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  • 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. A GAL may be a lawyer, mental health professional, or volunteer. This packet has the necessary forms and instructions. #3130EN Read More

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    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. This contains 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
  • 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

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español

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

  • 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
  • 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

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    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
  • 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

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    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

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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

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    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

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    Northwest Justice Project
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