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Family Law Motions

The Family Law Motions calendar is now hearing the following matters at 1:30 pm:

  • Motions for Temporary Restraining Orders
  • Motions for Temporary Orders
  • Motions for Adequate Cause on Parenting Plan Modification Cases
Picking a Hearing Date

The motions calendar is limited to a certain number of hearings per day. You must go to https://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk/calendars.aspx to find an available calendar date. Then you can use that available date to file your Notice of Court Date form. The new Notice of Court Date forms can be found at https://kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk/forms.aspx. If you attempt to schedule a motion on a date that is full, you will be contacted by the Clerk’s Office and will be required to reschedule your hearing.

Attorney and Pro Se (Self-Represented) Calendars: There are some court calendars specifically for cases where neither party is represented by an attorney (Wednesdays and Fridays), and there are other calendars (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) for cases where at least one party has an attorney. Make sure to note your motion on the correct calendar day.

Motions without Oral Argument: There is a specific calendar for cases where both parties agree the court can hear the motion without oral argument. If you note a motion on this calendar you must file proof with your motion that both parties agree. The requirements below about timing, working papers, Confirmations/Submission List and proposed orders also apply to this calendar.

Timing

The Notice of Court Date, Motion, and Declarations shall be filed, and served on the other party at least 14 days calendar days prior to the hearing date. Responses shall be filed and served at least five (5) court days prior to the hearing date and Replies are due three (3) court days prior.

Working Papers

Hard copy working papers will not be accepted. In lieu of working papers, parties shall submit a “Working Papers Submission List” to the court by the reply deadline for the moving party and the response deadline for the responding party. The submission list shall list all documents that the parties want the court to consider. The Submission List form can be found at: https://kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk/calendars.aspx.

Judicial officers will use the Submission List to review the court file to make their determination. All documents that will be considered must be filed in the clerk’s office (either e-filed or physically delivered) and served on the other party.

Proposed orders

Please check back soon to find out more about submitting proposed orders.

Confirmations/Submission List

You must confirm that you want your case to move forward by filing the Working Copies Submission List by the reply deadline for the moving party (5 court days prior) and the response deadline for the responding party (3 court days prior). You are not currently required to call or use the online confirmation system to confirm your hearing. If you file your submission list, and later decide to strike, or continue, your motion you must immediately notify the family law coordinators at:

If you fail to file your submission list by the deadlines listed above, the court will consider your hearing not confirmed, and the hearing will not take place.

Phone Hearings Required

All family law motions hearings will be conducted by phone or videoconference. You must supply your email address and include the phone number you want the court to use to contact you on the Submission List. You must provide a direct number that will not be routed through a receptionist. You must be available from 1:30 to 4:30 for the court to call you.

If you do not turn in a submission list, or the court cannot reach you directly, the hearing may be conducted without you or stricken.

Exhibits

In addition to the page limits, and other requirements in LFLR 6:

  1. Each exhibit must have page numbers on each page.
  2. Parties must quote or reference the relevant parts of an exhibit in their declarations. The reference must include the exhibit and page number.
  3. If there are more than 5 exhibits, then exhibits should be numbered and a “table of contents” should be filed in front of the exhibits provided.
Trial by Affidavit Calendar (TBA)

Trials on the TBA calendar will be conducted by phone.

All Working papers shall be provided in a three-ring binder with a plastic cover. The moving party must provide the binder to the court by the deadline for their reply and it must include their opening and reply information. The responding party must provide the binder by the deadline for their response. Please list your name, phone number, email address, trial date and cause number on the front of the binder cover using this document. All other deadlines on the case schedule must be followed.

If you need a binder, some may be available on a first come first serve basis in front of room W-291 in Seattle and A-1222 in Kent.

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

All Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) matters will be conducted by phone or videoconference.

There will be no in-person DVPO hearings unless the court directs you to appear in person. You must contact family law staff at least three hours before your hearing to ensure we have your contact information:

Failure to email the coordinators may result in the hearing being held in your absence. In your email, or voicemail please include the following information:

  • Case number

Date of Hearing

  • Indicate if you are the moving party or responding party
  • Your telephone number so that we can contact you on the day of the hearing.

If you would like information on how to ask the court for a Domestic Violence Protection Order, or information about the Weapons Surrender Calendar, please click on the link below:

Protection Order Announcement-English  

Protection Order Announcement-Spanish

May 29, 2020

You may confirm your hearing online anytime between 12:01 noon three court days prior to your hearing and 12:00 noon two court days prior to your hearing. (See  Local Family Law Rule 6 .)

To confirm your hearing online, or to find out if the party who scheduled the hearing has confirmed it, visit The Family Law Confirmations Website and follow the instructions provided there. You will need to know:

  • The Cause/Case Number for your case.
  • The Name of the Calendar on which the hearing is set.
  • The Time of the Calendar (morning or afternoon).
  • The Name of the Motion.
  • The Name of your Attorney (if any).

You also will need to provide a contact email address and a contact phone number so the court can respond to your request.

Read the Clerk's Alert Regarding Family Law Motions Confirmation Online.

You may confirm your hearing by phone or in person either:

  • Three court days before your hearing between 2:30pm and 4:15pm, or
  • Two court days before your hearing between 8:30am and 12:00 noon.

Contact Family Law Confirmations to confirm your hearing or to find out if the party who scheduled the hearing has confirmed it.  You will need to know:

  • The Cause/Case Number for your case.
  • The Name of the Calendar on which the hearing is set.
  • The Time of the Calendar (morning or afternoon).
  • The Name of the Motion.
  • The Name of your Attorney (if any).

For hearings scheduled at the King County Courthouse in Seattle, call: (206) 477-1523 three court days before your hearing between 2:30pm and 4:15pm or two court days before your hearing between 8:30am and 12:00 noon.

For hearings scheduled at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, call: (206) 477-2750 three court days before your hearing between 2:30pm and 4:15pm or two court days before your hearing between 8:30am and 12:00 noon.