- you and the other parent disagree about anything
- someone besides you or the other parent has legal custody of a child in the petition
If any other person has physical custody or claims a right to custody or visitation, talk with a lawyer about whether to use this packet.
Generally, you can use this packet if parentage was established by signing a Paternity or Parentage Affidavit or Acknowledgment in Washington State, and you currently have no parenting plan. If you already have a parenting plan and you want to change it, you must file a Petition to Change Parenting Plan. Do not use this packet.
- If you are using this after establishing parentage using a Paternity or Parentage Affidavit or Acknowledgment, make sure at least 60 days have passed since the filing of the Affidavit or Acknowledgment with the Washington State Department of Health. Call the Department of Health at (360) 236-4300 to find out when the Affidavit or Acknowledgment was filed.
This packet only discusses parenting plans. We do not recommend you file for a Residential Schedule. It does not say who can make decisions for the children. A parenting plan does. If you must use a Residential Schedule or have a strong preference, the form (FL Parentage 304) is available at courts.wa.gov/forms.
You can also use this packet and our Child Support Worksheets and Order packet to ask for a child support order. Or, you could just ask the Division of Child Support to start an administrative case for you. Read How Can I Collect Child Support? and Parentage and Parenting Plans for Unmarried Parents in Washington.
If a court established parentage less than 24 months ago, but did not sign a Parenting Plan, you can just file a motion for a parenting plan. Get the forms from the state courts website at courts.wa.gov/forms:
- Motion for Parenting Plan or Residential Schedule (within 2 years of Final Parentage Order), form number FL Parentage 317
- Order on Motion for Parenting Plan or Residential Schedule, form number FL Parentage 318
* To change an existing parenting pan, use our File a Petition to Change Your Parenting Plan, Residential Schedule, or Custody Order packet.