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Parenting Plans/Custody

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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.

  • 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

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
    Chinese / 中文
  • Child Support Orders for Divorces, Parentage Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    3213EN - Use this family law packet only if you are a.) Petitioner (starting the court case) or Respondent (responding to the petition) in a family law case where someone is asking for a child support order. Examples of such cases: Petition for Divorce, Petition to End Domestic Partnership, Petition to Establish Parentage or b.) Either parent in a Petition to Change Parenting Plan. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Motion for a Parenting Plan or Residential Schedule: Parentage Has Been Established in the Past Two Years

    3610EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms you need if a) the parentage (paternity) of your child has already been established by court order in the past two years AND b) you want a Washington court to enter a parenting plan or child support court order AND c) your proposed parenting plan does not change custody (who the child lives with most of the time). Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • 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
  • 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
  • Filing a Petition to Enforce an Out-of-State Custody Order

    3942EN - Use this packet if you have a custody order from another state, you have not registered it in Washington, and you need to take some quick action on your custody order here in Washington state, including getting a hearing as soon as you can. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing Your Petition for a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support: Parentage Cases

    3606EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers to finalize a petition for a parenting plan, residential schedule and/or child support case. Use this packet only if the petition in your case was on form number FL Parentage 331. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing Your Petition to Change Parenting Plan

    3262EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers needed to finalize a Petition to Change Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule, or Custody Order case. It will help you prepare the final orders in your case and present them to the judge. 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
  • 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 Do I Register an Out-of-State Custody Order in Washington?

    3940EN - This self-help packet contains the necessary forms for individuals who have a custody order from another state and want it to have full effect in Washington. 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
  • 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
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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