a little more detail.

Avoid problems related to traveling with your kids post divorce

The more details you pin down in your divorce agreement and child custody plan, the less likely you'll be to experience confusion or disagreement in the future.

One way of creating more clarity in your child custody agreements and parenting plans is through the use of parenting provisions. These are statements that you and your ex-spouse agree to regarding various aspects of your child custody agreement. That said, you definitely want to make sure that your parenting provisions are a good balance of clarity and flexibility.

What is a virtual visitation plan?

You know divorce is going to get complicated. You want to stay involved with the kids, but you work a lot. So does your spouse. You both travel. You have demands on your time.

Some of these issues are the same reasons you decided to get divorced in the first place. You both felt it was better to split up. Now you know that, no matter how the time with the kids gets divided, you won't see them as much as you want to. It's just a reality of the life you live.


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