Domestic Violence Protection (DVP) orders under RCW 26.50
serve an important part in protecting a spouse, or even a former romantic
partner from misbehavior of the other party, from violence and threats of
violence. Beware because they are also misused for the purpose of gaining a
strategic advantage in a divorce, especially in regards to children.This is unfortunate, because then genuine
threats can be dismissed as merely litigation strategy.There are “false negatives” and “false
positives” all too often when our over-burdened courts make the wrong call.
These DVP orders usually are first issued “ex parte.”That means without notice to the other person
until he or she is served with the proper papers.Normally a hearing will be set within 14 days
from the ex parte order being granted by the court, so that the restrained
person has an opportunity to present his or her side of the story.
If these orders are violated, the penalties are severe.They range from a gross misdemeanor to a
class C felony. Even if you are
completely innocent of the alleged domestic violence, you must obey the order
unless it is changed in the full hearing.To prepare for that hearing, as the person bringing the petition, or as
the person defending against a petition, you need strong legal representation
to prepare your facts for the court.
Craig Mason and his team at Mason Law in Spokane,
Washington, will be able to help you fully prepare for court, so that your
story is heard. Call Mason Law for a consultation at (509) 443-3681 today.
If your family has been disrupted by divorce, or a break-up
between any pair of parents, in 2019, the underage children get caught in the
middle. Washington State courts will probably give you substantial time with
your children if you do not have behavioral, criminal, or drug problems.So, hire a capable family attorney if your
former significant other says: “I will take the kids from you.”
Legally speaking, it is in the best interests of the kids to
be raised by both parents on terms that most match what went on before the
break up, and that is what the court is required, by statute, to arrange.Some attorneys will promise your angry
ex-spouse that they can get "sole custody," and keep you from your
children.They may even try to convince
the court that your presence is harmful to the children!
If your break-up or divorce takes this unfortunate turn,
Spokane family lawyer, Craig Mason, routinely fights back against such
outlandish, and damaging, attempts to keep you from your children.He has years of experience in helping people
just like you prepare and present the real facts, and in developing the
relevant witness statements, to defeat such attempts to deprive you of
participating in the lives of your children.Call Spokane Family lawyer Craig Mason at (509) 443-3681.
The Christmas season offers plenty of opportunities to spend
quality time with friends and family, and in Spokane, Washington, there are
many places to get you in the holiday spirit. From special holiday displays and
light shows to festive plays, performances, and gift bazaars, Spokane is a
wonderful place to celebrate the season.
Here at Mason Law we hope that those of you in Eastern
Washington and throughout our area have a wonderful, safe, and healthy holiday
season.We have been here helping
Washingtonians for with legal issues of all types for decades ranging from
civil litigation, to personal injury, to family matters.
While we trust you will not need us in 2020, rest assured
that our family will be here to serve yours in the year to come.When you get a minute, visit our website at
best to you and yours from all of us here in Spokane at Mason Law.
Roughly 90 percent of family law cases settle short of
trial.There might be a large battle
over initial orders – temporary orders put in place right after the divorce is
filed – but then people calm down and realize what the courts are likely to do
at trial.Then, within the range of
likely trial outcomes, the parties decide to save all the emotional and
financial expense of trial and work out an agreement that is the basis of the
“final orders” in your divorce.
In drafting the settlement agreement, you should have
competent legal advice to make sure that you know your rights, so that you can
fully understand the range of likely trial outcomes.Also, an attorney can draft your agreement
and final orders so that they have the legal effect you intend.
A settlement agreement is an enforceable contract.Do not wait to get an attorney until after
you have signed a settlement contract, which you now regret.
Mason Law in Spokane WA, can help you fully understand your
rights, and protect your benefits of the bargain in drafting the agreement and
final orders.If you are about to begin
negotiations to resolve a divorce call Mason Law today at (909) 443-3681.
The Spokane VA Medical Center is pleased to join the leadership and
members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 51 for the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Monday, November 11th beginning at 10:00am. Doors open at 9:00am.