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What are some things I should consider regarding guardianship?

Family situations often change for Clark County, Washington, residents, and sometimes it becomes necessary for an adult to become a guardian for a minor child. It could be a niece, nephew, grandchild, younger sibling or other close relative. Guardianship is not something that should be taken lightly, as it comes with major responsibilities. Read on for some basic information on becoming a child's guardian.

As a guardian, you would play a major role in the daily care of the child, as you would have full child custody. You must provide shelter, clothing and food for the child, just as you would your own child. You must also provide medical care and arrange for education. All of this would come out of your own pocket, so you would have to have the time and money to properly care for the child.

Washington policeman on leave after domestic violence allegations

Washington residents typically call the police when their lives feel threatened. However, sometimes police officers are the ones committing crimes. This may be because they abuse their power or end up in conflicted relationships. Whatever the reason, police officers can be on the other side of the law, as witnessed in a recent domestic violence allegation involving a Washington state police officer.

The 25-year-old man faces domestic violence and burglary charges after allegedly kicking down the door of a home where his girlfriend was visiting. He then reportedly entered the home even after the woman who was at the door asked him to leave. The officer had a personal firearm in his possession at the time of the incident, according to investigators.

Reduce family law conflict with a parenting agreement

While some divorcing couples battle over custody of their children and how they should be raised, most Washington couples are able to keep conflict to a minimum thanks to amicable negotiation. The results of the negotiation are immortalized in what is known as a parenting agreement. This legal document contains a variety of elements related to how each parent should bring up the children, although the content may vary from couple to couple. Read on to learn more about this important family law tool and what it should include.

For the most part, parenting agreements should include issues related to custody and visitation. For example, where will the child live? Will both parents be involved in major decisions affecting the child's care? With whom will the child spend holidays and school vacations? How often will the noncustodial parent visit the child? These are some examples of what the agreement should contain.

How can I find my ex who owes thousands in child support?

When a Washington couple divorces or otherwise splits up, both parties have the legal responsibility to care for their children, if any. Typically, one parent will have custody of the child, while the other will be forced to pay child support. However, not all noncustodial parents dutifully pay child support. Many shirk their financial responsibility by refusing to work or leaving the state. So when the other parent has thousands of dollars in owed child support and can't be found, what happens next?

It's important to get the child support agency and local authorities involved so they can track down the deadbeat parent. Information such as previous employers, Social Security Number and the child's birth certificate are all helpful. In addition, providing authorities with information about the parent's friends and family members can help track him or her down more easily. The Federal Parent Locator Service also compiles information about parents and may have data that can help.

New movement supports shared child custody

Washington parents recently celebrated Father's Day, and to those who are divorced, the holiday has more meaning thanks to a new movement sweeping the nation. Traditionally, when parents divorce, the mother is awarded primary child custody. Fathers' roles are often downgraded to simply visiting. But that's starting to change, thanks in part to fathers who are demanding a greater role in child-raising. Courts and lawmakers are also beginning to understand the many advantages of shared parenting.

One recent study found that primary custody was awarded to the mother in approximately 83 percent of divorce cases. Fathers, on average, were allowed to see their children five times a month.

How pro se legal services can help lower the cost of divorce

A divorce can be messy, which is why many couples seek the services of lawyers. However, legal representation comes at a price. The average cost of a divorce in the United States is $15,000 - a costly endeavor for those who are unemployed or struggling to make ends meet. Fortunately, some law firms offer pro se legal services to help clients in Washington and other parts of the country affordably deal with a legal matter, but they're not for everyone.

There are some programs that offer free legal services for low-income households, but very few qualify. That's why many people are looking to pro se legal services. These services offer an a la carte approach for clients who may have a legal background. Clients represent themselves in court, but may call on a lawyer to assist with certain aspects, such as drafting documents or helping with evidence. The client chooses what services he needs assistance with and pays the lawyer accordingly.

DNA test and blood test: 2 common types of paternity testing

When a married Washington woman is pregnant, it is assumed that her partner is the father. However, when she cheats on her partner and becomes pregnant, there may be some dispute over which man is the real father. Nonetheless, it is important to determine who the father is, so that matters regarding child support and custody can be resolved. Fortunately, paternity testing is accurate enough to resolve these issues. Read on to learn more about DNA and blood tests.

DNA testing is the most accurate paternity test available. People receive their unique DNA from their mother and father. During a DNA test, the first step is comparing the child's DNA to the mother's. The test then compares DNA patterns between the child and alleged father. The DNA probes between the alleged father, mother and child must all match for the likelihood of paternity to be 99.9 percent. Moreover, DNA testing can be performed at any age.

WA Family Law: how to resolve parenting time interference?

Unfortunately, not all marriages end amicably. Following a divorce, many Washington couples have disputes over parenting children. Child support -- or a lack thereof -- can be a source of anger for some custodial parents. When parents cannot resolve these issues on their own, they may get the children involved. One parent may prohibit the child from visiting or communicating with the other parent. This is called parenting time interference, and it is illegal in some cases. Read on to learn more about this family law issue and how to resolve it.

During a divorce, the parents typically create parenting plans that outline how often the noncustodial parent will see the child. These plans may include visitation schedules and other custody arrangements. These schedules must be strictly followed. When either parent attempts to interfere with the arrangements, then it may be considered direct or indirect interference.

Ever think about divorce? It's common, say experts

As many Vancouver residents can attest, marriage is no piece of cake. Having to spend day in and day out with the same person for eternity can be trying at times, to say the least. Personalities clash, emotions get out of control and stress gets in the way of a happy relationship. Many married couples get into arguments with each other and think about solutions, such as divorce. Is this common, and what does this mean?

Experts say it's normal to think about divorce at some point, but it's not necessarily healthy for a relationship. If a person is so upset with a significant other that every minor conflict leads to thoughts about divorce, something is definitely wrong. Divorce is a major decision that should only be considered when all other methods to repair the marriage have failed. So if divorce is constantly on someone's mind, then it's time to take the appropriate steps to fix the marriage.

How we can help with different types of adoptions

Many Washington couples may prefer to experience parenthood as birth parents. However, infertility threatens many men and women who want to be parents. Many couples spend tens of thousands of dollars on fertility treatments. While they work sometimes, in many cases, the couple still ends up empty-handed in the end. After exhausting their time and energies, couples may move on to their next option: adoption. Adoption is similar in that it can also be a long process, but at the end it would be worth it, as the couple would have a child to call their own.

Adoption is an exciting process for families who have waited a long time for a new addition or who want to make a relationship with a child official. While the process can be difficult at times, it is ultimately rewarding. While most people who adopt are singles or couples who cannot have a child of their own, there are other types of adoption as well.

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