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Deciding Parentage (3)+

  • Filing a Petition to Decide Parentage

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need if you are not married to or in a domestic relationship with your child’s other parent, AND you want to file a court case to decide your child’s parentage, AND: (1) There is no Paternity Affidavit or Acknowledgment establishing your child’s parentage OR your child’s Washington State Paternity Affidavit was signed before July 1, 1997 AND (2) There is no court order in any state establishing your child’s parentage. Packet # 3620EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing a Petition to Decide Parentage

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to finalize your parentage case. To use this packet, you must have already filed and served the other parties with Summons and Petition to Decide Parentage, or you must already have responded to the petition. Packet #3625EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Petition to Decide Parentage

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers to respond to a Petition to Decide Parentage. Packet #3621EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

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

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Parentage (Paternity) Self-Help Packets (14)+

  • 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 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

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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
  • Filing a Petition to Decide Parentage

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need if you are not married to or in a domestic relationship with your child’s other parent, AND you want to file a court case to decide your child’s parentage, AND: (1) There is no Paternity Affidavit or Acknowledgment establishing your child’s parentage OR your child’s Washington State Paternity Affidavit was signed before July 1, 1997 AND (2) There is no court order in any state establishing your child’s parentage. Packet # 3620EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Immediate Restraining Orders: Parentage Cases

    This packet will help you file a motion that asks for a court order giving you certain rights and/or protections in your family law case between the time your case is filed and the date it is finalized. The main difference between this motion and a Motion for Temporary Family Law Orders is that it is for an emergency. This Order takes effect immediately, usually with little or no advance notice to the other party. Packet #3608EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing for Temporary Family Law Orders: Parentage Cases

    This packet helps you file a motion that asks for a court order giving you certain rights and/or protections after your case has been filed, but before it is final. Either party may file this motion. You may ask for temporary (short-term) orders for restraining orders, a parenting plan, child support, a guardian ad litem (GAL), genetic testing, attorney’s fees and costs or other relief. Packet #3607EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Finalizing a Petition to Decide Parentage

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to finalize your parentage case. To use this packet, you must have already filed and served the other parties with Summons and Petition to Decide Parentage, or you must already have responded to the petition. Packet #3625EN 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
  • Parentage Cases: Filing a Motion for Genetic Testing

    You can use this packet if all these are true: You are involved in a parentage case; One of you denies that they are the child’s parent OR you want to exclude (rule out) a party as the child’s parent; and the Prosecuting Attorney is not involved in your case. Packet #3640EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Parentage Cases: If You were Raped and got Pregnant

    If you got pregnant from a rape, you can now ask a court to restrict the rapist’s parental rights and/or order him to pay child support and other costs. You can do this by starting a parentage case, or responding to one started by the rapist or the state. This packet contains instructions and forms. Packet #3162EN 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
  • Responding to a Petition to Decide Parentage

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers to respond to a Petition to Decide Parentage. Packet #3621EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to Motions for Temporary Family Law Orders or Immediate Restraining Orders: Parentage Cases

    This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to respond to a Motion for Temporary Family Law Orders or for Immediate Restraining Orders and Hearing Notice. Use this packet only where someone has already filed a Petition relating to parentage of a child. Packet #3609EN. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Parenting Plan Petitions (5)+

Serving Papers (1)+

  • Service by Certified Mail or Publication

    3220EN - 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. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

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