Wednesday, August 24, 2016

SPOKANE PIG OUT - Labor Day Weekend 2016

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37th Annual Pig Out in the Park 

Riverfront Park, Spokane, WA 
August 31 thru September 5, 2016 
Open Daily 11 am to 10 pm 

Free Admission!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Fighting a Restraining Order.

It may come out of the blue.  Suddenly you are served with a Civil Restraining Order under the dissolution of marriage in the State of Washington, or you are served with a Domestic Violence Restraining Order.  The opposing party can get an “ex parte” order (without advance notice to you) that is valid for up to two weeks until the hearing on the merits.

If the allegations against you are “hot” enough, the court will “play it safe” and issue the order giving the other party the home and the children until the hearing.

Obviously, these orders exist in the law to appropriately keep the peace or to prevent domestic violence.  However, an unethical attorney or pro se party will start a divorce with “hot” false allegations so that they can grab the children and the home, and put you off balance heading into the initial hearing in the case that sets temporary orders between the beginning of the divorce and its termination by trial or settlement.

When you need tireless, aggressive representation, rely on the decades of experience of Spokane Attorney Craig Mason.  Attorney Mason is an experienced and successful Spokane area restraining order defense attorney.  Should this devastating event of being handed an ex parte restraining order happen to you, call Craig Mason to set up a consultation right away at (509) 443-3681.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Protecting the Children During a Divorce.

In a divorce, unfortunately, the parents can quarrel over the children, and sometimes a party who was not involved with the children during the marriage falsely claims to have been the “primary parent” as a tactic in litigation. 

The statutes look to who has performed “parenting functions” during the marriage. To determine the “primary parent,” the court will look to: (a) who maintained consistent, loving and stable relationships with the children, focused on nurturing them; (b) who attended to the daily needs of the children, from feeding and supervising the children, to taking them to the doctor and daycare, to things like helping them brush their teeth each night; (c) who showed concern for the proper education of the child; (d) who helped the children learn to socially interact in age-appropriate ways; (e) who showed consistent concern for the children’s welfare; and (f) who undertook the labor to support the child.

Remember, the only facts before the court are the facts you (and your attorney) bring to the court.  You will want to gather sworn statements from witnesses who have seen you perform these parenting functions.

If it is time for you to seek assistance in marshaling these facts, contact Spokane Attorney, Craig A. Mason, at 509-443-3681, W. 1707 Broadway, Spokane, WA.