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My son is in the midst of a divorce. His wife says her lawyer

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My son is in the midst of a divorce. His wife says her lawyer has retained an injunction against him, stating his daughter is afraid of him and he has been telling her about the divorce proceedings, which are lies. He has not received any paperwork, though it appears to me he should have been served by now - it has been atleast 4 days. The divorce papers are due to be signed on Monday (tomorrow), but now he cannot attend the proceedings because of the injunction and must depend on his lawyer to speak for him. His lawyer seems somewhat intimidated by the opposing lawyer because he was her mentor when she was in law school. Is there anything that he can do to reverse this injunction? Isn't there supposed to be a court date for him to respond to the injunction? She is saying she will leave the state (Washington) as soon as the divorce decree is signed. Should he sign? Thank you for your help in this matter. Laura Note: His daughter is 8.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Attorney & Mediator replied 8 years ago.
Yes, if there was an injunction he would have been served and notified of a court hearing regarding the injunction. Although a temporary injunction can be issued without a court order, he would need to be served and given a court date for a formal hearing. Further, if they have agreed to issues regarding custody and visitation, those would then to be changed if there is an injunction in place.

As to relocation, unless both parents agree or the court approves, she cannot just pick up and move to another state as that impacts the father's rights to any share custody or visitation arrangements. Generally a parent wanting to move would need to petition the court for approval and would have to change the parenting arrangements or else they would be in contempt of court.

I would agree that he not sign anything without verifying the status of this injunction and relocation. He should carefully review his divorce papers or any settlement agreements he may have to make sure he is not agreeing to any relocation or request for injunctions in those papers.





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Customer: replied 8 years ago.

 

Thank you for your prompt reply! Would you double check to see if in the state of Washington he has to agree to her leaving the state? He has been told there is nothing he can do to stop her. Also, the parenting agreement between them has not been signed yet, so I take it that now would be the time to put in place anything concerning her move (if he agrees) like who pays airfare, whether his daughter would fly alone, etc.?

Expert:  Attorney & Mediator replied 8 years ago.
Thank you for your reply.

Yes, he should make sure specific terms regarding relocation and travel expenses, etc...

As to the statute you can access those below. In a nutshell, she needs to issue notice of relocation within 60 days before the proposed relocation to give the father 30 days or more to file objections and set the matter for court review.

Quoting Washington laws on relocation:

NOTICE REQUIREMENTS AND STANDARDS FOR PARENTAL RELOCATION
26.09.405Applicability.
26.09.410Definitions.
26.09.420Grant of authority.
26.09.430Notice requirement.
26.09.440Notice -- Contents and delivery.
26.09.450Notice -- Relocation within the same school district.
26.09.460Limitation of notices.
26.09.470Failure to give notice.
26.09.480Objection to relocation or proposed revised residential schedule.
26.09.490Required provision in residential orders.
26.09.500Failure to object.
26.09.510Temporary orders.
26.09.520Basis for determination.
26.09.530Factor not to be considered.
26.09.540Objections by nonparents.
26.09.550Sanctions.
26.09.560Priority for hearing.



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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you again, you have been very helpful!! Just one more quick question - Can he file an injunction to keep her from leaving the state since no notice of a planned relocation has been filed to his knowledge?
Expert:  Attorney & Mediator replied 8 years ago.
No an injunction is not used this way. If she leaves, he would need to file a motion for contempt for violating the state law and force her to return to answer for the violations and possible change in custody if she refuses to return.

His lawyer should be helping him with all of this. If she is not good, I would suggest he change lawyers.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you so much you have been very helpful.
Expert:  Attorney & Mediator replied 8 years ago.
My pleasure to have assisted you. All the best to your son.