Poirer Case. https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/1234455/state-v-poirier/ -Jeffrey A. Robinson
‘In the Fahey case, similar to the movie Kramer vs. Kramer, my client was disabled and was the primary parent as the mother had abandoned the kid. It’s cited until this day.” -Jeffrey A. Robinson
“In the Larry Thompson case, the client and his wife had reached an agreement to share custody of their 7-year-old daughter. Just before we could get the papers entered, she accused my client of molesting his daughter and he didn’t see her for six months. We really pursued it and proved woman was lying. The upshot was that my client got full custody and the mother got supervised visits.”–Jeffrey A. Robinson
“One client came to me as a totally beat down dad, trying to get custody for years. I told him I would try and use everything I have got. I called the clients’ witnesses and got the full story, something his previous attorney didn’t do. This 6-year-old child was left alone, his dad hasn’t heard from him, and the mom was passed out on the couch all the time. Since for the first time I did the investigation necessary, he won full custody and the mother only had supervised visitation.”—Shannon Hadeed
“A retired teacher client was married to a retired dentist for 40 years and was much younger than him. He owned a dental clinic and on the side, invented things. He had a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder and required her to wear gloves and always use bleach to rid the house of his perceived idea that there was mold. He was always bad with money and went to Las Vegas and spent $8,000 and she was ready to leave him. He told her how stupid she was and that she could never make it by herself. (I hear this from my clients all the time). She was scared to leave him, and mentioned how worried she was that he hadn’t saved for retirement.
She refused to sign a refinancing agreement on their house and instead came to me. Her husband was hiding money, which I learned through subpoenaing 12 banks. We used that hidden information as a bomb in mediation to get what we wanted. In the end, she got to keep the house and didn’t have to pay him anything for it, she got half the business, and she got spousal support for life. And maybe even more importantly, I helped her go from feeling beaten down to being totally transformed: She lost 50 pounds, started exercising and seeing a therapist, and was able to move on with her life.”—Shannon Hadeed
Jeffrey A. Robinson won a landmark case regarding spousal support,
In re Marriage of McCausland. Read the full text of the case here: https://caselaw.findlaw.com/wa-supreme-court/1046197.html
I did a divorce where suddenly, my client was accused of having inappropriately touched his daughter. My client said he didn’t and I believed him 100 percent.
The poor little girl had to have a freeze against her dad visiting her. He had criminal charges brought against him, and I defended him in both the criminal case and the Child Protective Services case.
I interviewed the child in the preliminary hearing. The girl did three different interviews on tape, and I watched those videos many times and wrote down all the many inconsistencies, which got more grandiose. I researched psychological questions about children being coached to lie.
In court, I asked the child: ‘Rosy, you talked to the Guardian ad Litem. What did they do when you forgot your story?’ She said, ‘My mommy would remind me and tell me what to say.’ I asked, ‘Did it get confusing?’ She said, ‘Yes, a little bit.’ I asked, ‘You said in one video that Daddy was snoring when he touched you.’
The girl admitted the father was sleeping, and when I asked her who told her her Daddy was awake, she said, ‘I don’t remember.’
Both cases were dismissed, and my client said I saved his life.
Once a couple in Washington decides to end their marriage, they may want to do so as quickly as possible. However, there are certain legal requirements that must be met for a couple to divorce.
There is a waiting period. In Washington, a person must be a resident of the state for 90 days following the petition for divorce before a divorce can be granted.
Washington is a “no fault” divorce state, meaning that the only grounds for divorce are an irretrievable breakdown of the marital relationship.
Assuming the residence requirement has been met, there are still certain procedures that must be followed before the divorce can be granted. The person filing for divorce must present to the court:: the most recent residence of each spouse, when and where the marriage took place, whether or not the spouses have separated legally, names and ages of children (if any), and residential or domestic arrangements that have already been agreed upon (if applicable).
A divorce filing must also include a statement with regards to the marital property and separate property, and whether alimony will be sought. Couples seeking a divorce in Washington may be able to do so relatively quickly, once the waiting period is over and especially if they have already agreed upon all their divorce legal issues.
However, sometimes they hit a roadblock in the process, whether it is a disagreement about a key divorce issue or other problem. This can hinder the divorce proceedings. Regardless, it may be useful for those seeking a divorce to consult an attorney so they understand not just how the divorce process works, but what their rights are.
Let’s say you want to take your kids to a wedding.
Your soon-to-be ex-husband says no.
You’re discussing it all by text message.
Now that you’re about to get a divorce, your text messages are under a microscope. They are all also subject to a subpoena and discovery request, which means you might as well think of them as public.
When you first start working with an attorney here at Robinson & Hadeed, one of the first things we will have you think about is your communication with your ex or soon-to-be ex. From time to time, we may even give you feedback on your communication. Crazy? No. Your communication has to be polite and accommodating. Sometimes, you are too close to the situation to really see the way your text messages read.
I have seen cases where the wife writes: “You idiot, that is a f—-ing horrible idea.”
I let my clients know: You can’t send texts like that anymore.
When a judge sees your firm but polite texts, you will look like a nice person who just wants to go to a wedding. He, on the other hand, will look vindictive and mean spirited.
Watch what you write, be courteous at all times. If you wouldn’t want it on a billboard in front of your house, don’t send it.
I may be practicing family law now, but in the past, I also did criminal law. Several times a week, I would be in front of a judge, fearless. Whether that judge is deciding who should get custody of your kids, or whether a repeat drug offender should return to jail, you always have to watch the judge for: What is it that they are thinking? They are just like other people, they are going to give away facial expressions.
Jeffrey A. Robinson and I are both fearless. We are not afraid to take your divorce or custody case to court if necessary. We also aren’t afraid of being tough negotiators during mediation. When negotiating, you have to be willing to walk away to some degree to get what you want. It’s not that you don’t want to settle.
If it’s in your best interest to settle, we will. The goal is to serve you, our client.
Sometimes maybe we can settle financial stuff. If we can’t settle the kid stuff, we go before the judge.
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