Children welfare is something that we all should take very seriously. In some, very serious and thankfully rare, situations you might find that someone isn’t living up to these ideals, and you want to file for non-parental custody of the child in question. This can often result in complicated and convoluted legal engagements, given what’s at stake. We understand what’s truly at stake in any such case, and that’s why we can provide you with necessary legal team and professional advice to get the outcome that’s not only necessary for you but the child, or children, in question too.
Another family law related matter that we can help you deal with is non-parental custody. We provide the attorneys that you require in such a legal case, so that you can be sure that the child’s best interests, and welfare, are placed above everything else. The other party is required to meet a range of obligations legally, in order to ensure the best possible environment for the child in question. This is where understanding not only your own obligations, but that of the other party is important, which is something that our expert family law team is trained to do effectively.
How Can I Get Non-Parental Custody?
Under the current laws in Washington State there are two ways that you can get custody of a child that you are not the parent of. The first is temporary parental consent agreement, that provides you with temporary custody of a child. This, however, is only a temporary solution, and if, for whatever reason, you decide that you need to take custody of a child that isn’t yours, than you need to take the second option and file a non-parent custody petition in court.
What Do I Need to Prove?
Washington state law pertaining to non-parental custody outlines two possible circumstances where non-parental custody can be awarded. The first, is if the parent could be considered unfit. This can cover a range of things, such as an abusive parent for example. The second situation is that even with a fit parent, that the child still isn’t being provided with a suitable environment. This is a little more difficult to prove, and often alone is not enough. You would need to prove, beyond the doubt of the court, that the child’s welfare is at risk in either scenario.
Easy to Understand
As with any legal situation, or when it’s necessary to get the law involved, legal jargon and hard to understand language can make things more difficult than they need to be. Washington state has reasonably extensive laws when it comes to non-parental custody, and, in order to get the result you want, you need to understand your own legal obligations, and that of the other party. This can be tough if you don’t truly understand the laws you are dealing with. That’s why we ensure that everything is explained clearly, so you have all the relevant information.