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What is considered Domestic Violence under Washington State Law

Washington State Law goes to great lengths to cover the various forms of domestic violence. In Washington State law (Revised Code of Washington, ...

Listing the court cases

Court needs to have a full picture so its important to provide all the prior cases. Even if the specific case number ...

Recap – HB 1320 Technology Requirements

This article is still being written This page summarizes the technology requirements for the Washington State House Bill: HB 1320 - 2021-22 ...

Protected: Requesting Order to Surrender Firearms

As part of DVPO, the petitioner can request that respondent to submit firearms to the law enforcement and be prohibited from acquiring ...

What does the Washington State Bill 5160 mean for a Landlord

In April 2021, the Senate Bill 5160 "LANDLORD-TENANT RELATIONS" took effect in the Washington State and reformed landlord tenant in the aftermath ...

What does the Washington State Bill 5160 mean for a Tenant

In April 2021, the Senate Bill 5160 "LANDLORD-TENANT RELATIONS" took effect in the Washington State and reformed landlord tenant in the aftermath ...

What Eviction Resolution Program (ERP) in the Washington (WA) State Means for the Landlord

The Eviction Resolution Program is created in the Washington State in 2021 to reduce the tidal wave of eviction lawsuits that are ...

How Law Enforcement Can Electronically Serve

This page describes how Law Enforcement can receive documents via LegalAtoms and then service the client offline, and then complete the Proof ...

Evidence that you are the victim of qualifying criminal activity:

The documents below must demonstrate that you suffered direct harm as a result of the crime committed against you.  Trial transcriptsCourt documentsPolice ...

Evidence that you possess information concerning qualifying criminal activity

The documents below must demonstrate that you have knowledge of details concerning the criminal activity and that would assist in the investigation ...

How can I demonstrate that I have suffered?

            Because U Visa falls into what is called the humanitarian category, U Visa is granted on a discretionary basis, which means ...

I was abused abroad. Can I apply for U Visa?

Probably not. When the U.S. law makers made U Visa law, they thought two purposes. One, U Visa is designed to protect ...

Can I get a green card after obtaining U Visa status? 

Yes, you can apply for a green card which will grant you permanent residence in the U.S. if you have been previously ...

Can I travel internationally after filing my U Visa application?

While leaving the U.S. raises no issue, returning might be very complicated and in some situations restricted for a long period of ...

Getting help from King County Advocates

You can securely reach out to King County Protection Order Advocacy Program First click on "Share with Advocate" from the left menu. ...

Inline Comments

Clients can now add questions for professionals next to the question they are working on to further streamline seeking help. Later when ...

Updating the cause number

Setting the cause number If the cause number feature is enabled, then as a court official you will have the set a ...

Electronic Servicing

Overview LegalAtoms provides a complete solution for law enforcement agencies serve the case documents. Typically, the case proceeds in the following steps ...

Downloading Zip

Step 1 - Navigate to the right Documents tab Step 2: Click on "Download Zip" Here's how you can download documents On ...

How do I change password?

You can change your password by following these steps. Step 1: Clicking on the profile icon near the top Step 2: Clicking ...

Which Protection Order should I file for?

Background Today LegalAtoms can provide a yes/no answer to whether a user qualifies for a particular protection order as per the Revised ...

Receiving Payments for Court Cases

LegalAtoms allows petitioners a complete experience to file for fee waivers but in case users opt to pay, then there is an ...

What does a Domestic Violence Protection Order do?

What does a Domestic Violence Protection Order do? A domestic violence protection order (DVPO) is an order that a civil court issues ...

Protected: Tenant Screening

What is a “tenant screening report”? Before renting an apartment to a tenant, a landlord might pull what is called a “tenant ...

Eviction and Mortgage

Can I get relief on my mortgage if my tenant is not paying rent?  When a tenant is not paying rent, one ...

Protected: Immigration – U visa

SUBTHEME 2: APPLICATION PROCESS To obtain a U-Visa, the petitioner must file the following forms and submit to the USCIS: I-918 Petition ...

