Guardianship Attorney in Spokane
Guardianship is a fundamental step toward the safety and security of a child. When it comes to a young one’s well-being, Skyview Law knows how important it is that they receive the fundamental care they need. We offer a number of legal services for legal guardianship as well as help you set up the appropriate steps required. Depending on your circumstances, we can also advise you on the appropriate actions you may need to take. Skyview Law believes guardians should always strive to protect the rights of the person they are supporting, and in the same way, we will protect and support you.
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The attorneys at Skyview Law will help you through the guardianship process, which means providing advice on all legal steps including filing paperwork, court appearances, and more. We will help you draft necessary documents and petitions, find and gather evidence, and best represent your case to the courts.
Our family lawyers evaluate your situation and always provide the best advice regarding key legal strategies. We will help you understand the situation which includes understanding your full rights and responsibilities as the legal guardian of a child.
Every experienced Skyview Law attorney works hard to ensure their client receives the best outcome possible. We believe in timely communication, detailed updates, and exhaustive research, ensuring the law is in your favor. We handle all appropriate paperwork and follow up with the courts so that your case is closed correctly and you’re never left in the dark.
We aim for a stress-free process that focuses on protecting you and your family. Seeking or protecting legal guardianship can be a tender time, and our family law attorneys stress empathy and clarity at all times.
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How Skyview Law Can Help You
Skyview Law handles family law in Spokane and offers expertise relevant to your family’s situation. Skyview Law helps clients prepare and understand paperwork, provides support in the courtroom, and navigate challenging legal scenarios. Having competent legal aid can also increase the chance of positive outcomes in your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
Child support attorneys specialize in structuring child support payments, clarifying child support orders, determining the terms of child support, implementing and enforcing custody agreements, and organizing visitation periods. Child support lawyers negotiate for their client and offer support.
On average, a child support attorney charges between $250 and $500 per hour. In uncontested cases, total costs will be somewhere between $2,500 and $5,000, but contested cases can be much more expensive, sometimes totaling $25,000 or more.
In Washington State, child support is calculated via the combined total income of both parents. The total amount is divided between both parents based on their individual contributions to the combined total income. This is calculated as a percentage, determined by the courts on which parents (or both) have to pay.
In Washington State, you can file a motion with the court to adjust your child support order. You can file these petitions online, using several options such as the personal interview program or Washington Forms Online. When you complete the child support and financial info, you can finalize any modification to your child support order pending the input of the courts.
If you are a stepparent, you are legally obligated in Washington State to help support any stepchildren living in your household, including financially. This obligation typically ends when the parents divorce, as child support payments are the sole responsibility of the biological parents. There are always exceptions, such as if you’ve adopted the children, which would require you to continue making child support payments.
Many stepparents continue their relationships with their stepchildren even after a divorce, regardless of a legal agreement, because of the emotional caring bonds they have fostered over the years. It’s normal for a stepparent and stepchild to spend more time with each other after divorce or even extend their emotional bond. Even if a stepparent is no longer legally required to pay child support, there might be lingering familial emotions between the parent and child.
All child support orders in Washington state are legal obligations enforced by the court. Any parent with outstanding child support debt or obligations can be held within contempt of court, fined, or face jail time. Their driver’s license could be revoked, as well as other professional licenses. States can report missed or late payments via consumer reporting agencies, and missing child support payments might make future payments more expensive.
Any parent with trouble making payments can go back to court and seek a modification of their child support order. Only a judge can agree to the modification and change the amount owed. There is also a court fees payment to consider, and the entire process is made easier by consulting with a knowledgeable family law attorney.
When child support payments are late, typically the easiest method to recover them is to speak with the other parent and reach an amicable solution. Depending on your situation it might not be possible to contact the other parent, and the DCS is required to provide free child support enforcement in Washington State. There is a grace period for late payments, but after that period has ended the DCS will attempt to collect the child support through wage garnishment or other means. Wage garnishment is court-ordered debt collection, meaning they will take money directly from the non-custodial parent’s paychecks to satisfy the amount owed. DCS can also seek restitution via tax refund interception, property liens, contempt of court, revoking licenses, and more.
The length of time to get child support is based on several factors. Child support payments might come through within the first month of the DCS taking action, but the process can be lengthened if there is no child support order, if there are no assets, if the parent doesn’t have the money, or if the parent lives in another state.
When you win a child support case, this does not always mean you will receive the payments immediately. This also depends on a number of factors that must be resolved with the non-custodial parent.
Children can express their desire to live with a parent at any age, but there are legal considerations depending on their age.
Before The Child Is 18
A child can express their desire for where they wish to live during the custody proceedings, but that doesn’t mean the judge will follow through with the child’s wishes (depending on a number of factors). The older the child, the more the judge might consider what they want. Washington statutes governing custody law say that there is no established age before the age of 18 where a child can make their own unilateral decision about which parent to live with.
In most cases, the judge will provide a social worker or guardian to work with the child and discover the child’s preferences and which parent is best for them. This allows the child to avoid testifying in front of both parents and gives the courts a general idea about the relationship with each parent and the living situations as a whole. This report gathers up information such as emotional and mental health, financial stability, housing, school location, environment, and more to decide which residence is appropriate for the child and their upbringing.
After Age 18
When the child turns 18, they are no longer legally a child and can choose whomever they wish to live with. At the point of adulthood, they can legally choose where they live. Also, if the child is emancipated before the age of 18, they can choose their home. This scenario is uncommon and comes with a number of factors.
Before the child turns 18, both the state and the court do not believe that minors can make fully informed decisions as to where they wish to reside. The age of the majority is the only age where they can properly make that decision, but the courts and the judge will consider all factors present when it comes to the child’s wishes.
About Skyview Law
Families choose the Guardianship Lawyer at Skyview Law every day because of our exceptional customer service, convenient location closeby, and more than ten years of experience serving our local community. If you’re looking for a team that provides you with the attention you need, give us a call.