My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Washington.
Here is a synopsis.
1.) We're not married and she moved out with my 3 kids with zero notice.
2.) No parenting plan or anything is currently in place.
3.) She just informed me that she has an attorney and is filing a Parenting Plan with the court and that the "judge will decide what is in the best interests of the children".
4.) She states that her attorney has advised her to not allow me to see my children until the Parenting Plan is approved.
a.) I think all of the paternity affidavidavits were completed at the time of birth of all three children, but I will check into this with the State and am I correct to assume that I should get this taken care of immediately (as a first step) if I am missing one on one of the children? (I suspect we may have never filed this form on one of my children.)
b.) What are my rights in regards to this parenting plan? Should I prepare and submit my own? I have asked why we can't just do this ourselves and she said no - her lawyer is preparing it and the judge will decide. How much input am I going to be able to have on this (i.e., they days and times I can see my kids, opting for 50/50 custody as opposed to just visitation, etc.)?
c.) What are my rights in regards to visitation right now with nothing in place? What can I do to see my kids. Who knows how long this process might take. I talk to them on the phone, but she won't provide me with their address or allow me to see them. Is this legal? What would lead an attorney to suggest this, as I find it quite odd.
d.) Is there a way to find out what, if anything has been filed with the courts, on her and their behalf?
e.) Where do I begin navigating this process. I cannot currently (nor in the forseeable future) afford an attorney to represent me. I have no choice but to do this all myself.
Please assist me. Any and all advice, help, resource and input is very much appreciated.
A confused and sad Dad. I just want to see my kids.