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  • 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 Decide Parentage or b.) Either parent in a Petition to Change Parenting Plan. Packet #3213EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Family Law Forms in Spanish

    A link to the family law forms that have been translated into Spanish by the Administrative Office of the Courts. Read More

    By:
    Administrative Office of the Courts
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Filing a Motion for a Parenting Plan or Residential Schedule: Parentage Has Been Established in the Past Two Years

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms you need if a) the parentage (paternity) of your child has already been established by court order in the past two years AND b) you want a Washington court to enter a parenting plan or child support court order AND c) your proposed parenting plan does not change custody (who the child lives with most of the time). Packet #3610EN Read More

    By:
    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

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

    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. #3119EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Petition to Change Your Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule, or Custody Order

    This packet has forms and instructions for filing a petition to change a permanent (final) parenting plan, residential schedule, or custody order . Do not use this packet to change a temporary parenting plan or custody order. Use this packet only if you and the other parent already have a final parenting plan issued by a Washington State Court. Packet #3260EN. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Filing a Petition to Enforce an Out-of-State Custody Order

    3942EN - Use this packet if you have a custody order from another state, you have not registered it in Washington, and you need to take some quick action on your custody order here in Washington state, including getting a hearing as soon as you can. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Immediate Restraining Orders: Divorce Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    This packet will help you ask the court for immediate orders giving you certain rights and/or protections between the time your family law case starts and the date it is final. It is different from a Motion for Temporary Family Law Orders: you are asking for a court order to take effect immediately, usually with little or no notice to the other party. Packet #3214EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Temporary Family Law Orders: Divorce Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    This packet will help you ask the court for Temporary Orders. Temporary Orders give you certain rights and/or protections after your family law case has started, but before it is finalized. Either petitioner or respondent may file such a motion. Motions for Temporary Family Law Orders can include orders related to issues including finances, property, maintenance (alimony), safety, child support, parenting plans, and Guardians ad Litem. Packet #3217EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • 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

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • How to Serve the Opposing Party in Your Family Law Case

    3201EN - When you file a family law case, you must make sure that 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. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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

    By:
    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 #3602EN Read More

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

    This packet applies when you are the petitioner and you must serve the opposing party with the petition and other documents in your case when your case first begins. When you have tried to serve the other party in person but cannot, you can ask the court to allow you to serve by certified mail or publication. Packet #3220EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Services for Family Court Cases in WA

    Some superior courts have family law facilitator programs to help you represent yourself in court and parenting seminars you might have to attend. If you do not get help from a lawyer, you may be able to from a facilitator. #3246EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project

Finalizing Your Case (2)+

Changing Your Parenting Plan (4)+

  • Amending (Changing) Your Petition or Parenting Plan

    Use this packet if you are the petitioner in a family law case AND you decide you want to change something in your Petition or Proposed Parenting Plan after you have filed and served them AND the respondent does not agree with everything in your petition OR you have not received any response from the respondent. Packet #3212EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Petition to Change Your Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule, or Custody Order

    This packet has forms and instructions for filing a petition to change a permanent (final) parenting plan, residential schedule, or custody order . Do not use this packet to change a temporary parenting plan or custody order. Use this packet only if you and the other parent already have a final parenting plan issued by a Washington State Court. Packet #3260EN. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Filing for Immediate Restraining Orders: Divorce Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    This packet will help you ask the court for immediate orders giving you certain rights and/or protections between the time your family law case starts and the date it is final. It is different from a Motion for Temporary Family Law Orders: you are asking for a court order to take effect immediately, usually with little or no notice to the other party. Packet #3214EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Temporary Family Law Orders: Divorce Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    This packet will help you ask the court for Temporary Orders. Temporary Orders give you certain rights and/or protections after your family law case has started, but before it is finalized. Either petitioner or respondent may file such a motion. Motions for Temporary Family Law Orders can include orders related to issues including finances, property, maintenance (alimony), safety, child support, parenting plans, and Guardians ad Litem. Packet #3217EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project

Enforcing Your Parenting Plan (3)+

  • Filing a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

    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. #3119EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Petition to Enforce an Out-of-State Custody Order

    3942EN - Use this packet if you have a custody order from another state, you have not registered it in Washington, and you need to take some quick action on your custody order here in Washington state, including getting a hearing as soon as you can. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • How Do I Register an Out-of-State Custody Order in Washington?

