The Family Court handles all family law matters where children are involved, including:
- Divorce or legal separation with children
- Child or spousal support
- Domestic violence
- Some dependency matters
Listen to Chief Family Court Judge Tanya Thorp discuss the work in this 8 minute podcast
Several programs are available to serve the public and assist the court in handling family law cases. These include:
- Parent Seminar
- Family Law Orientation (FLO)
- Family Law Information Center (Facilitators Office)
- Family Court Services
- Adoption Services
- Family Law Settlement Conferences
A variety of family law instruction packets are also available online.
Information on Status Conference and Non-Compliance Hearings is available on the Status Conferences webpage.
Some actions require a filing fee which is paid to the Clerk at the time the action is filed. Payment can be made by cash, money order or personal check if it is drawn on a Washington State Bank. If you are unable to afford the filing fee, you may file a Fee Waiver Request.
Retain or consult with an attorney to determine what type of family law action you should file. If you are representing yourself and know what type of action you would like to file, visit the family law facilitators to get the forms you need, as well as information on court processes and procedures.
If you have scheduled a family law hearing, you must confirm it before your court date. The easiest way to do this is to visit our Confirm a Family Law Hearing webpage and follow the instructions posted there.