Foreclosures, Evictions for Domestic Violence

How do foreclosures and evictions work? If you, the borrower, who has a mortgage or loan on a piece of property where ...

Protected: How do I file for a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) ?

Any person seeking a protective order will need to find and fill out the appropriate forms. All forms needed for protective orders ...

Protected: Parenting Plan

What is a Parenting Plan? When the court refers to a “Parenting Plan” it is referring to the form FL All Family ...

Protected: Filing DVPO Against an Abusive Parent

Can a child file a DVPO against a parent? Children 16 or older may file a DVPO against a parent without the ...

Stalking Protection Order

What is stalking and what is a Stalking Protection Order (SPO)?  Stalking is a pattern of behavior in which an individual either ...

Child Custody under Tribal Law

I’m definitely nervous about putting my name on this, but here’s my LinkedIn profile link: www.linkedin.com/in/kae-rogers-sulaw Endnotes I’m dealing with a child ...

Housing Choice Voucher

Housing Choice Voucher Program What is a Housing Choice Voucher? Your housing voucher is a document issued by your local Public Housing ...

Protected: Domestic Violence – Beyond the Order

Question 1: I decided to get a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO). What do I do now?  It is important to understand ...

Protected: Victims and Protection Orders

Can survivors of Domestic Violence get protection against a person? Yes. If a survivor of domestic violence wants protection from someone that ...

Evictions – Landlord responsibilities

As a tenant, what duties does a landlord have to me? As a tenant, your landlord owes you certain responsibilities. Primarily, landlords ...

Can I legally work in the U.S. after filing for U visa?

When you file for a U Visa, you have simply applied to get the visa. It does not necessarily mean that you ...

Protected: Domestic Violence Protection Order Alternatives in Washington State

While a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO)may be a great option for a survivor to seek protections from an abusive partner, other ...

How much abuse is enough to qualify for U Visa?

Immigration U Visa is a type of visa that the immigration department of the U.S. (USCIS) awards to a certain number of ...

Protected: Protection Order – FAQs

Can I file a protective order for my children and not myself? Yes, you can file for a minor (under 18) member ...

Protected: Sexual Assault Protection Order

What is a Sexual Assault Protection Order (SAPO)? When a survivor of sexual assault seeks additional protection from the offender who assaulted ...

Protected: Divorce

What are the ways in which Washington State becomes involved in a relationship ending?  The way is through a procedure known as ...

Eviction Concepts

I received a Summons & Complaint (S&C) regarding Unlawful Detainer.  What does that mean? A Summons and Complaint (S&C) are documents from ...

Protected: U Visa Overview

__________________________________________________________________________________________ General Overview of who might qualify to apply for a U Nonimmigrant status (“U visa”).  The U Nonimmigrant status (“U visa”) ...

Protected: Parenting Plan and Child Custody Overview

Q. What is a “proposed parenting plan”? A proposed parenting plan is a legal document that proposes a specific schedule about where ...

Eviction – Unlawful Detainer

What is an unlawful detainer action? If you rent or lease a room, an apartment, or a house from another individual, you ...

Protected: Anti Harassment Protection Order (AHPO)

What is an Anti-harassment protection order (AHO) and what constitutes unlawful harassment?  Victims of repeated and ongoing forms of harassment can receive ...

What is Eviction

Start here! If you are being evicted now, it is important that you talk to a lawyer for legal advice as soon ...

What type of crime committed against a victim could qualify them for a U-Visa?

If you are considering applying for a U nonimmigrant Visa known as a U-Visa, one of the requirements is that you are ...

Protected: Domestic Violence Overview

What is Domestic Violence?  The current law in the state of Washington defines “Domestic Violence”: as physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or ...

Eviction – Frequently Asked Questions

I am being evicted. What does this mean?  A landlord can evict a leaseholder when the leaseholder acts wrongfully in some way. ...

Eviction – Glossary

What is the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance? Just Cause Eviction Ordinances are city laws that exist in addition to state laws, intended ...

