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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. Or use our do-it-yourself interview program, Washington Forms Online, to complete the forms. Packet #3213EN

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for Phone and Video Hearings

How to get ready for and conduct yourself during a remote hearing (conducted over the phone or by video-conference). #9961EN

File 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

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 Mini: #3277EN

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

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.

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

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

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.

Get a Court Order for the Surrender of Weapons

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

Make a Parenting Plan | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our Washington Forms Online interview to fill out forms online. 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

Washington Forms Online - DIY Family Law Forms

To do anything in a family law case, you need the right form. The guided interviews on Washington Forms Online help you fill out the forms you need, with clear instructions on what to do next.

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

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

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

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

Finalize 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. Packet #3606EN

Finalize a Petition to Change 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. Packet #3262EN

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

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

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.

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

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

Registering an Out-of-State Custody Order in Washington

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. #3940EN

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. Or use our do-it-yourself interview program, Washington Forms Online, to complete the forms. Packet #3213EN

FAQ: Someone is trying to get guardianship of my kids

Find out your rights and options if if you've been served with court papers from a Washington court seeking to name someone else guardian of your children. #4405EN

File for Change of Venue 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 packet to ask the court to move your family law case to a different county. The other party may have filed your case in the wrong county (such as a county where neither party lives), or it would be more convenient for you to finalize your case in a different county. #3206EN

I Was Served with Parentage (or Petition for Parenting Plan or Child Support) Papers

If you were served with parentage, petition for parenting plan or child support papers, you must respond promptly. If you do not respond on time, the other party may automatically win. You may have as few as four business days to file a response. This will help you figure out what to do. #3614EN

Make a Parenting Plan | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our Washington Forms Online interview to fill out forms online. 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

Respond to 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. #3605EN

Respond to 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. Packet #3261EN

What if I am being sued in Washington State and I live 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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for Phone and Video Hearings

How to get ready for and conduct yourself during a remote hearing (conducted over the phone or by video-conference). #9961EN

Depositions in Civil Cases

Read this if you are being deposed in a family law case. #9919EN

“Doing Discovery” in Family Law Cases: Interrogatories and Requests for Production

Read this if you are a party in a contested family law case (“contested” means you and the other party disagree about issues) AND you want or need to get more information from the other party about their side of the issues. #3900EN

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

Getting Ready for a Settlement Conference

Read this to learn why you should go to your settlement conference, what will happen there, and what happens if you do not settle. #3911EN

How to Format Court Documents

When you give documents to a Washington state court, it is important to format the documents correctly. This document outlines the rules you must follow. #9938EN

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

Which Court Can Enter Custody Orders? Questions and Answers about Jurisdiction

Determining jurisdiction can be complicated. This publication tries to explain the basics in simple terms. It may still be confusing. Try to speak with a lawyer. #3102EN

Interpreters for People with Limited English Proficiency

Read this if you live in Washington, English is not your first language and you have trouble speaking or understanding English easily. Help may be available. #8902EN

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

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

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. Or use our do-it-yourself interview program, Washington Forms Online, to complete the forms. Packet #3213EN

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

File 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

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

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 Mini: #3277EN

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

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.

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

File for Change of Venue 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 packet to ask the court to move your family law case to a different county. The other party may have filed your case in the wrong county (such as a county where neither party lives), or it would be more convenient for you to finalize your case in a different county. #3206EN

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

Finalize 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. Packet #3606EN

Finalize a Petition to Change 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. Packet #3262EN

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.

Get a Court Order for the Surrender of Weapons

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

Getting a trial date in Cowlitz County

If you are involved in a civil case in Cowlitz County Superior Court AND the respondent/defendant has filed a response AND you need to schedule your case for a trial, read this. #9950EN

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

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

Make a Parenting Plan | Printable Packet

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Or use our Washington Forms Online interview to fill out forms online. 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

Registering an Out-of-State Custody Order in Washington

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. #3940EN

Respond to 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. #3605EN

Respond to 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. Packet #3261EN

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

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

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

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

Getting a trial date in Cowlitz County

If you are involved in a civil case in Cowlitz County Superior Court AND the respondent/defendant has filed a response AND you need to schedule your case for a trial, read this. #9950EN

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

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

What if I am being sued in Washington State and I live 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

Working with the Cowlitz County Superior Court Clerks

If you are filing or otherwise involved in a court case in Cowlitz County, read this for helpful information about filing papers and appearing for court. #9951EN

Family Law Cases: Trial Tips

Getting ready for trial can be hard and complicated. This publication can help. #3101EN

Getting Ready for a Court Hearing or Trial

Tips on how to represent yourself and prepare for a court appearance. #3210EN

Getting Your Paperwork Ready So You Can Get Help with Your Family Law Case

Find out what paperwork and information you can get together for your appointment with the attorney, paralegal, volunteer or domestic violence shelter staff who will help you with your family law case. #3130EN

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