Use our Do-it-Yourself family law forms, Washington Forms Online. This program on Washington LawHelp asks you questions and uses your answers to fill out forms. (Similar to popular tax preparation software.) The interviews work best on a desktop computer, laptop, or large tablet. You can use a mobile phone, but it is harder on a phone.
We also have printable packets with blank forms for you to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing.
Check the list below to see what is available. This list should help you decide which you need. You may need more than one. Get only what you need when you need them.
Hire a lawyer to represent you. If you can afford to, talk to one about your case and consider hiring them to file for you. If you cannot afford a lawyer, contact your local legal services office. Some legal services offices, county bar associations, and pro bono programs handle divorces. They usually can directly represent only a very few people. If you have a low income and live outside King County, call CLEAR for a referral at 1-888-201-1014. If you have a low income and live in King County, call the King County Bar Association at (206) 623-2551. Ask for a referral for low-income representation in family law.
Take a “Self-Help” class. Some counties have classes on how to file your own divorce. It may cost more than this packet, but help more with forms and local procedures. Take a class if you can. To find out if your county has a self-help class, contact your local family law facilitator, if there is one.
Where available, use the local family law facilitator’s Do-It-Yourself packets. Some counties have family law facilitators who can help you file your own divorce. They are not lawyers. They cannot give legal advice. They do often have do-it-yourself packets designed for that county.