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Guardians ad litem / evaluators (3)+

  • 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

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • 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. This packet has the necessary forms and instructions. #3103EN Read More

    By:
    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. Here are some tips to help you work successfully with the GAL. #3106EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español

Non-Parent Custody Self-Help Packets (6)+

  • File a Minor Guardianship Petition

    If you need short-term guardianship orders for the child or a guardianship order right away, use our File an Emergency Minor Guardianship Petition packet instead of these instructions. If you want both short- and long-term orders, get both sets of forms. You can file an emergency minor guardianship case and a regular Minor Guardianship at the same time. #4410EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • File an Emergency Minor Guardianship Petition

    Use these forms if you need short-term guardianship orders for the child or a guardianship order right away. If you do not, use our File a Minor Guardianship Petition packet instead. If you want both short-term and long-term orders, get both sets of forms. You can file both cases at the same time. #4412EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • If you are a parent in a minor guardianship case, you can ask for a lawyer.

    If you are served with minor guardianship papers over your child, you can ask the court to appoint you a lawyer at public expense. Learn more and get the forms and instructions for filling them out and filing them. #4404EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Respond to Minor Guardianship

    If you were served with a Minor Guardianship Petition or Emergency Minor Guardianship Petition, this has the forms you need to respond. #4414EN Read More

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

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Petitioners and Respondents can use this. Do not use this packet alone. See our Filing, Responding and Finalizing Non-Parent Custody Case packets for more info. Packet #3116EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalize a Non-Parent Custody Case

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Note: most of the instructions are from Petitioner’s point of view. 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

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project