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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.

  • Guardian ad Litems in Family Law Cases Cases

    3103EN - A judge may appoint a guardian ad litem (GAL) in a court case about custody or visitation rights. Any party to the case may ask for appointment of a GAL, or the judge can decide on his her/own to appoint one. A GAL may be a lawyer, mental health professional, or volunteer. This packet has the necessary forms and instructions. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • How to Work with GALs and Parenting Evaluators

    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
  • 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
  • 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