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Family Court

Family Court Department of the King County Superior Court

Family Law Facilitator Program

The Family Law Facilitator Program at King County Superior Court provides information and referrals to family law litigants who are not represented by attorneys.  Litigants may meet with a facilitator on a walk-in basis (walk-ins are first come, first served, and sign-in will end 30 minutes prior to closing or once capacity is reached) or by pre-scheduled appointment (for document review or if an interpreter is required).  The program operates in the King County Courthouse in Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

LOCATIONS

King County Courthouse (Seattle)
516 Third Avenue, Room W-382
Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 296-9092
                   Maleng Regional Justice Center (Kent)
401 Fourth Avenue, Room 3-D
Kent, Washington 98032
(206) 205-2526

Walk-In Hours:

Walk-In Hours:
Mon-Fri:  9:30am-12:00noon
Wed & Fri:  2:15-4:00pm
(daily recess from 10:15 to 10:30)
Mon-Fri:  9:30am-12:00noon
Mon & Thurs:  2:15-4:00pm
(daily recess from 10:15 to 10:30)

NOTICE OF UPCOMING OFFICE CLOSURES OR OTHER SERVICE DISRUPTIONS

In SEATTLE:

  • No office closures are scheduled at this time.

In KENT:

  • No office closures are scheduled at this time.

FACILITATOR FEE NOTICE

King County Ordinances 16979 and 16980 authorize the Facilitator Program to charge a fee for services.  The fee to meet with a facilitator is $30.00 per visit.  This fee is reduced or waived depending on income.    Please contact our office for more information.

HELPFUL RESOURCES 

  • Divorce Roadmap.  If you do not have an attorney and you are confused about how the divorce process works in King County, click here for a brief informational presentation on filing for divorce.
  • Simple Dissolution (Divorce).  The Simple Dissolution program is intended for agreed parties without minor children.  If you have already filed your divorce case and would like assistance with preparation of final orders, you may qualify for this program.  Please review the attached materials for more information.
  • Non-Parental Navigation.  If you do not have an attorney and you are seeking custody of a child or children of whom you are not the parent, click here for a brief informational presentation.
  • Family Law Forms & Instructions.  These sets of instructions can help you file and manage your own family law action.
  • Family Law Legal Resources.  These free or low-cost legal assistance organizations may be able to help you with your family law action.
  • King County Local Rules.  Local court rules provide guidance for your interactions with the court.
  • Learn about the Family Law Information Center on King County TV (streaming video from KCTV website).

ABOUT THE FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR PROGRAM

WHO FACILITATORS CAN ASSIST

  • Only people who are not represented by attorneys
  • Only people who know what kind of legal action they need
  • Only people involved in family law actions such as:

Divorce/Legal Separation
Family Law Motions
Child Support Modifications
Establishing a Parenting Plan
Non Parental Custody
Invalidity/Annulment
Temporary Orders
Parenting Plan Modifications
Child Support Adjustment
Restraining Orders

HOW FACILITATORS CAN ASSIST

  • Provide information on how to start certain family law actions
  • Provide information on what forms are needed and where to get them
  • Provide information on court rules, procedures, and case schedules
  • Review forms after you fill them out to make sure they are complete
  • Provide information on other court and community resources
  • Provide written instructions at no cost for many family law actions
  • Provide limited referrals for legal consultation for low income unrepresented litigants

WHAT FACILITATORS CANNOT DO

  • Assist people who are represented by attorneys
  • Assist people who are uncertain what kind of legal action they need
  • Provide legal advice or assist in trial preparation
  • Fill out your papers for you or tell you how to fill them out
  • Assist people with:

Adoptions
Juvenile Dependency
Traffic Citations
Will and Probate Matters
Bankruptcy
Name Change
Criminal Charges