If you live in the state of Washington, non-parental custody
may be sought if the parents of the children are unavailable (e.g., in jail) or
unfit (e.g., due to drug use).
So, what exactly is non-parental custody, or what is
sometimes called third-party custody?It
is a legal process by which you petition the court to have the children placed
in your care, by court order, where they remain until the parents come forward
to prove that they are again fit parents.
The parents may be granted visitation, supervised or simply
on limited time, while you are the custodian of the parents.Often, the parents will have to pay you child
support if you seek it. Of course, most troubled parents cannot pay child
support, and so the custodian of the children may not bother to seek it, but
that is a reasonable decision to make with the advice of counsel.
Non-parental petitions are a complex area of family law,
with may procedural hurdles, and pursuing non-parental custody requires the
services of an excellent Washington State family lawyer to sort it all out for
you.In Spokane that man is Craig Mason
representing Mason Law.Please give
Attorney Mason a call today to see how to navigate the issue of non-parental
custody by calling (509) 443-3681.
Sometimes a parent moves during the summer without thinking
of the law, and other times a parent may move, or seek to move, to deliberately
put distance between the children and the other parent. It is one of the
possible byproducts of divorce and shared-custody that one parent wants to move
with the children.It is also possible
that your children have moved to a new school district, or even out of state,
without your consent.
For many reasons, innocent or calculated, in our area, and
throughout the State of Washington, a new school year can bring about a
dramatic change that might require a legal response.
The presumption that a child can be moved just because he or
she is in the primary care of one of the parents can be rebutted by evidence
presented on a variety of different statutory factors that a Washington family
court must show it has considered.This
is very important information with which to be armed as to choose whether to
accept or oppose a relocation of your children.
Do not let your children be moved away from you if you do
not want to agree. Spokane divorce attorney Craig Mason has fought relocation
issues for committed parents for many, many years.He will fight for your child custody and
visitation rights.Please take a minute
today and make an appointment to visit with Craig and his staff at the office
located at West 1707 Broadway.Call