    3940EN - This self-help packet contains the necessary forms for individuals who have a custody order from another state and want it to have full effect in Washington. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project

Responding to Court Papers (7)+

Getting Ready for Court (7)+

I Need a Court Interpreter (2)+

Trial Tips (2)+

Working with a Lawyer (3)+

Court Forms - listed alphabetically (27)+

  • Amending (Changing) Your Petition or Parenting Plan

    Use this packet if you are the petitioner in a family law case AND you decide you want to change something in your Petition or Proposed Parenting Plan after you have filed and served them AND the respondent does not agree with everything in your petition OR you have not received any response from the respondent. Packet #3212EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • 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 Decide Parentage or b.) Either parent in a Petition to Change Parenting Plan. Packet #3213EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Declaration Form - Family Law

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

    By:
    Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Family Law Forms in Spanish

    A link to the family law forms that have been translated into Spanish by the Administrative Office of the Courts. Read More

    By:
    Administrative Office of the Courts
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Filing a Motion for a Parenting Plan or Residential Schedule: Parentage Has Been Established in the Past Two Years

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms you need if a) the parentage (paternity) of your child has already been established by court order in the past two years AND b) you want a Washington court to enter a parenting plan or child support court order AND c) your proposed parenting plan does not change custody (who the child lives with most of the time). Packet #3610EN Read More

    By:
    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

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

    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. #3119EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Petition to Change Your Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule, or Custody Order

    This packet has forms and instructions for filing a petition to change a permanent (final) parenting plan, residential schedule, or custody order . Do not use this packet to change a temporary parenting plan or custody order. Use this packet only if you and the other parent already have a final parenting plan issued by a Washington State Court. Packet #3260EN. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Filing a Petition to Enforce an Out-of-State Custody Order

    3942EN - Use this packet if you have a custody order from another state, you have not registered it in Washington, and you need to take some quick action on your custody order here in Washington state, including getting a hearing as soon as you can. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Immediate Restraining Orders: Divorce Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    This packet will help you ask the court for immediate orders giving you certain rights and/or protections between the time your family law case starts and the date it is final. It is different from a Motion for Temporary Family Law Orders: you are asking for a court order to take effect immediately, usually with little or no notice to the other party. Packet #3214EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Temporary Family Law Orders: Divorce Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    This packet will help you ask the court for Temporary Orders. Temporary Orders give you certain rights and/or protections after your family law case has started, but before it is finalized. Either petitioner or respondent may file such a motion. Motions for Temporary Family Law Orders can include orders related to issues including finances, property, maintenance (alimony), safety, child support, parenting plans, and Guardians ad Litem. Packet #3217EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing Your 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 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. Packet #3606EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing Your Petition to Change Parenting Plan

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers needed to finalize a Petition to Change Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule, or Custody Order case. It will help you prepare the final orders in your case and present them to the judge. Packet #3262EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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

    By:
    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 Do I Register an Out-of-State Custody Order in Washington?

    3940EN - This self-help packet contains the necessary forms for individuals who have a custody order from another state and want it to have full effect in Washington. 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. Read More

    By:
    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
  • 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

    By:
    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 #3602EN Read More

    By:
    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

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Petition to Change Your Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule or Custody Order

    Use this packet only if you already have a final parenting plan from a past family law case, such as a divorce or parentage case AND you have been served with a Petition to Change a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule or Custody Order (court form FL Modify 601). Packet #3261EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to Motions for Temporary Family Law Orders or Immediate Restraining Orders: Divorce Cases and Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers needed to respond to a Motion for Temporary Family Law Orders or for an Immediate Restraining Order and Hearing Notice. Packet #3222EN Read More

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

    This packet applies when you are the petitioner and you must serve the opposing party with the petition and other documents in your case when your case first begins. When you have tried to serve the other party in person but cannot, you can ask the court to allow you to serve by certified mail or publication. 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

    By:
    Administrative Office of the Courts
  • 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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