Washington

Parenting Plans / Residential Time

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In this section of Washington LawHelp you will find general information and self-help packets about parenting plans in Washington state.

  • Parenting Plans (court orders about child custody)

    3230EN - This publication provides general information about what a parenting plan is and how to get one. It also explains how to enforce or change a permanent parenting plan. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • How to Write a Declaration in a Family Law Case

    3917EN - This packet tells you what a declaration is, what should be included and tips on how to write one. There is a family law declaration and other forms attached that you can fill out. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Working With GALs and Parenting Evaluators: Tips for Parents in Family Law Cases

    3106EN - If you are involved in a divorce, paternity or nonparental custody case where the other parent does not agree with you, the court may appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) or Parenting Evaluator. This publication contains tips to help you work successfully with the GAL. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • How Do I “Do Discovery?” Help with Interrogatories and Requests for Production in Family Law Cases

    3900EN - Use this publication 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 his/her side of the issues. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Mediation: Should I Use It?

    3226EN - Mediation is an informal way to resolve disputes without going to court. The parties attempt to negotiate a mutually agreeable settlement with the help of a neutral mediator. Mediation can be used in many types of disputes. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
  • Filing an Agreed Petition for a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule or Child Support: Parentage Cases

    3603EN - You may use this packet if you are not married to or in a domestic partnership with your child’s other parent AND your child’s parentage has already been established by paternity affidavit or acknowledgment AND you and the other parent want to ask the court to enter an agreed parenting plan and/or child support court order. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • When you Disagree with a Guardian Ad Litem Report

    3111EN - In a family law case where the parties disagree about the parenting plan, the court may appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL), or an Evaluator. A GAL or Evaluator’s job is to investigate both households to recommend to the court a residential plan in the child’s best interest. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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
  • Guardian ad Litems in Family Law Cases Cases

    3103EN - A guardian ad litem (GAL) may be appointed when a court case involves custody or visitation rights. In dissolution (divorce) cases, a GAL may be involved when the parties are divorcing or when a parent has filed a case to modify an existing final parenting plan. This packet includes forms and instructions for requesting a GAL. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Parentage and Parenting Plans for Unmarried Parents in Washington

    3601EN - This publication should help you learn the laws that apply when you have a child and you are not married to or in a registered domestic partnership with the child’s other parent. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing Fee Waiver

    3245EN - Washington state courts’ General Rule 34 (GR 34) establishes who is eligible for a waiver of the filing fee to begin your civil case and other, mandatory charges. If you cannot pay the filing fee or paying it would be hard for you, you can ask the court to waive (not make you pay) the filing fee by filing a motion. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Following Washington's Relocation Law

    3132EN - Use this packet if you have legal custody of your child, and you wish to move (“relocate”) and take the child with you. Under state law, you may have to do certain things before you move. This packet has forms and instructions to help. Read More

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

    3206EN - This packet contains the instructions and forms you will need to ask the court to move a marital dissolution or a modification of a parenting plan, child support order, or decree entered in a dissolution to a different county - this is called a Motion for Change of Venue. If you need to fill out the forms by hand, download the pdf version of this packet. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • 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
  • 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
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