General information about getting divorced is available from Washington LawHelp.
Clark County's Family Court Facilitator program provides assistance to individuals who choose to represent themselves in matters dealing with many family law issues. The facilitator is available for in-person assistance by appointment for a fee.
Forms and instructions
Washington State's official mandatory pattern forms for divorce (dissolution) cases are on the State Court website. The forms are listed in the order they are filed in a typical divorce.
Washington LawHelp has forms and instructions for divorce proceedings:
- Divorce and Other Options for Ending Your Marriage without Children in Washington State has information if you do not have children and are considering getting a divorce. This does not include court forms but will guide you to the forms you need.
- Guides with instructions and forms for typical divorce procedures including filing for divorce, responding to a divorce, filing for legal separation, serving papers, and more.
- An online interactive guide for divorce that can help you fill out the forms to start your case.
- An online interactive guide for divorce that can help you fill out the forms to respond to a divorce case.
Washington LawHelp also has forms and instructions if there is a child from the marriage:
- Divorce and Other Options for Ending Your Marriage with Children in Washington State has information if you have children and are considering getting a divorce. This does not include court forms but will guide you to the forms you need.
- Make a parenting plan - printable packet with forms that you can fill out by hand
- Make a parenting plan - online interview that can help you fill out the forms
- Amending (Changing) Your Petition or Parenting Plan - for use if you've already filed your family law case and want to change something in your Petition or parenting plan
Instructions and checklists of forms to ask for, respond to, and finalize a divorce can be found on the Family Court Facilitator's family law instructions page.
Resources that are available from the State Court include:
- Family Law Handbook Marriage Edition with information about marriage and divorce
- Family Law Handbook Domestic Partnership Edition with information about domestic partnerships and dissolution
Washington LawHelp has information about how to enforce (make sure everyone follows) the final divorce order and collect the money or property your ex-spouse must pay or give you.
Additional print resources about divorce and dissolution as well as other family law topics are available at the law library.
Free eBooks about divorce and other family law topics