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These rules, along with applicable State and Local rules, shall apply to all family law proceedings, except for adoptions. Family law proceedings for the purpose of this rule include actions to divide the property or debts of a domestic partnership or quasi-marital relationship. Failure to follow the rules may result in the court imposing sanctions, which can include requiring one party to pay the other party’s attorney fees, refusing to hear a party’s motion, not considering documents filed by a party, or any other sanction deemed appropriate.


Official Comment

RCW 26.12.010 confers authority upon Family Courts to hear any proceedings under Title 26 as well as any proceedings in which the court is asked to adjudicate or enforce the rights of the parties or their children regarding the determination or modification of parenting plans, child custody, visitation, or support, or the distribution of property or obligations. Family Law Commissioners are empowered to exercise all the powers and duties of court commissioners under the Washington State Constitution, Article IV, Sec 23, when operating under the authority of RCW 26.12. See, RCW 26.12.060.

[Adopted effective September 1, 2004.]