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Child Support Adjustment Self-Help Packets (2)+

  • Filing a Motion to Adjust a Child Support Order

    This packet will help you ask the court to change the child support amount. You may only file this motion in limited cases. Read the instructions carefully to make sure this is the right packet for you. Packet #3221EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Motion to Adjust Your Child Support Court Order

    Use this packet only if you have received papers asking the court to adjust (change) your child support court order by motion in superior court. This packet will help you file your response to the motion for adjustment, ask the court for what you want, and prepare for your hearing. Packet #3223EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Child Support Modification Self-Help Packets (3)+

  • Filing a Petition to Modify Your Child Support Court Order

    This packet will help you fill out the paperwork to ask the judge to change the amount of your child support. Before using this packet, ask your county's Family Law Facilitator or Court Clerk if they have their own packet. If so, use theirs instead. Packet #3224EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing a Modification of Your Child Support Court Order

    This packet will help you finalize a petition to modify your Washington State child support court order. Use this packet only if you or the other party has already filed a Petition to Modify Child Support Order. You can use this packet whether you filed or responded to the petition. Packet #3229EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Petition to Modify Your Child Support Court Order

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to respond to a Petition to Modify Child Support Order.Do not use this packet if you are served with a petition to modify an administrative child support order. If you are served with a petition asking a Washington Court to modify a support order from another state, talk to a lawyer before using this packet. This packet does not discuss any issues with a support order from another state. Packet #3228EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Contempt Self-Help Packets (2)+

  • Filing a Motion for Contempt: Family Law Cases

    3108EN - This packet should help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need if you already have a temporary or permanent parenting plan, child support order, or other family law order AND you want the court in the same Washington county to issue an order holding the other party in contempt for violating it. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Motion for Contempt: Family Law Cases

    3110EN - This packet is intended to help you fill out and file court forms if you have been served with a Motion or Petition for Contempt for violating a temporary or permanent parenting plan/residential schedule, a child support order, or other family law order. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Divorce Self-Help Packets (14)+

  • 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 Decide 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 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 Filing for Divorce in WA with no Minor Children (Interactive Forms) interview that will assemble completed court forms for you. Packet #3202EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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

    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. #3204EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Finalizing Your Divorce by Default

    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. #3205EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    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
    Read this in:
    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
    Read this in:
    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
  • 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. Packet #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

    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. Packet #3222EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Non-Parent Custody Self-Help Packets (7)+

  • Filing a Non-Parent Custody Case

    You may use this packet to file a case in superior court to ask for custody of a child when you are not a parent. Packet #3112EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Immediate Restraining Orders: Non-Parent Custody Cases

    This motion asks for a court order giving you certain rights and/or protections in your case between the time your case is filed and the date it ends. The main difference between this type of motion and a Motion for Temporary Family Law Orders is that you use it in an emergency. You ask for this court order to take effect immediately, usually with little or no advance notice to the other party. Packet #3124EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Temporary Non-Parent Custody Orders

    Use this packet to ask the court for an order giving you certain rights and/or protections after your case has been filed, but before it is finalized. Either petitioner or respondent may file a motion. The motion can cover issues such as temporary child support, temporary custody, temporary visitation, safety restraints, or custody investigations while the non-parent custody case is pending. Packet #3123EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing Your Non-Parent Custody Case

    This packet has information and forms to finalize a non-parent custody case. Most of the instructions are from Petitioner’s point of view. Petitioner typically prepares the final papers if they are getting custody or chooses to drop the case. The general information about how to finalize can be useful to both parties. Respondent might use some of the forms in this packet if they win at trial or the judge dismisses the case before trial. Packet #3114EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Residential Schedules and Child Support: Non-Parent Custody Cases

    Petitioners and Respondents in a non-parent custody cases may use this packet if they need to fill out Child Support Worksheets, Financial Declarations, Sealed Financial Records Cover Sheet to go with private financial records, Child Support Orders, and Proposed Temporary and/or Final Residential Schedules.This packet cannot be used alone. See our Filing, Responding and Finalizing Non-Parent Custody Case packets for more information. Packet #3116EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Motion for Temporary Non-Parent Custody Orders or Immediate Restraining Orders: Non-Parent Custody

    Once someone files a Petition for Non-Parent Custody, it can take at least several months before the court makes a final decision. In the meantime, you can file motions asking the court for Temporary Non-Parent Custody Orders covering child support, custody, visitation, safety restraints, or custody investigations while the case is pending. This packet should help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to respond to a Motion for Temporary Non-Parent Custody Orders or a Motion for Immediate Restraining Orders filed in a Non-Parent custody case. Use this packet only to respond to these motions. Packet #3125EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Non-Parent Custody Petition

    You may use this packet if you have been served with a Petition for Non-Parent Custody. That petition asks a court order giving Petitioner permanent legal custody of the child/ren named in the petition. Packet #3113EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Out-of-State Orders (6)+

  • Family Law: How to get a Continuance of Your Hearing

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

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Motion for Change of Venue in a Family Law Case

    3206EN - This packet has the instructions and forms you need to ask the court to move your family law case to a different county. This is called a Motion for Change of Venue. Use this packet if your case is a divorce OR petition to change parenting plan, child support order, or final order entered in a divorce AND the other party 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. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Motion for Revision in a Family Law Case

    3901EN - This packet has the instructions and forms you will need to ask the court to revise (change) an order or judgment. This is called a Motion for Revision. Read More

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    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

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Getting a Court Order for the Surrender of Weapons: Family Law Cases

    3121EN - Use this packet if you are a Petitioner or Respondent in a family law case (non-parent custody, divorce, parentage, petition to change parenting/custody order) and you have filed a Motion in your family law case that, among other requests, asks the judge to order that the other party turn in a gun or other weapon/s in their possession. Read More

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    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

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    Northwest Justice Project

Parentage (Paternity) Self-Help Packets (9)+

Serving Papers (1)+

  • Serving Papers on the State

    3218EN - When you set or change child support, you must notify the State if you, the other parent, or the children receive public assistance. This packet contains the forms and instructions for serving your court papers on the state. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Writ of Habeas Corpus (1)+

  • Filing a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

    Use this packet if you have a court order giving you custody of your child and the other parent or person claiming the right to legal custody has taken your child away from you. Read our resource The Other Parent has Taken My Child before using this packet. #3119EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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