Relocation

General information

If you have legal custody of your child, and you wish to move (relocate) and take the child with you, Washington State law may require you to do certain things first.

Washington LawHelp's Questions and Answers about Washington's Relocation Law provides more information about the law.

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 relocation are on the State Court website.

Washington LawHelp has:

  • Instructions and blank forms to print and fill out if you have legal custody of your child and you wish to move (relocate) and take the child with you.
  • Instructions and blank forms to print and fill out if you are a noncustodial parent with the right to time with the child under a parenting plan, and you want to try to stop the custodial parent from moving with your child. Additionally, if you are a third party with some right to time with the child, you have the right to try to stop any proposed relocation if you believe it would interfere with your relationship with the child.

Instructions and checklists of forms to give notice and get permission to move with children, to object to the request to move, and to respond to the objection can all be found on the Family Court Facilitator's family law instructions page.