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WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT RULES -
CONTEMPT OF COURT FOR VISITATION DENIAL/INTERFERENCE
Mother held in contempt and has to pay father's attorney fees. Any
of you having visitation problems (that's at least 3 out of 4 fathers)
should read this case,
In re Marriage of Rideout.
It is a lengthy opinion and describes in a lot of detail all the
steps the father had taken regarding his visitation. Do the same in
Recent WA appellate case expounds principle that all children of a
father from multiple relationships should be treated equally in claims
to his support. Courts should consolidate all support orders on father
when considering new or modifications of child support. Every father
who is supporting children in his own household as well as paying
child support to children from one or more other relationships should
read this decision. This spells relief for you guys. It will be
interesting to see if this decisions gets reviewed by the state
NEW RELOCATION LAW
Having read the new law regarding relocation of children I fail to
see where this law is of any benefit to fathers. I also fail to see
any truth to the claims that this bill does away with the Littlefield
and Pape decisions (actually, it mostly codifies these decisions). It
also expands the ease of the conditions and circumstances under which
the residential parent may move the children. For example: "There is a
rebuttable presumption that the intended relocation of the child will
be permitted." (Sec. 14). There are many other loopholes which are an
obvious boon to the family law lawyers and paralegals but of no good
to fathers. This law is nothing for anyone to brag about and I'm glad
DADS had nothing to do with it. Personally, I think the NOW gang is
having a good chuckle on this one.
The Supreme Court set the stage (9/28/99) for an important ruling
on grandparents' rights to see their grandchildren even when parents
object - a case that could affect laws in all 50 states.
The case involves Washington state, where the state's highest court
ruled that such a law violates parents' ``fundamental right'' to rear
their families without governmental interference. All other states
have similar laws. See Washington State ruling above.
parents: 2 generations, 2 views of rights
Greetings from Bob Karls. I have been active
in fathers rights since 1979. I have been the Washington State
representative for Dads Against Discrimination and DADS America (DADS)
since 1987. DADS has a full time office in Seattle. We hold monthly
meetings and do public access TV shows on fathers issues. Members can
receive low cost counseling in dealing with their custody, visitation,
child support, paternity and domestic violence problems. We have
attorney referrals for the Seattle area although the counseling
stresses pro se representation and guidance.
The State Supreme Court has recently adopted a new rule for
attorneys regarding the loss of their lawyer licenses for being behind
on child support. Didn't you know they eat their own.
For those of you in mandatory arbitration for support modifications
(i.e. Snohomish County), a new case has overturned the "mandatory"
part of the rule which required the court to award attorney fees and
costs if you appealed the arbitrator's award to a judge and failed to
improve on the arbitrator's award before the judge.
If you receive calls from fathers Washington State, or fathers
whose domestic relations cases are in Washington State, feel free to
pass the this information on how to contact us.
DADS Television Network
Wednesday, October 6, 2004
8:00 to 9:00 pm
Comcast Cable Channel 77
DADS TV SHOW - Sunday - Public Access Channel 29/77 - 6:00 - 6:30
All I need to know as to any candidate is his position on whether
to return the Cuban boy, Elian Gonzalez, to his father. I don't care
if the candidate is democrat, republican, reform, whatever, - if he is
against returning the boy to his father, I don't need to know any
more. He won't get my vote.
Considering that those who favor returning the boy to his father
are a clearly lopsided majority, you'd think the candidates would
point their differences out on this issue. The FATHERHOOD issue should
be raised at every opportunity and the positions of the candidates on
Elian Gonzalez should be widely publicized.
The most recent "moveaway" case was just published in the advance
sheets: In re Marriage of Pape, 139 Wn.2d 694 (Dec., 1999). If you are
a non-custodial father faced with a "moveaway" of your children by the
mother, you would be doing yourself a favor by reading the Pape
decision as well as the previous decision of In re Marriage of
Littlefield, 133 Wn.2d 39 (Aug. 1997). These are the two major cases
regarding the "parenting plan" laws and "moveaway" cases.
In Kitsap County (not Seattle, but West by 30 miles) covering
Bremerton, Silverdale, Port Orchard, and Bangor (the military base)
Ch# 12 at 9:00 p.m.
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