Magic of Storytelling Book Drop Off

Magic of Storytelling Partnership

A recent national study showed that almost two-thirds of fourth graders read at or below a basic level. It’s an alarming statistic, and those unable to improve their literacy in the coming years face a future of immense struggle.

Twyford Law Office is proud of its role in positively impacting that future for children around Inland Washington through its sponsorship of the Magic of Storytelling. A partnership between Disney|ABC and First Book, the Magic of Storytelling aims to put 1 million books into the hands of students nationwide.

Book Donation Day

Locally, we joined with KXLY-TV and other corporate champions to donate 15,000 books to 27 schools around Spokane in early May. Educators in these schools can choose which students receive books to help them build out their home libraries, allowing students most in need of support to continue reading during the summer. This opportunity can help mitigate the “summer reading loss” than can set them even further behind their grade level.

It was a joy to see the children react to the delivery of these books, and we know the opportunity to read something fresh and new will only whet their appetite for more. Participating in the Magic of Storytelling is just one more way Twyford Law Office strives to make the Greater Spokane Valley a richer place to live, work, play and learn. We look forward to another book delivery visit to Shiloh Hills Elementary School on June 2.

If you would like to become more involved in the community, we encourage you to connect with the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce. Twyford Law Office is a chamber member.

Power of Story Telling


Sponsoring Stevens Elementary School  

Twyford Law Office is pleased to announce its dedication to Inland Northwest communities in the Magic of Storytelling campaign. Powered by ABC and Disney, we will present books to Title I schools, benefiting literacy programs across many counties. The children come first, and we’re pleased to offer the chance of change.

Adoption and Sponsorship

By offering books in 500-copy increments, Twyford Law Office will “adopt” these schools, sponsoring them while presenting the gift of fiction. By granting kids the opportunity to read, Twyford’s sponsorship will promote local literacy, education and a higher degree of social understanding. Magic of Storytelling is imbued by creativity. Inspiring stories, when presented to the community, can create the minds, hearts and innovation of tomorrow.

Disney and the Power of Storytelling

Disney has already donated millions of books to children in need, assisting them with reading, story creation and creativity. Great stories alter entire lives, bringing children to faraway lands, unheard-of journeys and bright futures. Together, Disney and ABC have parented Twyford Law Office—delivering numerous campaign activities while promoting storytelling in its purest form.

For 16 years, Disney and First Book have helped kids read, learn and succeed. Their partnership with ABC—spawning the Magic of Storytelling campaign—has reached communities in unprecedented ways. Eligible books purchased by consumers in Disney Store locations, or at other participating retail outlets during Disney Reads Day, in the past, resulted in direct donations up to one million books. The Magic of Storytelling campaign has expanded, reaching many communities, local providers and—of course—Twyford Law Office.

 Our Goal and Community

The Inland Northwest is deserving of creativity, and we’re proud to partner with local businesses, community groups and families to promote reading. Children will be sent home with books which may be ordinarily inaccessible. Twyford’s sponsorship makes this donation possible, as do its television spots between February and March.

By promoting the community responsible for our success, Twyford Law Office can inform it about childhood literacy. Today, literacy in children is an incredibly important topic. Twyford Law Office intends to benefit bright minds, bright futures and bright career paths. Reading is a vital cornerstone of childhood development, and our representation enables these healthy environments.

Our Promise to the Children

Twyford Law Office is well-known for simplifying the legal process, talking to clients at a human level. For this reason, much of our support is dedicated to empowering the community at large. We’re constantly fighting for your best interest, discussing services, educational options and future goals to fortify the community as a whole. We feel education should be embraced with open arms. Unfortunately, today’s children may be intimidated by reading—pushing away important education.

We’re making a promise to our schools, its children and its parents: Education can happen via the world of fiction. Every book provided through Disney and ABC’s parent program is geared towards the intellectual and emotional growth of your children. Twyford Law Office is a friend to education, inspiration and childhood development. We feel community involvement works best in partnership. By offering services hand-in-hand with local businesses, we can succeed in creating an environment—not a simple program.

