Friday, May 14, 2021

Non-Parental Actions are No More in Washington.

The legislature has just repealed the non-parental custody statute (RCW 26.10) and has moved similar actions under the Guardianship Statute (RCW 11.130).

If you are concerned about the well-being of a child, the facts you must provide to the court to become the guardian of the child are similar to those necessary under the old statute.

The legal standard is that no parent of the minor is willing or able to exercise parenting functions.  Parenting functions are defined as the ability and willingness to feed, clothe, care for, educate and protect the child.

The new statute also has complicated how and when the state must provide an attorney to the child or to parents who might lose their children. 

Here at Mason Law, Craig Mason has seen cases through many changes in statutes and case law over the years, and he can help you negotiate these new legal standards.  Call Mason Law, Spokane, WA, at 509.443.3681 if you need help becoming the guardian of a child.