IF WE HAVE BEEN LIVING SEPARATELY, ARE WE LEGALLY SEPARATED? No. You are “de facto” separated if you have been living separate and apart with no intent to resume the marital relationship. You are not legally separated until and unless
During Covid-19, Family Law hearings were primarily limited to emergency matters and then moved to video hearings on the Zoom platform. When parties agree, hearings can also be scheduled to be ‘heard’ without oral argument. Family law hearings in King
AN ORDER SETTING CASE SCHEDULE is provided by the Clerk of Courts when a case is filed in King County. It provides a trial date, the name of an assigned trial judge, and deadlines for actions required between filing and
FAMILY LAW FORMS are available on-line, by searching Washington Courts, selecting Forms, and then clicking on the type of case you have. There are standard forms for most types of family law cases. You can download each of the forms
You may be able to file a Non-Parental Custody Petition to establish custody and request child support from either/both parent(s), depending upon the circumstances. Starting in 2021, Non-Parental Custody Petitions will be replaced by Petitions for Legal Guardianship. (RCW 11.130.190)
The basic presumption is that the court shall not modify a Final Parenting Plan – which is why you want to make certain you are satisfied with the written terms in a Final Parenting Plan, but there are exceptions. A
The parent seeking relocation of the children out of the school district is required to give written notice to the other parent. A summary of the relocation laws are contained in the Parenting Plan form. Relocation may mean a move
You can file a Petition to Modify Child Support if there has been a significant change of circumstances, even if the Order was adjusted within the last two years. This process is a bit more complex and longer than the
Most Orders of Child Support include an Adjustment paragraph. Even if that paragraph simply says “per statute” the law allows for child support to be adjusted every two years by filing a Motion to Adjust Child Support in Family Court.
The State will take action to collect child support from the other parent. In effect, the State wants to be reimbursed for that State Aid. Both parents are financially responsible for their child.