Paternity/Parentage

Court Forms & Procedure

Ask the Court to Waive Your Filing Fee

A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive. Use this if you cannot afford to pay the filing fee to start a new case. A judge will look at your financial information and decide if you qualify for a waiver under Washington Courts' General Rule 34.

Ask the Court to Waive Your Filing Fee | Printable Packet

Use this to ask the court to waive (cancel) the filing fee to start a civil court case when you can't afford to pay it. 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. #3204EN

Child Support Worksheets and Order

A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive to calculate child support. Completes a proposed Child Support Order, Worksheets, and a Financial Declaration if needed.

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

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. #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 Decide Parentage

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 relationship with your child’s other parent, you want to decide your child’s parentage, there is no Affidavit or Acknowledgment of Parentage establishing parentage, and there is no court order establishing parentage. Packet #3620EN

File a Petition to Stop Parentage Cases Based on Sexual Assault: If You were Raped and got Pregnant

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to file a petition to restrict the rapist’s parental rights and/or get an order for child support and other costs. Do not use this if someone else, including the state, has already started a parentage case. #3662EN

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

Give Financial Information in a Family Law Case

A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive to complete a Financial Declaration and provide other financial information.

How do I find the things I need to participate in my court case?

You may need some things to be able to participate in your court case. Having access to these things may make it more likely that outcome will be closer to what you want. This is true whether you have an attorney or if you are not represented. #9970EN

Make a Parenting Plan

A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive to create a Parenting Plan proposal or order in a family law case.

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

Parentage Cases: Filing a Motion for Genetic Testing

Use this in your parentage case if 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 the case. Packet #3640EN

Serving Papers on the State

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. If you, the other parent, or the children receive public assistance, use this packet to notify the State when you set or change child support. #3218EN

Tips for phone and video hearings

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

Ask for Immediate Restraining Orders: Parentage Cases

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to file a motion for a court order in your case between the time it was filed and the date it is finalized. The main difference between this 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

Ask for Temporary Family Law Orders: Parentage Cases

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to file a motion 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.

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. #3220EN

Service of Process

This short video will introduce you to the basics of what is known as "service of process" - the court-mandated requirements for delivering your initial court papers to the defendant/respondent in a civil case.

Serving Papers on the State

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. If you, the other parent, or the children receive public assistance, use this packet to notify the State when you set or change child support. #3218EN

Child Support Worksheets and Order

A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive to calculate child support. Completes a proposed Child Support Order, Worksheets, and a Financial Declaration if needed.

Default the Other Party If They Do Not Respond

A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive. Use this if the other party to your family law case does not respond to your petition by the legal deadline.

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 Decide Parentage

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. 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. #3625EN

Make a Parenting Plan

A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive to create a Parenting Plan proposal or order in a family law case.

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

File a Petition to Decide Parentage

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 relationship with your child’s other parent, you want to decide your child’s parentage, there is no Affidavit or Acknowledgment of Parentage establishing parentage, and there is no court order establishing parentage. Packet #3620EN

Finalize a Petition to Decide Parentage

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. 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. #3625EN

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

Parentage Cases: Filing a Motion for Genetic Testing

Use this in your parentage case if 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 the case. Packet #3640EN

Respond to a Petition to Decide Parentage

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Packet #3621EN

Child Support Worksheets and Order

A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive to calculate child support. Completes a proposed Child Support Order, Worksheets, and a Financial Declaration if needed.

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

Give Financial Information in a Family Law Case

A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive to complete a Financial Declaration and provide other financial information.

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

Parentage Cases: You were Raped and got Pregnant. Now you are the Respondent in a Parentage 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 restrict the rapist’s parental rights and/or order him to pay child support and other costs. #3661EN

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 Decide Parentage

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Packet #3621EN

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

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 do I find the things I need to participate in my court case?

You may need some things to be able to participate in your court case. Having access to these things may make it more likely that outcome will be closer to what you want. This is true whether you have an attorney or if you are not represented. #9970EN

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

Immigration Status and Court Hearings in Washington State

Questions and answers about when and how the court can ask about your immigration status. #8110EN

Tips for phone and video hearings

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

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: Parentage Cases

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to file a motion for a court order in your case between the time it was filed and the date it is finalized. The main difference between this 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

Ask for Temporary Family Law Orders: Parentage Cases

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to file a motion 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.

Ask the Court to Waive Your Filing Fee

A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive. Use this if you cannot afford to pay the filing fee to start a new case. A judge will look at your financial information and decide if you qualify for a waiver under Washington Courts' General Rule 34.

Ask the Court to Waive Your Filing Fee | Printable Packet

Use this to ask the court to waive (cancel) the filing fee to start a civil court case when you can't afford to pay it. 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. #3204EN

Child Support Worksheets and Order

A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive to calculate child support. Completes a proposed Child Support Order, Worksheets, and a Financial Declaration if needed.

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

Default the Other Party If They Do Not Respond

A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive. Use this if the other party to your family law case does not respond to your petition by the legal deadline.

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. #3610EN

File a Motion for Revision in a Family Law Case

Use this to ask a judge 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

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

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

Give Financial Information in a Family Law Case

A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive to complete a Financial Declaration and provide other financial information.

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

A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive to create a Parenting Plan proposal or order in a family law case.

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

Parentage Cases: Filing a Motion for Genetic Testing

Use this in your parentage case if 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 the case. Packet #3640EN

Parentage Cases: You were Raped and got Pregnant. Now you are the Respondent in a Parentage 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 restrict the rapist’s parental rights and/or order him to pay child support and other costs. #3661EN

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

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. #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

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.

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

File a Petition to Stop Parentage Cases Based on Sexual Assault: If You were Raped and got Pregnant

Blank forms to print and fill out on your own, with how-to instructions for completing and filing. Use this to file a petition to restrict the rapist’s parental rights and/or get an order for child support and other costs. Do not use this if someone else, including the state, has already started a parentage case. #3662EN

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 do I find the things I need to participate in my court case?

You may need some things to be able to participate in your court case. Having access to these things may make it more likely that outcome will be closer to what you want. This is true whether you have an attorney or if you are not represented. #9970EN

Immigration Status and Court Hearings in Washington State

Questions and answers about when and how the court can ask about your immigration status. #8110EN

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

How to Find a Lawyer & Other Legal Resources in Washington State

General information about your right to a lawyer and how to find one. #9948EN

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