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Contempt of Court (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

General Info (21)+

  • Amending (Changing) Your Petition or Parenting Plan

    3212EN - Use this packet if you are the petitioner in a family law case AND you decide you want to change something in your Petition or Proposed Parenting Plan after you have filed and served them AND the respondent does not agree with everything in your petition OR you have not received any response from the respondent. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Motion for a Parenting Plan or Residential Schedule: Parentage Has Been Established in the Past Two Years

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms you need if a) the parentage (paternity) of your child has already been established by court order in the past two years AND b) you want a Washington court to enter a parenting plan or child support court order AND c) your proposed parenting plan does not change custody (who the child lives with most of the time). Packet #3610EN 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 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
  • 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 Motion to Adjust a Child Support Order

    This packet will help you ask the court to change the child support amount. If you make this motion and give the court enough evidence to support a change, the judge will grant the motion and issue an Order on Motion to Adjust Child Support Order. You may only file this motion in limited cases. Read the instructions carefully to determine if this is the right packet for you. Packet #3221EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

    3119EN - 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. 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
  • Filing a Petition to Modify Your Child Support Court Order

    3224EN - This packet will help you fill out the paperwork to ask the judge to change the amount of your child support. If you provide enough evidence to support a change, the judge will issue a new Child Support Order. However, before you use this packet, and assuming you have concluded that filing a petition for modification of child support is what you want to do, you should check with your county's Family Law Facilitator or Court Clerk to see if your county has its own Petition for Modification of a Child Support order packet: a local packet may be easier for you to use because it will include the rules and forms for that county. 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
  • 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 to File a Motion to Vacate Judgment/Order in a Family Law Case

    3215EN - A Motion To Vacate is a request to the court to withdraw a previous order or judgment it entered. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • How to Serve the Opposing Party in Your Family Law Case

    3201EN - When you file a family law case, you must make sure that 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. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Petition for a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support: Parentage Cases

    This packet should help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need if all these are true: a) you are not married to your child’s other parent; b)your child’s parentage (paternity) has already been established by court order that is more than two years old AND c) you want a Washington court to issue a parenting plan. Packet #3602. Read More

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

    3116EN - 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. 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

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

    Use this packet only if you have gotten 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
  • Responding to a Petition to Modify Your Child Support Court Order

    3228EN - 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. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to Motions for Temporary Family Law Orders or Immediate Restraining Orders: Parentage Cases

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to respond to a Motion for Temporary Family Law Orders or for Immediate Restraining Orders and Hearing Notice. Use this packet only where someone has already filed a Petition relating to parentage of a child. Packet #3609EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • 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
  • 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 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

    3114EN - 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 s/he is 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 s/he wins at trial or the judge dismisses the case before trial. Read More

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

    3116EN - 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. 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

    3125EN - 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. 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

Divorce - Self-Help Packets (18)+

  • 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
  • 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 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 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 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
    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

    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
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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
    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. 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
  • 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

Changing Your Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule or Custody Decree (8)+

  • Amending (Changing) Your Petition or Parenting Plan

    3212EN - Use this packet if you are the petitioner in a family law case AND you decide you want to change something in your Petition or Proposed Parenting Plan after you have filed and served them AND the respondent does not agree with everything in your petition OR you have not received any response from the respondent. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Petition to Change Your Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule, or Custody Order

    This packet has forms and instructions for filing a petition to change a permanent (final) parenting plan, residential schedule, or custody order . Do not use this packet to change a temporary parenting plan or custody order. Use this packet only if you and the other parent already have a final parenting plan issued by a Washington State Court. Packet #3260EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • 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
  • Finalizing Your Petition to Change Parenting Plan

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers needed to finalize a Petition to Change Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule, or Custody Order case. It will help you prepare the final orders in your case and present them to the judge. Packet #3262EN 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 Petition to Change Your Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule or Custody Order

    Use this packet only if you already have a final parenting plan from a past family law case, such as a divorce or parentage case AND you have been served with a Petition to Change a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule or Custody Order (court form FL Modify 601). Packet #3261EN. 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

Parentage (Paternity) Packets (12)+

  • 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 a Parenting Plan or Residential Schedule: Parentage Has Been Established in the Past Two Years

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms you need if a) the parentage (paternity) of your child has already been established by court order in the past two years AND b) you want a Washington court to enter a parenting plan or child support court order AND c) your proposed parenting plan does not change custody (who the child lives with most of the time). Packet #3610EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing an Agreed Petition for a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule or Child Support: Parentage Cases

    You may use this packet if you are not married to or in a domestic partnership with your child’s other parent AND your child’s parentage has already been established by paternity affidavit or acknowledgment AND you and the other parent want to ask the court to enter an agreed parenting plan and/or child support court order. Packet #3603EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Petition to Decide Parentage

