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

Guardians ad litem / evaluators (4)+

  • 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

    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 publication contains tips to help you work successfully with the GAL. Publication #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. Publication 3111EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • 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

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    Northwest Justice Project

Other Court Procedures (3)+

Parentage (Paternity) Self-Help Packets (6)+

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

Relocation (2)+

  • Following Washington's Relocation Law

    Use this packet if you have legal custody of your child, and you wish to move (“relocate”) and take the child with you. Under state law, you may have to do certain things before you move. This packet has forms and instructions to help. Packet #3132EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Questions and Answers about Washington's Relocation Law

    3135EN - If you have legal custody of your child, and you wish to move (relocate) and take the child with you, Washington State law may require you to do certain things first. This publication briefly explains the law's requirements. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Unmarried couples (1)+

Writ of Habeas Corpus (2)+

  • 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
  • The Other Parent has Taken My Child

    3118EN - Read this if the other parent or person claiming the right to legal custody has taken your children away from you (with or without a court order). Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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