Washington

Parenting Plans / Residential Time

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Family

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
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    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
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    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:
    Legal Voice
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    Spanish / Español
  • Parentage and Parenting Plans for Unmarried Parents in Washington

    3601EN - The legal information in this publication is designed to help you learn about the laws that apply when you have a child and you are not married to that child's other parent. It includes information on: 1) How to determine if paternity has been legally established and, if appropriate, how to file to establish the paternity of your child (called a parentage action); 2) How to get a custody order (which is called a parenting plan or residential schedule). This publication may also help you if you want to legally establish that you are not the child's parent (called "disestablishment of parentage"). Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing an Agreed Petition for Parenting Plan (Custody) When Parentage Has Been Established

    3603EN - This packet is intended to help you fill out and file the forms and papers that you need if you are not married to the other parent of your child, the paternity of your child has already been established, and you and the other parent want to ask the court to enter an agreed residential schedule, parenting plan and/or child support court order. You should use this packet only if you and the other parent agree 100% about your parenting plan or child support and you just want to ask the court to enter final court orders that follow your agreement. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Petition for Parenting Plan (Custody) or Child Support When Parentage Has Already Been Established

    3602EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers that you need if: you are not married to the other parent of your child; the parentage (paternity) of your child has already been established by court order that is more than two years old; and you want to ask a Washington court for a residential schedule, parenting plan or child support court order. You can also use this packet to ask the court for a parenting plan if you have already established parentage with a paternity affidavit; if you established parentage in the last twenty-four months, and you are looking to change who the child resides with. 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
  • Filing a Petition to Modify/Adjust a Parenting Plan/Custody Decree in a Dissolution Case

    3260EN - This packet contains forms and instructions for filing a petition to modify/adjust a parenting plan or custody decree. Use this packet only if you and the other parent have been divorced and already have a parenting plan/custody decree from 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
  • 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
  • Self-Help Guide to Following Washington's Relocation Law

    3132EN - If you have legal custody of your child, and you wish to move (relocate) and take the child with you, Washington State law may require you to do certain things first. This packet has forms and instructions to help you do those things. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Declaration Form - Family Law

    Family law Declaration court form that can be used in all family law cases. Read More

    By:
    Administrative Office of the Courts
  • 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