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The Supreme Court of Washington filed 4 new opinions on Wednesday, November 27, 2013:
1. In re Custody of A.F.J.
(November 27, 2013)
2013 Wash. LEXIS 942 Lexis.com
2013 Wash. LEXIS 942 LexisAdvance
Areas: DOMESTIC RELATIONS AND FAMILY LAW
Brief: The primary question was whether de facto parent status could be established based partially on facts that arose during a foster placement. While in most circumstances a foster parent will not be able to meet the criteria set forth in In re Parentage of L.B., 155 Wn.2d 679 (2005), foster parent status is not, itself, an absolute bar to establishing de facto parentage. A court may consider facts that arise during a foster care placement.
2. In re Custody of B.M.H.
2013 Wash. LEXIS 944 Lexis.com
2013 Wash. LEXIS 944 LexisAdvance
Brief: The child’s mother’s former boyfriend did not meet the high burden imposed on those seeking third party custody, however, he was entitled to maintain his de facto parentage action. The Court of Appeals correctly concluded that the holding in In re Parentage of MF., 168 Wn.2d 528 (2010), did not bar the former boyfriend from petitioning for de facto parentage The legislature inevitably did not contemplate every conceivable family constellation, and drawing an arbitrary categorical bar based on an individual's status as a stepparent or a former stepparent would preclude legitimate parent-child relationships from being adjudicated. Unlike the specific factual scenario in MF., the circumstances claimed by the former boyfriend have not been contemplated by the legislature and addressed in Washington's statutory scheme.
3. International Marine Underwriters v. ABCD Marine, LLC
2013 Wash. LEXIS 941 Lexis.com
2013 Wash. LEXIS 941 LexisAdvance
Areas: BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL LAW
PERSONAL INJURY AND INSURANCE LAW
Brief: As a general partner, the purchaser of the comprehensive marine liability insurance policy for the general partnership did not qualify as a third party under the “insured contract” provision in accordance with Washington partnership law and was not entitled to coverage for bodily injuries he suffered while working as an independent contractor.
4. State v. Ruem
2013 Wash. LEXIS 943 Lexis.com
2013 Wash. LEXIS 943 LexisAdvance
Areas: CRIMINAL LAW
Brief: The sheriff’s deputies unlawfully entered the defendant’s mobile home in an attempt to execute an arrest warrant for the defendant’s brother. The deputies lacked probable cause to believe the brother was present, and the defendant revoked his initial consent to the entry. Thus, the evidence recovered from the search of the home was illegally obtained and unlawfully admitted.
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