Who Can Get a Fee Waiver for Protection Orders

·      You get certain public benefits (TANF, HEN, SSI, Food Stamps, or federal poverty-related veteran's benefits)·      Your income is at or below 125% of ...

Tagging Attachments as Confidential

We at LegalAtoms, strive to keep our clients and their needs safe and confidential. LegalAtoms now has an option within the protection ...

Order to Surrender Weapons without Notice – King County Only

LegalAtoms has developed the questions in collaboration with the Firearms unit at the King County, and the idea is to allow users ...

Key points for Order To Surrender Weapons (OTSW)

State law allows the court to order the respondent to surrender weapons.  The court may sign an order to surrender at the same time ...

VAWA – Resources for Private Immigration Attorneys and Pro Bono Resources

Finding a Private Attorney [1]: American Association of Immigration Lawyers -Washington Chapter: www.ailawa.org/You may also search for an immigration attorney, by city ...

What are the additional steps if I request firearms to be taken away

If the court entered an Order to Surrender and Prohibit Weapons at the full hearing then the respondent will likely be ordered ...

In what situations can I request the court to take away firearms from the respondent

If you have any of the following types of relationships: spouse/former spouse, current or former cohabitant as an intimate partner,  have a ...

How are the firearms taken away from the respondent?

If the court has ordered the respondent to surrender firearms based on an Order to Surrender and Prohibit Weapons (Issued without Notice), ...

DVPO About the Protections

This section allows you to go into further detail about why you are requesting a protection order. Each question that is asked ...

What Happens When an E-File is Rejected.

There are two sides to an E-File of a protection order. One is the side of the petitioner and the other being ...

How the Petitioner or Protected Party is Populated depending on who is filing (including filing on behalf of someone else)

This article helps explain how a petitioner or the protected party is populated. This should help explain who is the petitioner vs ...

Statement Builder

The statement builder will help ensure the accuracy of the petition. The single questionnaire is dedicated to the statement so there are no ...

Getting Help from Facilitators in Snohomish County Superior Court

LegalAtoms allows clients filing for protection orders in the Snohomish County to connect with court facilitators seamlessly within LegalAtoms. You now have ...

Filing County Determination

In Washington there are 39 Counties Each county becomes a district for a court to oversee cases that have been brought in ...

E-filing stopped for now by King County

This is the latest info we have as of Oct 2nd 2020 CLERK’S ALERT Notice Regarding a New Virtual Protection Order Office ...

How to Invite a Client

This will assist you in connecting with a client and letting them know you are willing to take on their case. From ...

What’s provided in the ‘Contested Plan’ on LegalAtoms

Question: What's provided in the 'Contested Plan' on LegalAtoms for divorce in Washington state ? Answer:       See your divorce ...

A parent wants to move to another city

Question: Only one of the parents wants to move to another city during or after a divorce in Washington state? Answer:   ...

Parenting Plan Overview

Question: Attorney Chi provides an overview of the parenting plan Answer:     English Schedule is very specific around days, time, you ...

Attorney Chi’s Response: House Bought by a Spouse before Marriage

Question: What happens in divorce in Washington state to the house bought by one of the spouses before the marriage? Answer:

Attorney Chi’s Response: How assets and debts are split

Question: How assets and debts are split in a divorce in Washington state? Answer:       See your divorce process (with ...

Attorney Chi’s Response: Safeguarding your Financials during a Divorce

Question: How to approach divorce in Washington state when your spouse is abusive? Answer:   See your divorce process (with dispute on ...

Attorney Chi’s Response: Protection from Abusive Spouse

Question: How to approach divorce in Washington state when your spouse is abusive? Answer:       See your divorce process (with ...

How does Legal Atoms populate questions that don’t apply to me?

Legal Atoms follows the official Washington state guidelines. These guidelines require questions which are not relevant to your situation to be marked ...

Which Washington state forms are generated as part of my divorce application?

Legal Atoms follows the official Washington state guidelines. These guidelines require questions which are not relevant to your situation to be marked ...

Which counties are covered?

Legal Atoms supports filing for divorce for the entire Washington state. The final set of of documents you download meet the requirements ...

