Family Law Facilitators
How to Get Help from the Family Law Facilitator
Instructions for most family law cases are available here for free. The instructions have links to the forms you will need.
Appointments: We are setting virtual (via Zoom) and in-person appointments.
**Facilitators will not answer questions by phone or email without a scheduled appointment.**
If you are unable to appear during walk-in hours to schedule an appointment, please call (206) 263-FLIC (3542) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Person: We have a help desk available to answer questions, give you forms and instructions or set future appointments.
*****WALK IN HOURS Effective Tuesday, January 3, 2023*****
Kent: 1st floor, Rm A1222
Seattle: 2nd floor, Rm W-291
Kent location only
Seattle location only
Kent location only
Seattle location only
Both locations CLOSED for walk-ins. Scheduled appointments only.
We serve people on a first-come, first-served basis. Being at the courthouse when the office opens is suggested. We will start helping our last person at 11:30 in the morning and 3:30 in the afternoon.
How to Finalize Your Case by Agreement or Default
- If all documents are complete and ready to finalize the facilitators will process the documents and get them signed by a judicial officer which will end your case.
- If the documents are not complete or there are other issues you need to fix before finalizing you will be given directions on how to fix any issues and will be set for a return appointment.
Additional information that may be helpful is at https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/. There are instructions on how to fill out forms and information about attorney referrals
How to Prepare for Your Appointment
Documents must be signed: Unless the respondent waived notice, or you are finalizing by default both parties must sign all final documents.
For divorce cases:
- There is a 90-day waiting period to finalize your case. The 90-day period starts on the date of service/joinder, or date of filing (whichever is later).
You must sign a Declaration in Lieu of Formal Proof. The LFLR 5 Formal Proof of Declaration form can be found here.
For cases with children:
- Both parties must attend the What about the Children class and file proof in the court file before the court will sign your final orders. Information about that class is here.
- A parenting plan, child support order and child support worksheet must be signed to complete your case.
If you are finalizing by default proof of service must be filed and the respondent must have had an opportunity to respond (20 days if they were personally served in the state of Washington).
ATTORNEYS AND LEGAL PROFESSIONALS: The Family Law Facilitators do NOT assist attorneys or family law cases with an attorney. For instructions on how to finalize family law cases with an attorney, visit: https://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/superior-court/ex-parte-probate.aspx. Voicemails and emails from legal professionals seeking information will not be returned.July 15, 2022
About the Family Law Facilitator Program
- 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
- Temporary Orders
- Parenting Plan Modifications
- Child Support Adjustment
- Restraining Orders
- 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
- Assist people who are represented by attorneys
- Assist people who are uncertain what kind of legal action they need
- Provide legal advice
- Fill out your papers for you or tell you how to fill them out
- Assist people with:
- Criminal Charges
- Domestic Violence Protection Orders
- Juvenile Dependency
- Name Changes
- Traffic Citations
- Will and Probate Matters
- Family Law Instructions. These sets of instructions can help you file and manage your own family law action.
- Legal Resources. A list of organizations providing free and low-cost legal assistance.
- Legal Dictionary. Definitions for common legal words and phrases.
- 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. (Video posted on YouTube)