Twyford Law Office and the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce

Our involved individuals are ready to make a change, reaching out to the community through social media, local movements and in-school programs. The Twyford Law Office is a member of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, impacting the community from the ground level. On every level, we promote proactive goals to assist our community. The Spokane Valley area’s business leaders operate in a tight-knit organization, so as to promote future growth at an educational level.

View the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce’s page here, and get involved with the economic and educational prosperity of your area. The region’s business leaders, teachers, parents and organizational influencers are here to help. ABC and Disney, meanwhile, promise to continue benefiting Twyford Law Office’s cause—empowering young minds for the near future.

Greater Spokane Chamber of Commerce Members



Member of the Greater Spokane Chamber of Commerce

The Twyford Law Office is proud to announce its membership in the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Membership offers an opportunity for the firm to become more deeply involved in the community whose members it has represented for many years.

A Proud History and Proactive Goals

The City of Spokane and the surrounding Spokane Valley have a rich heritage.  From the Native American tribe known as the Spokanes comes the name Spokane, which means Children of the Sun.  At the time of its incorporation in 1881, the town took up just 1.56 square miles.  As of 2014, the city itself had grown to an area of 57.8 square miles and 212,052 residents.

For nearly a century, the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce has focused on serving the city and the surrounding region.  As the Spokane Valley area developed, business leaders realized there was a need for an organization that would represent area business interests.  On May 25, 1921, they founded the Chamber in Greenacres.

From the Chamber’s inception, its mission has been to serve business concerns, to improve the vitality of the community, and to fuel economic prosperity for the Greater Spokane Valley.  The Chamber believes the key to realizing its mission is building an agenda that is both inclusive and collaborative with the community.  Thanks to community participation, the BIG 5 project has identified five measurable goals to draw businesses and industries to the Spokane Valley:

  • Greater Outdoors promotes and protects the area’s outdoor vitality.
  • Greater Goods showcases the area as an emerging high-tech leader in manufacturing.
  • Greater Learning integrates education and business to form the future workforce.
  • Greater Cures fosters medical research from the conceptual stage to the cure.
  • Greater Vision builds an enterprising identity for the region.

The Chamber also has an active legislative program to support the BIG 5.  It includes six activities to enhance the competitiveness of the area’s business climate, plus community projects and educational initiatives.

A Valued Membership

Membership in the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce means a great deal to the Twyford Law Office.  It offers one more important endorsement to the firm’s already outstanding reputation and provides additional recognition of its unique expertise and devotion to the clients it represents.

Chamber membership offers the opportunity to reach goals for business growth by networking and collaborating with other local leaders.  Members enjoy sharing insights on business challenges common to many of them.  Membership is also an excellent way for the Twyford Law Office to get a pulse on public opinion and to reach out to the Spokane Valley community by becoming a Chamber sponsor.

Julia A. Twyford has been representing area clients for more than three decades.  She is a dedicated and successful defense attorney for clients with Spokane personal injury, criminal law, or family law cases.  A graduate of the Gonzaga University School of Law, Ms. Twyford is a distinguished member of the Federal, Washington State, and Spokane County Bar Associations, as well as a founder of Spokane Attorneys for Equality.  Throughout Washington courtrooms, the Twyford Law Office is well known as an advocate willing to fight for its clients.

Spokane Windstorms May Interfere with Parenting Plans

Spokane family law attorneys understand that inclement weather can cause problems for parents who are trying to comply with a parenting plan. That concern is particularly pressing as windstorms, snow, falling temperatures, and major power outages cause problems for divorced couples whose holiday plans with their children might be disrupted.

Noncompliance with parenting plans

Parenting plans specify when the children will be with each parent. Suppose the plan states that the father should have the children from 6:00 p.m. Friday until 6:00 p.m. Sunday. If the father is responsible for transporting the children to their mother before 6:00 p.m. Sunday, he may in contempt of court if he fails to do so.

