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Adoption Opportunities for Same Sex Couples in Washington

Joint adoption laws permit same-sex couples to adopt a child together. By doing this, both prospective parents become a child’s legal parents. According to the Family Equality Council, adoption non-discrimination laws protect LGBT parents from discrimination by adoption agencies. Currently, 35 states and D.C. allow LGBT parents to petition for joint adoption including Oregon, Washington, […]

Washington law on Parenting Plans

Oftentimes when parents separate, they do not agree on parenting and child visitation issues.  Both parents may want primary custody.  Or, one parent may want weekend visitations while the other parent wants a 50/50 split time arrangement.  One parent may travel for work, causing them to want a non-traditional arrangement with regard to custody time and […]

What is Assault and What Should You Do if Facing an Assault Charge?

Were you involved in an altercation in the Seattle area where it escalated and police got involved? Being charged with an assault in Washington is a big deal. There are potential serious consequences, including penalties like jail time and probation. Seattle’s Miller Law Group LLC is here to help. So, what is assault?  Assault is […]

Third Party Custody: How to be Parent while not a Parent

Third party custody is governed by a statute called Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 26.10. This statute used to be referred to as the “grandparent custody act”. It also permits aunts, uncles and other interested third parties to obtain custody of a child. Normally third parties seek custody where either both parents are unfit or […]

Getting Divorced with child custody at issue?

Divorce is bad.  When parents decide to separate and they have children, it can get ugly.  The issue of child custody and visitation is one the court must make a decision on. The days where a mother automatically gets custody are no longer. The court looks at the best interest of the child/children. Sometimes the […]

Interested in Adoption in Washington State?

This reference is filled with lots of information about adoption in Washington State. This 16 Page Booklet is provided by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), and answers a lot of basic questions on the topic of adoption. See more at: http://www.afamilyforeverychild.org/Resources/Washington.php#sthash.PyWH29Th.dpuf

A Modern Family Dispute… embryo ownership

Agreements (legal contracts) between significant others over their embryos matter. Ex of Sofia Vergara, Nick Loeb, asked to have “custody” of their two frozen embryos despite their break up.  She is content keeping them frozen. He wanted to have the embryos implanted in a surrogate and hoped to later raise them.  In November 2013 the couple […]

Boating Season is Soon Upon Us…

With the beautiful weather we’ve been enjoying boating is on the minds of many Seattle area residents.  With boating and getting on the water comes the need to bring food and drink out on  boats.  While many people drink water or juices on boats, some adults like to enjoy a beer or mixed drink on […]