Family Law Forms & Instructions


 Beginning May 1, 2016, new pattern forms will be accepted for all family law cases and required as of July 1, 2016. Please see the new pattern forms at Washington State Courts
  • Starting May 1, 2016, you may file the new family law forms, but as of July 1, 2016, you must file the file the new forms.
  • Up to May 1, 2016, continue to file the domestic relations forms. You can find them:
    • in the Categories for "Ending the Marriage," "Third-Party Custody," "Unmarried Parents," Parenting Plan/Residential Schedule," "Child Support," and "Child Relocation;" on the Washington State Court Forms page, and
    • under the heading "Domestic Relations," in the List of All Forms on the Washington State Court Forms page.
  • A case started before May 1, 2016, on the domestic relations forms should be completed after May 1, 2016, with the new family law forms. Exceptions:
    • Response to Petition. If the petitioner serves a petition before May 1, 2016, the respondent should respond to the petition using the domestic relations response form. The domestic relations response forms will be available at Washington State Court Forms at least until May 1, 2017.
    • Proposed orders that were proposed on the domestic relations forms before May 1, 2016, may be entered as final orders after May 1, 2016.

Find Family Law Forms & Instructions

  • Family law help 
    Over 15 different slide shows walk you through the filing of different documents in family law matters. This is provided by Tacoma-Pierce County Coordinated Family Law Project.
  • Neighborhood legal and family law clinics 
    Local listing of available clinics. Provided by Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services
  • Washington law help 
    Get self-help information and find legal aid providers. This is provided by the Northwest Justice Project.
  • Washington State courts
    This state website has all the forms required for beginning and finishing a family law matter. Detailed instructions are given to help you complete the forms. Some resources are available in other languages. This is provided by Administrative Office of the Courts.

Specific to Pierce County

  • Parties Contact Information for GAL - Contact Information Sheet to complete when GAL is authorized. Information will be forwarded by the Court to the appointed GAL to help the process continue in a timely manner.
  • Addendum to Order Appointing 26.09 GAL -The State pattern forms do not include language for retainer disbursal and can create confusion with Pierce County's regular practices regarding 26.09 GALs. This addendum includes the retainer disbursal language and other paragraphs addressing Pierce County Policy. It should be entered whenever a GAL is appointed for a 26.09 parenting investigation.
  • Neighborhood Legal and Family Law Clinics - This is a local listing of available clinics and is provided by Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services.
  • Noncompliance Order and Hearings - How to respond to a noncompliance order and links to documents and other sites to answer your questions.
  • Parenting Seminars - Here are details regarding the approved Impact on Children Seminar required for dissolutions, modifications of custody, non-parental custody and establishment of residential schedules filed in Pierce County.
  • Trial Overview - Learn about going to trial without an attorney.
  • Uncontested Dissolutions - Find out how you can finalize your dissolution without a trial.
  • What You Need for a Family Law Trial - Read trial information for family law cases.