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PHILOSOPHY: Formed in 2014, Issaquah Law Group is a law firm with one focus: providing businesses and insurers with high quality legal representation with the responsiveness of a smaller firm. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built upon clear and consistent communication. 

LITIGATION: We work closely with our clients to fully and accurately understand their goals, work collaboratively to formulate specific legal strategies, and execute the agreed plan of action utilizing methods most likely to result in the efficient and effective resolution of the matter. ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, commercial general liability, labor & employment, construction litigation, and catastrophic losses due to fire and explosion.

BUSINESS LAW: Rarely is the path from point A to point B a straight line, so our role in a business law practice is to find alternatives, devise workable strategies, and keep your business ideas, goals and objectives moving toward realization. ILG’s business attorneys help clients achieve their goals with respect to business formation, intellectual property, labor and employment, CAN-SPAM, copyright and trademark

COMMUNITY: In addition, the Lawyers at Issaquah Law Group remain active in the legal and civic community. A core commitment of our Issaquah Attorneys is community service. Our attorneys' civic involvement includes the King County Civil Rights Commission; the City of Issaquah Planning Policy Commission; the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, service as a pro tem judge. We live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and we aim to make it a better place.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

Division I: Parenting Plan Must Be Registered With Australian Court to Ensure Compliance

In re: Marriage of Ostrom

Sometimes a court simply does Cleanup work. That is when the underlying court gets most of it right, but misses a couple of dotted i’s or crossed t’s. Here, this case involves moving some children to Australia. Here, an exec met an Aussie and decided to get involved. Needless to say, current husband was then asked to move out. They agreed on a parenting plan, got divorced, and Mom exec became betrothed to the Aussie and pregnant with his child. She then moved the Court to allow her to relocate to Australia. 

So what allows this? The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. The Court keeps jurisdiction over parenting plans it creates until everyone has moved out of the state (child, parents, and anyone acting as a parent). But what about Australia? Well, they signed the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. What does that do? It essentially forces Australia to recognize Washington Custody Laws. There’s a presumption that relocation benefits the kids, which can be rebutted. It wasn’t here. 

The Court of Appeals then went on to show the evidence that supported all of the lower court’s findings. The clean up here was a little matter of enforcing a provision that if the parenting plan wasn’t adhered to by Mom, that the kids come back to the U.S. Under the Hague, return of the children isn’t mandatory. However, under Australian law, if the parents register their parenting plan with the Australian government, the courts there will abide.

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