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Washington Forms Online - DIY Family Law Forms

To do anything in a family law case, you need the right form. The guided interviews on Washington Forms Online help you fill out the forms you need, with clear instructions on what to do next. 3290EN

Ask the Court to Waive Your Filing Fee | Printable Packet

Use this to ask the court to waive (cancel) the filing fee to start a civil court case when you can't afford to pay it. Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our do-it-yourself interview program, Washington Forms Online, to complete the forms. #3204EN

Child Support Worksheets and Order | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our do-it-yourself interview program, Washington Forms Online, to complete the forms. Packet #3213EN

File a motion for attorney fees in a divorce case

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to ask the court to Order your spouse to pay money for you to hire a lawyer. #3248EN

File for Divorce | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our do-it-yourself interview program, Washington Forms Online, to complete the forms. #3202EN

File for Legal Separation with Children

Brief instructions and the forms to file for legal separation with children in Washington state. #3268EN

Get a Court Order for the Surrender of Weapons

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. #3121EN

How do I find the things I need to participate in my court case?

You may need some things to be able to participate in your court case. Having access to these things may make it more likely that outcome will be closer to what you want. This is true whether you have an attorney or if you are not represented. #9970EN

Make a Parenting Plan | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our Washington Forms Online interview to fill out forms online. Use this packet if you are a party in one of these: a.) divorce or petition to end domestic partnership OR b.) a case to change a parenting/custody order OR c.) a Petition for Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support, Petition to Decide Parentage, or another type of parentage case. Packet #3209EN

Serving papers on the State

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. If you, the other parent, or the children receive public assistance, use this packet to notify the State when you set or change child support. #3218EN

Tips for phone and video hearings

How to get ready for and conduct yourself during a remote hearing (over the phone or by video-conference). #9961EN

Ask for Immediate Restraining Orders: Divorce Cases | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to ask for a court order to take effect immediately, usually with little or no notice to the other party. Packet #3214EN

Ask for Temporary Family Law Orders: Divorce Cases | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to ask for temporary orders related to issues including finances, property, maintenance (alimony), safety, child support, parenting plans, and Guardians ad Litem. Packet #3217EN

Respond to Motions for Temporary Family Law Orders or Immediate Restraining Orders in a Family Law Case

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. #3222EN

What is a Declaration?

Find out how you can get your written testimony, or the written testimony of someone who has information important to your case, before a judge.

How to serve the other party in a family law case

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. When filing your case, make sure a copy of the petition, summons, and other papers you are filing are delivered to the person you are filing the case against "the other party" in a legally correct way. #3201EN

Service by Certified Mail or Publication

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this when you have tried to serve the other party in person but cannot. #3220EN

Serving papers on the State

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. If you, the other parent, or the children receive public assistance, use this packet to notify the State when you set or change child support. #3218EN

After your divorce: Filing a motion to get your vehicle in your name

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this if the court awarded you a vehicle in your divorce and your ex-spouse disappeared or refuses to give you the title. #3235EN

Finalize a Divorce by Default | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to finalize a divorce when your spouse has not filed a Response to the case. You must have already filed and served your spouse with the papers starting your divorce. Or use our do-it-yourself interview program, Washington Forms Online, to complete the forms. #3205EN

Finalize a divorce (with children) by agreement

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to finalize your divorce when you and your spouse have an agreement (or settlement) and children are involved. You must have already filed your divorce and served your spouse with the papers. You should also have already reached an agreement. Packet #3251EN.

Finalize Your Divorce (without Children or Restraining Orders) by Agreement | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. #3250EN

Child Support Worksheets and Order | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our do-it-yourself interview program, Washington Forms Online, to complete the forms. Packet #3213EN

File to move your family law case to a different county

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this packet to ask the court to move your family law case to a different county (File for Change of Venue in a Family Law Case). The other party may have filed your case in the wrong county (such as a county where neither party lives), or it would be more convenient for you to finalize your case in a different county. #3206EN

Make a Parenting Plan | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our Washington Forms Online interview to fill out forms online. Use this packet if you are a party in one of these: a.) divorce or petition to end domestic partnership OR b.) a case to change a parenting/custody order OR c.) a Petition for Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support, Petition to Decide Parentage, or another type of parentage case. Packet #3209EN

Respond to Divorce | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our do-it-yourself interview program, Washington Forms Online, to complete the forms. #3203EN

Respond to Motions for Temporary Family Law Orders or Immediate Restraining Orders in a Family Law Case

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. #3222EN

What if I am being sued in Washington State and I live out-of-state?

