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Divorce - Self-Help Packets (17)+

  • Child Support Orders for Divorces, Parentage Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    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. Packet #3213EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Motion for Attorney Fees in a Divorce Case

    3248EN - This packet has the instructions and forms you will need to ask the court to Order your spouse to pay money for you to hire a lawyer. We call this a Motion for Attorney Fees. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Motion for Clarification of Final Divorce Order to Get Title to Your Vehicle

    3235EN - If the court awarded you a vehicle in your divorce and your ex-spouse disappeared or refuses to give you the title, this packet provides instructions and the court forms necessary to help you get it. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Divorce

    This packet was written to help you get a divorce. It provides general information about the law and some of the forms you will need to fill out. If you read the information carefully and follow the instructions, you may be able to do your own divorce. If you have no minor children of the marriage, consider using our interactive interview that will assemble completed court forms for you. Packet #3202EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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  • Filing for Immediate Restraining Orders: Divorce Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    This packet will help you ask the court for immediate orders giving you certain rights and/or protections between the time your family law case starts and the date it is final. It is different from a Motion for Temporary Family Law Orders: you are asking for a court order to take effect immediately, usually with little or no notice to the other party. Packet #3214EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Temporary Family Law Orders: Divorce Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    This packet will help you ask the court for Temporary Orders. Temporary Orders give you certain rights and/or protections after your family law case has started, but before it is finalized. Either petitioner or respondent may file such a motion. Motions for Temporary Family Law Orders can include orders related to issues including finances, property, maintenance (alimony), safety, child support, parenting plans, and Guardians ad Litem. Packet 3217EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Waiver of Your Filing Fee

    3204EN - This packet includes the instructions and forms needed to ask the court to waive (not ask for) the filing fee required to file court papers in a civil case because you can't afford to pay the fee. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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  • Finalizing Your Divorce by Default

    3205EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers needed to finalize a divorce when your spouse has not filed a Response to the case. We explain how to make a motion for default. To use this packet, you must have already filed and served your spouse with the papers starting your divorce. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Finalizing Your Divorce (with children) by Agreement

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers that you need to complete a divorce case when you and your spouse have an agreement (or settlement) and children are involved. To use this packet, you must have already filed your divorce and served your spouse with the papers. You should also have already reached an agreement. Packet #3251EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Finalizing Your Divorce without Children by Agreement (includes Restraining Orders)

    This packet should help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to finalize a divorce when you and your spouse have agreed to enter restraining orders and other final orders, and you have no children of the marriage. If you don't need Restraining Orders, use packet 3250EN. Packet #3249EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing Your Divorce (without Children or Restraining Orders) by Agreement

    3250EN - This packet should help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to finalize a divorce when you and your spouse have an agreement (or settlement), there are no children of the marriage and you do not need restraining orders. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • How to Withdraw a Joinder in a Family Law Case

    3298EN - Parties to a family law court case may sign a form called a Joinder to show the court that they are in agreement as to all the issues that a court must rule on in that case. If you signed this form but later decide that you are not in agreement, use this packet to file a withdrawal of the joinder. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • 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
  • Parenting Plans

    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. Packet #3209EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Divorce

    This packet should help you fill out, file and serve the forms and papers you need to respond to a divorce. Read the information carefully. Follow the instructions. Publication #3203EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to Motions for Temporary Family Law Orders or Immediate Restraining Orders: Divorce Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    3222EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers needed to respond to a Motion for Temporary Family Law Orders or for an Immediate Restraining Order and Hearing Notice. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Service by Certified Mail or Publication

    3220EN - This packet applies when you are the petitioner and you must serve the opposing party with the petition and other documents in your case when your case first begins. When you have tried to serve the other party in person but cannot, you can ask the court to allow you to serve by certified mail or publication. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Guardians ad litem / evaluators (4)+

  • 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

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

    If you are involved in a divorce, paternity or non-parent 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. Publication #3106EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • When you Disagree with a Guardian Ad Litem Report

    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. Publication 3111EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Your Family Law Case: If You Cannot Afford the GAL Fee

    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. Publication #3117EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

DIY Forms (2)+

  • Filing for Divorce in WA with No Minor Children (DIY Forms)

    This online interview guides you through a series of questions and when completed provides court forms and instructions for filing a divorce without minor children of the marriage in Washington State. This interview is part of LawHelp Interactive, a separate website that helps you create court forms. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finishing Your Divorce in WA with No Minor Children by Agreement or Default (DIY Forms)

    Use LawHelp Interactive to help you complete your court forms. This online interview guides you through a series of questions and when completed provides court forms and instructions for finishing a divorce by agreement or default without minor children of the marriage in Washington State. This interview is part of LawHelp Interactive. LawHelp Interactive helps you fill out legal forms, answer a series of questions and print your legal form. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Military issues (2)+

  • Divorcing Someone in the Military: Basic Questions and Answers

    3216EN - Service members who are divorcing have additional protections under the law. This publication briefly describes those protections. This publication is for both the service member and the non-service member. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Veterans: Divorce & Military Benefits

    3232EN - This publication will help you understand how divorce proceedings may affect your benefits. We explain the effects of divorce on VA Income Benefits, Military Retirement Pay and Military Retirement Medical Benefits. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Registered Domestic Partnerships (5)+

  • Filing to End Your Domestic Partnership

    3925EN - This packet is to help you fill out and file the forms and papers that you need to start a dissolution of your registered domestic partnership in Washington. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing Your Petition to End Domestic Partnership by Default

    3930EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers needed to finalize a Petition to End Domestic Partnership case when your partner has not filed a Response to the petition. It explains how to make a motion for default. You must have already filed and served your partner with the papers that start your case. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing Your Petition to End Domestic Partnership (with children) by Agreement

    3928EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers that you need to complete a dissolution of domestic partnership case when you and your partner have children and you have reached an agreement (or settlement) about all the issues in your dissolution. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing Your Petition to End Domestic Partnership (without children) by Agreement

    3929EN - This packet should help you fill out and file the forms and papers that you need to finalize a petition to end domestic partnership case when you and your partner have an agreement (settlement) and no children are involved. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Petition to End Domestic Partnership

    3926EN - This packet is to help you fill out, file and serve the forms and papers you need to respond to a Petition to End Domestic Partnership filed by your domestic partner. Read the information carefully. Follow the instructions. You may be able to respond to the dissolution action on your own. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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