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  • Amending (Changing) Your Petition or Parenting Plan

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this if you are the petitioner in a family law case AND you decide to change something in your Petition or Proposed Parenting Plan after you have filed and served them AND Respondent does not agree with everything in your petition OR you have not received any response from Respondent. Packet #3212EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
  • Ask for Immediate Restraining Orders: Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    Instructions and forms for asking a court order giving you certain rights and/or protections between the time your 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 #3263EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Ask for Temporary Family Law Orders: Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    Instructions and forms to ask for a court order giving you certain rights and/or protections after your Petition to Change Parenting Plan case has started, but before it is final. #3264EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Child Support Worksheets and Order | Printable Packet

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Packet #3213EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • File an Agreed Petition for a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule or Child Support: Parentage Cases

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this if you are not married to or in a domestic partnership with your child’s other parent, your child’s parentage has already been established by parentage affidavit or acknowledgment, and you both 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 - CLEAR Intake Line
  • File a Petition for a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule and/or Child Support: Parentage Cases

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this if you are not married to your child’s other parent, your child’s parentage was established by court order more than two years ago, and you want a Washington court to issue a parenting plan. If you are in agreement with the other parties, use our File an Agreed Petition for Parenting Plan packet. #3602EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
  • File a Petition to Change a Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule, or Custody Order

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Do not use this to change a temporary parenting plan or custody order. Use this only if you and the other parent already have a final parenting plan issued by a Washington State Court. Packet #3260EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • File a Petition to Enforce an Out-of-State Custody Order

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this 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. #3942EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
  • Filing a Motion for a Parenting Plan or Residential Schedule: Parentage Has Been Established in the Past Two Years

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this if the parentage of your child has already been established by court order in the past two years, you want a Washington court to enter a parenting plan or child support court order, and your proposed parenting plan does not change custody. Packet #3610EN Read More

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

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this 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. #3119EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
  • Following Washington's Relocation Law

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this if you have legal custody of your child, and you wish to move (“relocate”) and take the child with you. Packet #3132EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
  • 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 - CLEAR Intake Line
  • Make a Parenting Plan | Printable Packet

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this packet if you are: a party in one of these: a.) divorce or petition to end domestic partnership OR b.) a case to change a parenting/custody order OR c.) 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
  • 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

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    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line

Serving Papers (2)+

  • How to Serve the Opposing Party in Your 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

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    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
    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 - CLEAR Intake Line

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Change Your Parenting Plan (4)+

  • Amending (Changing) Your Petition or Parenting Plan

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this if you are the petitioner in a family law case AND you decide to change something in your Petition or Proposed Parenting Plan after you have filed and served them AND Respondent does not agree with everything in your petition OR you have not received any response from Respondent. Packet #3212EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
  • Ask for Immediate Restraining Orders: Petition to Change Parenting Plan Cases

    Instructions and forms for asking a court order giving you certain rights and/or protections between the time your 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 #3263EN Read More

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

    Instructions and forms to ask for a court order giving you certain rights and/or protections after your Petition to Change Parenting Plan case has started, but before it is final. #3264EN Read More

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

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Do not use this to change a temporary parenting plan or custody order. Use this 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 - CLEAR Intake Line
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español

Enforce Your Parenting Plan (3)+

  • File a Petition to Enforce an Out-of-State Custody Order

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this 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. #3942EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
  • Filing a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

    Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this 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. #3119EN Read More

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

    3940EN - Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to make sure your custody order from another state has full effect in Washington. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line

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  • 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

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    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
  • Mediation: Should I Use It?

    Mediation is an informal way to resolve disputes without going to court. The parties attempt to negotiate a mutually agreeable settlement with the help of a neutral mediator. Mediation can be used in many types of disputes. #3226EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
  • Responding to Washington State Litigation From Out of State

    Provides general info for people who live outside Washington AND have been served with a petition or complaint filed with a court in Washington state. #9928EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • What are Working Copies?

    When you “file” documents with a court, you give the court documents for processing. Often you also need to give a court “working copies” of the same documents. The judge or commissioner will use these extra copies to prepare for your case. That way the court does not need to make copies itself. #9952EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
  • Working with the Cowlitz County Superior Court Clerks

    If you are filing or otherwise involved in a court case in Cowlitz County, this will provide you with helpful information that so that you can file papers and appear for court faster and more easily. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line

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