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Divorce with Children (4)+

  • Divorce and Other Options for Ending Your Marriage with Children in Washington State

    If you have children and are considering getting a divorce, you should read this first. This does not include court forms but will guide you to the forms that you need. #3240EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Helping Children Deal with Divorce

    If you separate and/or end your relationship, more decisions must be made at a time when you may have bad feelings about the other parent. Being prepared with good conflict-resolution skills and knowing how to find help if you can't resolve the conflict on your own will make things easier for your children. #3207EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Pregnancy and Divorce

    This publication is for people who are getting a divorce in Washington State while one of the spouses is pregnant. It describes what happens when a spouse is pregnant during the divorce and what can be done to address the issue during the divorce process. This information applies to all marriages and state-registered domestic partnerships. #3236EN Read More

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    Legal Voice
  • You Have Been Served with Divorce Papers

    General information on what you should do if you have been served with divorce paperwork. #3242EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Divorce without Children (2)+

Divorce & Financial Issues (6)+

Guardians ad litem / evaluators (3)+

  • Guardians ad Litem in Family Law Cases Cases

    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 to appoint one. A GAL may be a lawyer, mental health professional, or volunteer. This packet has the necessary forms and instructions. #3130EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
  • 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 contains tips to help you work successfully with the GAL. #3106EN Read More

    By:
    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. #3111EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español

Legal Separation (4)+

  • Changing Your Legal Separation to a Divorce

    You may use this packet if you are already legally separated OR have already started the process. This means you have already established the terms of your property division and child custody. This packet is for 3 situations: 1) You have a decree of legal separation and want to change it to a divorce OR 2) you have a pending (not yet finalized) legal separation case and want to change it to a divorce case OR 3) you have a decree of legal separation and want to get back together with your spouse. #3252EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • File for Legal Separation with Children

    This packet has brief instructions and the forms to file for legal separation with children in Washington state. #3268EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • File for Legal Separation without Children

    This packet has brief instructions and the forms to file for legal separation with children in Washington state. #3269EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Legal Separation: General Info

    This describes the difference between getting a divorce and a legal separation and some reasons people might choose a legal separation over getting a divorce. #3253EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español

Military families (2)+

  • Divorcing Someone in the Military: Basic Questions and Answers

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

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Veterans: Divorce & Military Benefits

    This 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. #3232EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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