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need if you are not married to or in a domestic relationship with your child’s other parent, AND you want to file a court case to decide your child’s parentage, AND: (1) There is no Paternity Affidavit or Acknowledgment establishing your child’s parentage OR your child’s Washington State Paternity Affidavit was signed before July 1, 1997 AND (2) There is no court order in any state establishing your child’s parentage. Packet # 3620EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Immediate Restraining Orders: Parentage Cases

    This packet will help you file a motion that asks for a court order giving you certain rights and/or protections in your family law case between the time your case is filed and the date it is finalized. The main difference between this motion and a Motion for Temporary Family Law Orders is that it is for an emergency. This Order takes effect immediately, usually with little or no advance notice to the other party. Packet #3608EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Temporary Family Law Orders: Parentage Cases

    This packet helps you file a motion that asks for a court order giving you certain rights and/or protections after your case has been filed, but before it is final. Either party may file this motion. You may ask for temporary (short-term) orders for restraining orders, a parenting plan, child support, a guardian ad litem (GAL), genetic testing, attorney’s fees and costs or other relief. Packet #3607EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing a Petition to Decide Parentage

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to finalize your parentage case. To use this packet, you must have already filed and served the other parties with Summons and Petition to Decide Parentage, or you must already have responded to the petition. Packet #3625EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing Your Petition for a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support: Parentage Cases

    3606EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers to finalize a petition for a parenting plan, residential schedule and/or child support case. Use this packet only if the petition in your case was on form number FL Parentage 331. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Petition for a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support: Parentage Cases

    This packet should help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need if all these are true: a) you are not married to your child’s other parent; b)your child’s parentage (paternity) has already been established by court order that is more than two years old AND c) you want a Washington court to issue a parenting plan. Packet #3602. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Petition for a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support: Parentage Cases

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to respond to a Petition for Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support when you are not married to or in a domestic partnership with the other parent and you have already established parentage within Washington State. The Petition will be on form FL Parentage 331. Packet 3605EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Petition to Decide Parentage

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers to respond to a Petition to Decide Parentage. Packet #3621EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to Motions for Temporary Family Law Orders or Immediate Restraining Orders: Parentage Cases

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to respond to a Motion for Temporary Family Law Orders or for Immediate Restraining Orders and Hearing Notice. Use this packet only where someone has already filed a Petition relating to parentage of a child. Packet #3609EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Parenting Plan Petitions (6)+

  • 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 an Agreed Petition for a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule or Child Support: Parentage Cases

    You may use this packet if you are not married to or in a domestic partnership with your child’s other parent AND your child’s parentage has already been established by paternity affidavit or acknowledgment AND you and the other parent want to ask the court to enter an agreed parenting plan and/or child support court order. Packet #3603EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing Your Petition for a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support: Parentage Cases

    3606EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers to finalize a petition for a parenting plan, residential schedule and/or child support case. Use this packet only if the petition in your case was on form number FL Parentage 331. 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
  • Petition for a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support: Parentage Cases

    This packet should help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need if all these are true: a) you are not married to your child’s other parent; b)your child’s parentage (paternity) has already been established by court order that is more than two years old AND c) you want a Washington court to issue a parenting plan. Packet #3602. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Petition for a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support: Parentage Cases

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to respond to a Petition for Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support when you are not married to or in a domestic partnership with the other parent and you have already established parentage within Washington State. The Petition will be on form FL Parentage 331. Packet 3605EN. 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

Representing Yourself / Additional Court Procedures (7)+

  • 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 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
  • 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
  • How to Serve the Opposing Party in Your Family Law Case

    3201EN - When you file a family law case, you must make sure that 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. 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
  • 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
  • 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 Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Serving Papers (3)+

  • How to Serve the Opposing Party in Your Family Law Case

    3201EN - When you file a family law case, you must make sure that 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. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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
  • 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

Child Support Adjustment 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. If you make this motion and give the court enough evidence to support a change, the judge will grant the motion and issue an Order on Motion to Adjust Child Support Order. You may only file this motion in limited cases. Read the instructions carefully to determine if 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 gotten 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 Packets (3)+

  • Filing a Petition to Modify Your Child Support Court Order

    3224EN - This packet will help you fill out the paperwork to ask the judge to change the amount of your child support. If you provide enough evidence to support a change, the judge will issue a new Child Support Order. However, before you use this packet, and assuming you have concluded that filing a petition for modification of child support is what you want to do, you should check with your county's Family Law Facilitator or Court Clerk to see if your county has its own Petition for Modification of a Child Support order packet: a local packet may be easier for you to use because it will include the rules and forms for that county. 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

    3228EN - 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. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Writ of Habeas Corpus (1)+

  • Filing a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

    3119EN - 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. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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