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In this section of Washington LawHelp you will find self-help packets covering additional family court procedures in Washington state.

  • How to File a Motion to Vacate Judgment/Order in a Family Law Case

    3215EN - A Motion To Vacate is a request to the court to withdraw a previous order or judgment it entered. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • “Doing Discovery” in Family Law Cases: Interrogatories and Requests for Production

    3900EN - Read this if you are a party in a contested family law case (“contested” means you and the other party disagree about issues) AND you want or need to get more information from the other party about their side of the issues. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Family Law: How to get a Continuance of Your Hearing

    3208EN - Basic information on how to request to move your court hearing to another date in a family law case. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Motion for Attorney Fees in a Divorce Case

    3248EN - This packet has the instructions and forms you will need to ask the court to Order your spouse to pay money for you to hire a lawyer. We call this a Motion for Attorney Fees. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Motion for Change of Venue in a Family Law Case

    3206EN - This packet has the instructions and forms you need to ask the court to move your family law case to a different county. This is called a Motion for Change of Venue. Use this packet if your case is a divorce OR petition to change parenting plan, child support order, or final order entered in a divorce AND the other party filed your case in the wrong county (such as a county where neither party lives), or it would be more convenient for you to finalize your case in a different county. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Motion for Revision in a Family Law Case

    3901EN - This packet has the instructions and forms you will need to ask the court to revise (change) an order or judgment. This is called a Motion for Revision. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • 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
  • How to Withdraw a Joinder in a Family Law Case

    3298EN - Parties to a family law court case may sign a form called a Joinder to show the court that they are in agreement as to all the issues that a court must rule on in that case. If you signed this form but later decide that you are not in agreement, use this packet to file a withdrawal of the joinder. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Name Change

    3400EN - In Washington State, if you are eighteen or older, you can choose and use any name you wish, as long as you are not trying to defraud (cheat) someone. Example: it is not legal to change names to avoid creditors or to escape a child support obligation. This publication describes the process. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
  • Responding to Family Law Actions while Incarcerated

    Are you in jail or prison? Have you been served with legal papers about your family? This memo provides general information about how to respond to family law actions such as petitions related to divorce, child support, and custody issues. This memo is not intended as a substitute for legal advice. You may be able to get legal advice about your specific needs from a contract attorney or public defender. Read More

    By:
    Legal Voice
  • Service by Certified Mail or Publication

    3220EN - This packet applies when you are the petitioner and you must serve the opposing party with the petition and other documents in your case when your case first begins. When you have tried to serve the other party in person but cannot, you can ask the court to allow you to serve by certified mail or publication. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Serving Papers on the State

    3218EN - When you set or change child support, you must notify the State if you, the other parent, or the children receive public assistance. This packet contains the forms and instructions for serving your court papers on the state. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Your Family Law Case: If You Cannot Afford the GAL Fee

    3117EN - Before requiring you to pay GAL fees, the court should consider your ability to pay. If believe you cannot afford this fee, you can file a motion with the court asking that the fee get paid another way. You must prove you are unable to pay this fee. This packet provides instructions and forms to help you make this request to the court. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project