WA Family Laws

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The United States has a comprehensive set of laws in place to ensure justice to parties who are involved in family relationships – both related by blood or marriage or by distant or casual relationships. The laws encompass elements related to all aspects of family-related matters and domestic relations including marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships such as:

  • Adoption and surrogacy
  • Child abuse and child abduction
  • Juvenile adjudication
  • The termination of relationships and ancillary matters that include:
    • Divorce
    • Annulment
    • Property settlements
    • Alimony
    • Child custody and visitation
    • Child support and alimony awards
  • Paternity testing and paternity fraud

Since the laws are very complex in nature and vary depending on the jurisdiction (with conflicts on elements dealing with transnational and interstate issues), litigants are strongly advised to consult a legal counsel for help.

We at the Anu Attorney Professional Law Firm can guide you on the legal issues related to your family matters in the following ways:

  • Provide legal advice on family laws, rulings and other options
  • Petition to obtain justice with regards to adoption and surrogacy, child abuse and abduction, and juvenile adjudication
  • Represent to obtain divorce, avail annulment, settle property, obtain alimony
  • Petition to obtain child custody and avail child visitation
  • Petition to settle child support and alimony awards

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In the United States, divorce or ‘dissolution of marriage’ falls under the jurisdiction of the state governments, and not the federal government. Due to this reason, the divorce laws vary from state to state. There are also other related issues that may trigger the legal process for divorce and the resultant dissolution of the marriage that include:

  • Support for the spouse
  • Custody of the child
  • Support for the child
  • Distribution of property
  • Division of debt

Since the divorce laws and regulations greatly vary depending on the jurisdiction (with some states even requiring spouses to fulfill a legal and / or physical separation of up to two years prior to a formal divorce decree), litigants are strongly advised to consult a legal counsel experienced in divorce related laws for help.

We at the Anu Attorney Professional Law Firm can guide you on the legal issues related to divorce in the following ways:

  • Provide legal advice on divorce laws, rulings and other related matters
  • Negotiate for less adversarial and inexpensive approaches to divorce settlements that include mediation and collaborative divorce
  • Petition to obtain divorce from the respective state government
  • Petition to obtain justice with regards to the other ancillary issues related to divorce

We also provide guidance and service to Indian spouses on their divorce related legal requirements in their country that are very complex and different in nature compared to the laws in the United States

The United States has clear-cut definitions and rules with regards to alimony, the legal obligation on persons to provide financial support to their spouse after divorce.

Alimony related laws and regulations are complex due to the varying nature depending on the jurisdiction. In addition, many of these laws are associated with taxes and income tax returns and hence can even lead to penalties. In view of these complexities, litigants are strongly advised to consult a competent legal counsel experienced in alimony related laws and defenses for guidance.

We at the Anu Attorney Professional Law Firm can guide you on the legal issues related to alimony in the following ways:

  • Provide legal advice on alimony laws, rulings and other related matters
  • Petition to obtain alimony from the spouse in line with the applicable federal and state laws

In the United States, the issue of child custody, which refers to the rights and responsibilities between parents for taking care of their children, is the most common dispute in the family courts. With clear-cut definitions and rules, the issues related to child custody (residence and contact) are determined by the federal and state courts in accordance with the best interests of the child. Following ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, most of the traditional concepts and terminologies today are replaced with new international standards in order to safeguard the best interests of children.

Child custody related law proceedings often get very complex (and turn out against the court orders in many cases) due to the parental disputes with regards to residence and contact of the child. In view of the complexities involved, litigants are strongly advised to consult a skilled attorney experienced in child custody related laws and defenses for guidance.

We at the Anu Attorney Professional Law Firm can guide you on the legal issues related to child custody in the following ways:

  • Provide legal advice on child custody laws, rulings and other related matters
  • Petition to obtain child custody from the spouse in line with the applicable laws

Disputes regarding international child custody often gets utmost complex due to the varying nature of laws involved set by different countries that need to be followed in the litigation. However, the existence of the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act (UCAPA) will be the best legal option to facilitate the safe return of an abducted child to the parent.

International child custody related law proceedings often get very lengthy and very difficult to navigate mainly due to the involvement of multiple countries in the case with different laws. In addition, the factors that affect the outcome of the custody battle in the international courts such as culture and religion add to the complexity. In view of these complexities involved, litigants are strongly advised to seek the assistance of an attorney familiar with international child custody laws in the event one finds himself in an international custody battle.

We at the Anu Attorney Professional Law Firm can guide you on the legal issues related to International Child Custody in the following ways:

  • Provide legal advice on International Child Custody laws, rulings and other related matters
  • Represent your case in the foreign jurisdictions with respect to your litigations related to International Child Custody