Is the divorce application printed on official Washington state forms?

Yes, Legal Atoms uses the official Washington state forms. In order to maintain the exact formatting such as margins, fonts, and spacing ...

Can I purge (i.e. delete) my personal information after completing my application?

Yes, you can   Step 1: login to your account Step 2: From the top menu, click on the user icon, and ...

How does your software adapt to my unique situation?

Legal Atoms software consists of a series of questions. After every section, our software processes your input to determine which sections apply ...

How long is my data stored?

Data is saved for one year, and then deleted. You can also send us a note from Contact Us form to delete ...

Do I need to register to create my divorce application?

No, you don't. You can use Legal Atoms as a guest user. However, creating an account enables you to save your application ...

How is my personal information protected?

Legal Atoms complies with one of the most comprehensive security standards, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), for protecting ...

I bought our car and most property with my income only. Should the court award them to me?

Divorce proceedings are time consuming and complicated, especially when it comes to division of marital property. In the Washington State, property is ...

What should we do with our home?

When a spouse files for a ‘dissolution of marriage’, the parting couple is left with a dilemma. The marital home is one ...

My spouse owned our house before our marriage. We both paid the mortgage. Should I get part of the house?

The family house is arguably the biggest asset that requires division during divorce proceedings. In a Washington divorce, the court usually takes ...

I think we should sell our house. My spouse disagrees. Can the court order us to sell it?

Divorce (or the dissolution of marriage) brings the end of marital relationships between two people. Although it may seem simple to just ...

Do I have any right to my spouse’s pension?

Pension is a retirement plan where money is added to a fund during the employee’s employment years, and from which money is ...

Resources for Domestic Violence Victims

New Beginnings 24 hour helpline: (206) 522.9472 New Beginnings empowers survivors and mobilizes community awareness and action to end domestic violence. Sexual ...

Dr Bowen’s Response: What equitable means for assets division and child custody

Question What equitable means for assets division and child custody? Answer ENGLISH Hi! My name is Dr. Deirdre Bowen. I am a ...

Dr Bowen’s response: What happens if one parent wants to relocate?

Question What happens with divorce if my spouse lives overseas? Answer ENGLISH Hi! My name is Dr. Deirdre Bowen. I am a ...

Dr Bowen’s response: What happens with divorce if my spouse lives overseas?

Question What happens with divorce if my spouse lives overseas? Answer ENGLISH Hi! My name is Dr. Deirdre Bowen. I am a ...

Dr Bowen’s Response: What happens to the property acquired during the marriage?

Question What happens to the property acquired during the marriage? Answer   ENGLISH Hi! My name is Dr. Deirdre Bowen. I am a ...

Dr Bowen’s Response: How child custody works

Question: How child custody works? Answer: English Hi! My name is Dr. Deirdre Bowen. I am a professor at the Seattle University ...

Dr Bowen’s Response: How child support works

Question: How child's custody works at the end of marriage or partnership ENGLISH Hi! My name is Dr. Deirdre Bowen. I am ...

Dr Bowen’s Response: How mediation works

Question How mediation works? Answer ENGLISH Hi! My name is Dr. Deirdre Bowen. I am a professor at the Seattle University School ...

Dr Bowen’s Response: What’s a Parenting Plan

Question What's a Parenting Plan Answer   ENGLISH Hi! My name is Dr. Deirdre Bowen. I am a professor at the Seattle ...

Attorney Chi Nguyen Answers: Where should I file for divorce?

Attorney Chi Nguyen   Transcript English The most common question that comes about is: where do I file my case. A lot ...

Dr Bowen Answers: Where should I file for divorce?

Question Where should I file for divorce? Answer Dr. Bowen Seattle University School of Law Transcript English My name is Dr. Deirdre ...

Relative Demand of Legal Areas

This post contains data on how often people search for specific areas online. The data covers Seattle, USA area, and is  mined ...

Demand and Supply of Justice

"Justice is open to all; like the Ritz hotel" It's hard for folks to find a lawyer at a budget price, even ...