Parents typically get in trouble when they deliberately violate court orders. If the father decides that the parenting plan is unfair and that he should keep the kids until Monday morning, he will be risking contempt sanctions by intentionally disobeying the court’s order. The better course of action is to ask a family law attorney whether grounds exist to modify the parenting plan.

A different situation exists when a parent, attempting to cope with Spokane’s windstorms, snow, and loss of power, is simply unable to return the children on time. An unintentional violation of a parenting order cannot be punished as a contempt of court. The problem that faces the court, however, is deciding whether a violation is intentional or unintentional.

Let the other parent know

Every parent who is subject to a parenting order should make his or her best effort to obey it. No judge is happy when someone deliberately disobeys the judge’s order. Following the order is the only way to be sure that you won’t learn what an unhappy judge will do in response to your violation of the judge’s order.

When an emergency, like a blizzard or a power outage, makes it impossible to obey the order, using common sense can help you make wise decisions. As soon as you know that you will be unable to comply with a parenting order through no fault of your own, notify the other parent. Even if you do not want to talk to the other parent, you should make every effort to do so. It may be tempting to say “I couldn’t call because my cellphone battery died and I couldn’t charge it,” but you are setting yourself up for trouble if you do not borrow someone else’s phone to make the call.

If the other parent is reasonable, you will be able to work out an alternative that takes into account the weather or any other emergency that prevents you from obeying the parenting order. If the other parent is unreasonable, notifying the other parent of the problem at least shows the court that you making a reasonable effort to work out a solution. Be sure to get legal advice, however, if the other parent accuses you of being in contempt of court.



The materials available on this website are for informational purposes only and are not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact an attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. This article does not create any attorney-client relationship.

Can I Move from Spokane and Take My Kids with Me?

Parents living in Spokane often ask their family law attorneys whether they can move their children to another city or state. The answer will depend upon the unique circumstances of your situation. The most important rule to bear in mind is that you should never relocate the children without obtaining legal advice about the procedures you will need to follow.

Parents often have legitimate reasons to move. You might have an attractive job offer in another state, or your employer may want to transfer you to a different location. Some divorced parents enter into new relationships and want to follow their new partners. Some parents have legitimate concerns about the safety of their children and may want to protect them by moving them away from an abusive parent.

As reasonable as those motivations for moving may be, Washington family law always looks out for the best interests of the children. You might think it is in your child’s best interests to move with you to a different place, but the other parent may disagree. In that event, you face significant penalties if you relocate the children without obtaining the court’s permission or the other parent’s consent.

Why you need legal advice

You can move wherever you want. That does not necessarily mean you can move your children wherever you want.

If you remove a child from the United States for the purpose of obstructing another parent’s right to spend time with the child, you could be prosecuted for international parental kidnapping. Even if interfering with another parent’s custodial rights was not your intent, a federal prosecutor or court might not believe you.

Even moving your child to another state or to another city in Washington can cause problems if the move will affect the rights of the other parent. If your children are living with you pursuant to a court order (such as a parenting plan), you probably need to comply with Washington’s Relocation Act before you move the children.

The Relocation Act requires you to notify the other parent before you change the residence of your children. Since strict procedural requirements govern the content and delivery of the notice, you should get legal advice to make sure that notice is given as the law requires.

The other parent can object if the children will be moved outside of their current school district. Unless the parents can resolve that dispute through negotiation, the court will need to decide whether to approve or disallow the relocation. Representation by an attorney maximizes your opportunity to convince the court of your need to move the children.

What if the other parent wants to move your children?

If your children do not live with you and you receive notice that the other parent intends to relocate the children, you will lose your right to object to the move unless you make an appropriate and timely objection. A Spokane family law attorney can help you do that.

Your attorney can also help you negotiate with the other parent and, if necessary, can represent you in court. Whether the judge will ultimately allow or disallow the move depends on what the judge believes to be in the child’s best interests. Your opportunity to convince the judge that it is in your child’s best interests to maintain close contact with you will be greater if you are represented by a respected family law attorney.



The materials available on this website are for informational purposes only and are not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact an attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. This article does not create any attorney-client relationship.