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The Family Court handles all family law matters where children are involved, including:

  • Divorce or legal separation with children
  • Parenting
  • Paternity
  • Adoption
  • 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:

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.

All family law actions are filed in Room E609 at the King County Courthouse and Room 2C at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.

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.

Family Court operates at two locations: the King County Courthouse in Seattle, and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Most Family Court programs and services are available at either facility; however, please note that calendar schedules and hours of operation sometimes differ.

To contact the Family Court visit the Contact Superior Court webpage.