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  • How to Serve the Other Party in a Family Law Case

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. When filing your case, make sure 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. #3201EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Service by Certified Mail or Publication

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this when you have tried to serve the other party in person but cannot. Packet #3220EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Service of Process

    This short video will introduce you to the basics of what is known as "service of process" - the court-mandated requirements for delivering your initial court papers to the defendant/respondent in a civil case. Read More

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    King County Law Library

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  • Default the Other Party If They Do Not Respond

    A Washington Forms Online interview. Do-it-yourself court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive. Use this if the other party to your family law case does not respond to your petition by the legal deadline. Read More

    By:
    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

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    Northwest Justice Project

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  • Ask for Immediate Restraining Orders: Non-Parent Custody Cases

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this packet in an emergency to ask for this court order to take effect immediately, usually with little or no advance notice to the other party. Packet #3124EN. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Ask for Temporary Orders: Non-Parent Custody Cases

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Either petitioner or respondent may file this motion. It can cover issues temporary child support, temporary custody, temporary visitation, safety restraints, or custody investigations while the non-parent custody case is pending. Packet #3123EN. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Ask the Court to Waive Your Filing Fee

    A Washington Forms Online interview. Do-it-yourself court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive. Use this if you cannot afford to pay the filing fee to start new case. A judge will look at your financial information and decide if you qualify for a waiver under General Rule 34. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Ask the Court to Waive Your Filing Fee | Printable Packet

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this 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 it. #3204EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Declaration Form - Family Law

    Family law Declaration court form that can be used in all family law cases. Read More

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    Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Default the Other Party If They Do Not Respond

    A Washington Forms Online interview. Do-it-yourself court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive. Use this if the other party to your family law case does not respond to your petition by the legal deadline. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Family Law: Get a Continuance of Your Hearing

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

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

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to ask the court to change (revise) a court commissioner's order. #3901EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • File a Non-Parent Custody Case

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Packet #3112EN. 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
  • Get a Court Order for the Surrender of Weapons: Family Law Cases

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. #3121EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Getting a Trial Date in Cowlitz County

    You can use this packet if you have a civil case in Cowlitz County Superior Court AND the respondent/defendant in the case has filed a response to the petition/complaint AND you need to ask the court to schedule your case for a trial. #9950EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • How to File a Motion to Vacate Judgment/Order in a Family Law Case

    A Motion To Vacate is a request to the court to withdraw a previous order or judgment it entered. This packet contains instructions and forms. #3215EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • How to Write a Declaration in a Family Law Case

    This packet tells you what a declaration is, what should be included and tips on how to write one. There is a family law declaration and other forms attached that you can fill out. #3917EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Instructions for Filing to End a Nonparent Custody Order to Get Your Children Back

    Use this packet if you are a parent who lost custody of your children to a nonparent and your situation has improved to the point where you are ready to get them back. #3127EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Non-Parent Custody Cases of Native American Children

    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. #3150EN 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

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Respond to a Non-Parent Custody Petition

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Packet #3113EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Respond to Motions for Temporary or Immediate Restraining Orders: Non-Parent Custody

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Packet #3125EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Service by Certified Mail or Publication

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this when you have tried to serve the other party in person but cannot. Packet #3220EN Read More

    By:
    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

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Washington State Court Forms

    On this website you can download state mandatory court forms for use in Washington State courts covering many legal issues. Most of the forms found on this website are in MS Word or a PDF format. Read More

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    Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Withdraw an Agreement to Join Petition (Joinder) in a Family Law Case

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. If you signed a Joinder (Agreement to Join the Petition) but have since decided that was a mistake, use this packet to file a withdrawal of the joinder. #3298EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Your Family Law Case: If You Cannot Afford the GAL Fee

    Before requiring you to pay GAL fees, the court should consider your ability to pay. If believe you cannot afford this fee, you can file a motion with the court asking that the fee get paid another way. You must prove you are unable to pay this fee. This packet provides instructions and forms to help you make this request to the court. Publication #3117EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project

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