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Tag Archives: child custody

How Can a Parent’s Mental Illness Affect Child Custody and Support?

The best interest of the child is the standard that guides a court in deciding a custody case, and a parent’s ability to provide a safe and nurturing environment factors heavily into the evaluation. As such, the court will consider whether a parent has a mental illness that affects their ability to care for the […]

How Will a Child’s Preferences Be Weighed in Child Custody Determinations?

In a Washington divorce, custody and visitation arrangements are incorporated into a parenting plan, defining how each parent will be involved in the child’s rearing and where the child primarily will live. When the spouses are unable to agree on key aspects of a parenting plan, it may fall upon the court to intervene and […]

Legal Requirements for Washington Parents Who Relocate with Children

If you are a parent in Washington State with custody of a child and wish to relocate with that child, you must give notice to anyone else — usually the other parent — who has joint custody, equal parenting time or visitation rights under an existing court order. The legal requirements for giving notice are […]

What Is the Role of a Parenting Evaluator in a Washington Divorce?

Divorce can be very difficult, especially when there are children involved. If there is a dispute over custody, the court has a duty to ensure that the child is placed in a safe environment with a qualified parent. In these situations, a parenting evaluator plays an important role. This court-appointed official is charged with determining […]

Parenting Time Following a Same-Sex Divorce in Washington

Since December 2012, Washington has recognized same-sex marriages, whether entered here or in other states. The effect of the law was to give gay and lesbian couples the same rights as all married parties, including those enforced and protected in a divorce. However, a major exception concerned custody and visitation — known as parenting time […]

Basics of Parenting Plans in Washington Custody Cases

Washington has replaced the terms “custody” and “visitation” with a single concept: parenting time. When divorcing spouses have children between them, there must be a parenting plan in place, defining with whom the children will live and how each parent will share in their rearing. The plan must cover the full range of parental involvement, […]