Provides general info for people who live outside Washington AND have been served with a petition or complaint filed with a court in Washington State. #9928EN

Depositions in Civil Cases

Read this if you are being deposed in a family law case. #9919EN

“Doing Discovery” in Family Law Cases: Interrogatories and Requests for Production

Read this 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 their side of the issues. #3900EN

Family Law: Get a Continuance of Your Hearing

Basic information on how to request to move your court hearing to another date in a family law case. #3208EN

Getting Ready for a Settlement Conference

Read this to learn why you should go to your settlement conference, what will happen there, and what happens if you do not settle. #3911EN

How do I find the things I need to participate in my court case?

You may need some things to be able to participate in your court case. Having access to these things may make it more likely that outcome will be closer to what you want. This is true whether you have an attorney or if you are not represented. #9970EN

How to Format Court Documents

When you give documents to a Washington state court, it is important to format the documents correctly. This document outlines the rules you must follow. #9938EN

How to serve the other party in a family law case

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. When filing your case, make sure a copy of the petition, summons, and other papers you are filing are delivered to the person you are filing the case against "the other party" in a legally correct way. #3201EN

Immigration Status and Court Hearings in Washington State

Questions and answers about when and how the court can ask about your immigration status. #8110EN

Tips for phone and video hearings

How to get ready for and conduct yourself during a remote hearing (over the phone or by video-conference). #9961EN

Which Court Can Enter Custody Orders? Questions and Answers about Jurisdiction

Determining jurisdiction can be complicated. This publication tries to explain the basics in simple terms. It may still be confusing. Try to speak with a lawyer. #3102EN

Interpreters for People with Limited English Proficiency

Read this if you live in Washington, English is not your first language and you have trouble speaking or understanding English easily. Help may be available. #8902EN

After your divorce: Filing a motion to get your vehicle in your name

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this if the court awarded you a vehicle in your divorce and your ex-spouse disappeared or refuses to give you the title. #3235EN

Ask for Immediate Restraining Orders: Divorce Cases | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to ask for a court order to take effect immediately, usually with little or no notice to the other party. Packet #3214EN

Ask for Temporary Family Law Orders: Divorce Cases | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to ask for temporary orders related to issues including finances, property, maintenance (alimony), safety, child support, parenting plans, and Guardians ad Litem. Packet #3217EN

Ask the Court to Waive Your Filing Fee | Printable Packet

Use this to ask the court to waive (cancel) the filing fee to start a civil court case when you can't afford to pay it. Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our do-it-yourself interview program, Washington Forms Online, to complete the forms. #3204EN

Changing Your Legal Separation to a Divorce

If you've changed your mind about your legal separation and you want to get a divorce OR you want to get back together with your spouse, use these forms and instructions. #3252EN

Child Support Worksheets and Order | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our do-it-yourself interview program, Washington Forms Online, to complete the forms. Packet #3213EN

Dismiss a Divorce

This packet will help you dismiss a Petition for Divorce that you filed with the court. You may use this packet if you change your mind and no longer want to get divorced. An Order of Dismissal will cancel your divorce and you will stay married. #3219EN

Family Law: Get a Continuance of Your Hearing

Basic information on how to request to move your court hearing to another date in a family law case. #3208EN

File a motion for attorney fees in a divorce case

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to ask the court to Order your spouse to pay money for you to hire a lawyer. #3248EN

File a Motion for Revision in a Family Law Case

Use this to ask a judge to change (revise) a court commissioner's order. #3901EN

File for Divorce | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our do-it-yourself interview program, Washington Forms Online, to complete the forms. #3202EN

File for Legal Separation with Children

Brief instructions and the forms to file for legal separation with children in Washington state. #3268EN

