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Non-parent custody

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In this section of Washington LawHelp you will find general information and self-help packets about non-parent custody in Washington state.

  • Non-Parent Custody: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

    3100EN - This resource has general information about two ways under Washington law to get legal custody of a child who is not yours: 1) a non-parent custody petition filed in court under Ch. 26.10 RCW or 2) a Temporary Parental Consent Agreement (in agreed cases only). Instructions and a sample Temporary Parental Consent Agreement form are included. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Which Court Can Enter Custody Orders? Questions and Answers about Jurisdiction

    3102EN - 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. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • 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 Non-parent Custody of an Indian Child in State Court

    3150EN - The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a special federal law. It applies to cases where someone other than a parent wants to get custody of an “Indian Child.” This publication has information for people who want to file for custody of an Indian child in Washington State. Read More

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

    3123EN - 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. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Guardian ad Litems in Family Law Cases Cases

    3103EN - 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 on his her/own to appoint one. A GAL may be a lawyer, mental health professional, or volunteer. This packet has the necessary forms and instructions. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • How to Work with GALs and Parenting Evaluators

    3106EN - If you are involved in a divorce, paternity or nonparental custody case where the other parent does not agree with you, the court may appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) or Parenting Evaluator. This publication contains tips to help you work successfully with the GAL. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Getting Your Paperwork Ready So You Can Get Help with Your Family Law Case

    3130EN - Be ready for an appointment with someone who's going to help you with your family law case. That someone might be: an attorney; a family law facilitator; an advocate at your local Domestic Violence shelter; or a CLEAR advocate who is going over forms with you by phone. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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