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Issaquah Law Group - Injury Litigation Attorneys

TRUST: Personal injuries are personal. Which is why the attorneys at ILG treat every client and every case differently. Because they are different, and extremely personal. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built on trust. Trust that you will be heard. Trust that you will be protected. Trust that every effort will be made to see justice done in your case. The singular goal of every ILG attorney is to earn and preserve that trust.

EXPERIENCE: 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 and we bring this experience to bear on behalf of our clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents, bus versus pedestrian accidents, defective and dangerous products, medical malpractice, slip/trip and fall accidents, and catastrophic losses due to fire.

LOCATION: We are located on the Eastside in Issaquah, convenient to Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, Sammamish and North Bend. However, we provide legal services in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County and throughout the entire state of Washington.

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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