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Parenting Plans

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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: General Info

    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

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    Northwest Justice Project
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  • 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

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    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

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    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
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    Spanish / Español
  • Responding to a Petition for a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support: Parentage Cases

    3605EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to respond to a Petition for Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support when you are not married to or in a domestic partnership with the other parent and you have already established parentage within Washington State. The Petition will be on form FL Parentage 331. 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

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • 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
  • 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

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    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
  • Changing a Parenting Plan/Child Custody Order

    3104EN - Read this publication if you want to change a final court order that sets out where your child lives and with whom s/he visits. This order might be a Custody Decree or Order, Residential Schedule, or Parenting Plan. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
    Chinese / 中文
  • 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
  • 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
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
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