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This section of WashingtonLawhelp.org is a complete listing of all of the DIY family packets offered on this web site. Use the menu of categories under "Legal Information" to filter resources by type of family law case.

 

  • Response forms for old Domestic Relations Petitions

    New family law forms were published on May 1, 2016. You may need to use an old Response form to respond to cases that were filed using the old family law forms. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Divorce

    3202EN - This packet was written to help you get a divorce. It provides general information about the law and some of the forms you will need to fill out. If you read the information carefully and follow the instructions, you may be able to do your own divorce. If you have no minor children of the marriage, consider using our interactive interview that will assemble completed court forms for you. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Parenting Plans

    3209EN - Use this family law packet only if you are one of these: a.) Petitioner (you are starting the court case) or Respondent (you are responding to the petition) in a divorce or petition to end domestic partnership case OR b.) Petitioner or Respondent in a case to change a parenting/custody order OR c.) a party involved in a Petition for Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support, Petition to Decide Parentage, or another type of parentage case Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • How to Serve the Opposing Party in Your Family Law Case

    3201EN - When you file a family law case, you must make sure that a copy of the petition, summons, and other papers you are filing are delivered to the person you are filing the case against "the other party" in a legally correct way. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Filing for Waiver of Your Filing Fee

    3204EN - This packet includes the instructions and forms needed to ask the court to waive (not ask for) the filing fee required to file court papers in a civil case because you can't afford to pay the fee. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Filing for Immediate Restraining Orders: Divorce Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    3214EN - This packet will help you ask the court for immediate orders giving you certain rights and/or protections between the time your family law case starts and the date it is final. It is different from a Motion for Temporary Family Law Orders: you are asking for a court order to take effect immediately, usually with little or no notice to the other party. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Temporary Family Law Orders: Divorce Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    3217EN - This packet will help you ask the court for Temporary Orders. Temporary Orders give you certain rights and/or protections after your family law case has started, but before it is finalized. Either petitioner or respondent may file such a motion. Motions for Temporary Family Law Orders can include orders related to issues including finances, property, maintenance (alimony), safety, child support, parenting plans, and Guardians ad Litem. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Divorce

    3203EN - This packet should help you fill out, file and serve the forms and papers you need to respond to a divorce. Read the information carefully. Follow the instructions. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to Motions for Temporary Family Law Orders or Immediate Restraining Orders for Divorce Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    3222EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers needed to respond to a Motion for Temporary Family Law Orders or for an Immediate Restraining Order and Hearing Notice. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Dismissing Your Petition for Divorce or to End Domestic Partnership

    3219EN - This packet will help you dismiss a Petition for Divorce or Domestic Partnership that you filed with the court. You may use this packet if you change your mind and no longer want to get divorced. An Order of Dismissal will cancel your divorce and you will stay married or as a registered domestic partnership. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing Your Divorce (with children) by Agreement

    3251EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers that you need to complete a divorce case when you and your spouse have an agreement (or settlement) and children are involved. To use this packet, you must have already filed your divorce and served your spouse with the papers. You should also have already reached an agreement. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing Your Divorce (without Children or Restraining Orders) by Agreement

    3250EN - This packet should help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to finalize a divorce when you and your spouse have an agreement (or settlement), there are no children of the marriage and you do not need restraining orders. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Petition to Change Your Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule, or Custody Order

    3260EN - This packet has forms and instructions for filing a petition to change a permanent (final) parenting plan, residential schedule, or custody order . Do not use this packet to change a temporary parenting plan or custody order. Use this packet only if you and the other parent already have a final parenting plan issued by a Washington State Court. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Petition to Change Your Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule or Custody Order

    3261EN - Use this packet only if you already have a final parenting plan from a past family law case, such as a divorce or parentage case AND you have been served with a Petition to Change a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule or Custody Order (court form FL Modify 601). Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing Your Divorce by Default

    3205EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers needed to finalize a divorce when your spouse has not filed a Response to the case. We explain how to make a motion for default. To use this packet, you must have already filed and served your spouse with the papers starting your divorce. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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