In family law court, a bad thing is that there is a lot of perjury. Many parents want to "win" so badly that they lie under oath to try to achieve it. A good thing is that such a lie might be the first, second, or third time that parent has told a lie to a judge or commissioner, but it is the 1000th time that the judicial officer has heard a similar lie. And so it is harder to get away with lying than the dishonest person thinks.
However, "truth" does not exist in court, only "evidence" exists in court. Your facts for your argument -- indeed, your "life," as it applies to your case -- is boiled down into a thin file of written documents that will be the basis for decision. Remember, your "life," as the judge sees it, is just the file. And so preparing your facts is what is important, and what you want are the facts to show your parenting history, your bond with your children, and your financial situation.
"Bashing" the other parent is largely useless, short of the other parent being a child-abusing heroin addict. (And it hurts you to falsely allege such a thing.) Instead, you must present carefully supported facts that show that you have spent your life serving the best interests of your children, and that you will continue to do so.
Attorney Mason is very experienced in helping you present what actually matters to the court decisions. Do not get misled by animosity or attorneys who inflame it. Keep your focus on the best interests of the children. Call Spokane family lawyer Craig Mason for a consultation today at (509) 443-3681.
law of relocation is evolving in Washington State. For over two decades,
the law has assumed that once a parenting plan has originally determined
“primary placement” (“custody”), then that parent with primary placement may move
with the children unless the other parent can “rebut” the presumption in favor
of relocation after a trial on ten statutory factors involving the
relationships, education, and well-being of the child.
parenting plan is determined by the best interests of the child, but a
relocation trial must raise the concerns about the move to a higher standard to
“rebut” that presumption that the parent with the most time with the child
(primary parent) may move with the child.
these days may parents have a 50/50 parenting plan, and so most trial courts
had a “relocation trial” on the 10 factors, without a presumption. But,
a recent court of appeals case said that as neither parent has the presumption
in a 50/50 plan, the relocation trial must follow the rules of a normal
modification (which requires a threshold finding of “adequate cause” before a
modification can proceed). This change is working its way through the
other words, relocations have always been legally technical, but now, more than
ever, you will want Attorney Craig Mason to lead you through this evolving
legal thicket, whether you are seeking to relocate, or seeking to stop a
relocation of your children.
Eastern Washington, Craig Mason is a well-known divorce attorney who will guide
you through the process of objecting to relocation. This has an impact on
the rest of your life and your kids. Call Attorney Craig Mason today at (509)
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Even if you have had a custody arrangement that has worked for years, it is possible that the parent with primary placement has a job opportunity, or a re-marriage opportunity, that is just too good to pass up.
If you are going to move with the child, you must provide a Notice of Relocation to the other parent, and if you learn that the other parent is going to move, and you oppose the move, you must file and Objection to Relocation.
Washington courts presume that they will allow the parent with the child the majority of the time (“primary placement”) to move with the child, unless the relocation can be “rebutted” by showing harm to the child from the move. Any objection must “rebut” the presumption that the parent can move on the basis of statutory factors that address the harm to the child from removing the child from an established environment and from established relationships.
Such a life-altering step for you and your minor child needs careful thought and superb representation. There are many and varied statutory factors that the court must consider before making such a ruling. For many years, Craig has been representing parents in litigating the factors to allow, or to prevent, a relocation of the children. Go into court with veteran Spokane child relocation attorney Craig Mason. Call him today at (509) 443-3681.