File for Legal Separation without Children

Brief instructions and the forms to file for legal separation without children in Washington state. #3269EN

File to move your family law case to a different county

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this packet to ask the court to move your family law case to a different county (File for Change of Venue in a Family Law Case). The other party may have filed your case in the wrong county (such as a county where neither party lives), or it would be more convenient for you to finalize your case in a different county. #3206EN

Finalize a Divorce by Default | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to finalize a divorce when your spouse has not filed a Response to the case. You must have already filed and served your spouse with the papers starting your divorce. Or use our do-it-yourself interview program, Washington Forms Online, to complete the forms. #3205EN

Finalize a divorce (with children) by agreement

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to finalize your divorce when you and your spouse have an agreement (or settlement) and children are involved. You must have already filed your divorce and served your spouse with the papers. You should also have already reached an agreement. Packet #3251EN.

Finalize Your Divorce (without Children or Restraining Orders) by Agreement | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. #3250EN

Get a Court Order for the Surrender of Weapons

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. #3121EN

Getting a trial date in Cowlitz County

If you are involved in a civil case in Cowlitz County Superior Court AND the respondent/defendant has filed a response AND you need to schedule your case for a trial, read this. #9950EN

How to File a Motion to Vacate Judgment/Order in a Family Law Case

A Motion To Vacate is a request to the court to withdraw a previous order or judgment it entered. This packet contains instructions and forms. #3215EN

How to Write a Declaration in a Family Law Case

This packet tells you what should be included in a Declaration and tips on how to write one. There is a family law declaration and other forms attached that you can fill out. #3917EN

Make a Parenting Plan | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our Washington Forms Online interview to fill out forms online. Use this packet if you are a party in one of these: a.) divorce or petition to end domestic partnership OR b.) a case to change a parenting/custody order OR c.) a Petition for Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support, Petition to Decide Parentage, or another type of parentage case. Packet #3209EN

Respond to Divorce | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our do-it-yourself interview program, Washington Forms Online, to complete the forms. #3203EN

Respond to Motions for Temporary Family Law Orders or Immediate Restraining Orders in a Family Law Case

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. #3222EN

Service by Certified Mail or Publication

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this when you have tried to serve the other party in person but cannot. #3220EN

Subpoenaing Witnesses and Documents

If you are going to a hearing or trial where you will be giving evidence AND you need to make sure that a witness shows up or that someone brings documents or other items, you can have the person served with a subpoena issued by the court clerk. Publication #9930EN

Take Back Your Agreement to Join Petition in a Family Law Case

If you signed a Joinder (Agreement to Join the Petition) but have since decided that was a mistake, use this packet to file a withdrawal of the joinder. #3298EN

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

Getting a trial date in Cowlitz County

If you are involved in a civil case in Cowlitz County Superior Court AND the respondent/defendant has filed a response AND you need to schedule your case for a trial, read this. #9950EN

How do I find the things I need to participate in my court case?

You may need some things to be able to participate in your court case. Having access to these things may make it more likely that outcome will be closer to what you want. This is true whether you have an attorney or if you are not represented. #9970EN

Immigration Status and Court Hearings in Washington State

Questions and answers about when and how the court can ask about your immigration status. #8110EN

Mediation: Should I use it?

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. #3226EN

What are working copies?

When you “file” documents with a court, you give the court documents for processing. Often you also need to give a court “working copies” of the same documents. The judge or commissioner will use these extra copies to prepare for your case. That way the court does not need to make copies itself. #9952EN

What if I am being sued in Washington State and I live out-of-state?

Provides general info for people who live outside Washington AND have been served with a petition or complaint filed with a court in Washington State. #9928EN

Family Law Cases: Trial Tips

Getting ready for trial can be hard and complicated. This publication can help. #3101EN

Getting ready for a court hearing or trial

Tips on how to represent yourself and prepare for a court appearance. #3210EN

Getting Your Paperwork Ready So You Can Get Help with Your Family Law Case

Find out what paperwork and information you can get together for your appointment with the attorney, paralegal, volunteer or domestic violence shelter staff who will help you with your family law case. #3130EN

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