The Paperwork

The Paperwork

Typically, you will have to serve the opposing party and there are requirements as to the number of days you must serve before your hearing.  Please look at the local court rules for “service” to ensure you understand these requirements:

Local Court Rules

Also, if you or your children are on any type of public assistance, you may be required to serve the prosecuting attorney’s office child-support division.  Here is that address:

Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney

Child Support Services Division

871 – 11th Avenue

Longview, WA 98632

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Depending on the type of case you are filing or responding to, financial statements will be required.  Sometimes, your case cannot move forward until all of the financial statements are filed and served to the opposing party.

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You can find helpful checklists and forms for dissolution, establishing a parenting plan, non-parental custody and dissolution invalidities  on the Superior Court Clerk's web page here.

 

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When you file a case asking the judge to enter a parenting plan (or residential schedule), you will need to file a proposed parenting plan (or residential schedule).  If you are responding to this kind of case, you will also need to file a proposed parenting plan (or residential schedule).  A proposed parenting plan (or residential schedule) is your idea of what the judge should sign.  [Parenting plan is the term used in a custody or divorce case; residential schedule is the term used in a non-parental custody case.]

Usually one of the parties to a custody, dissolution or non-parental custody case requests a temporary parenting plan (or residential schedule).  This is often different than the final parenting plan (or residential schedule).  When you go to a court hearing where you expect the judge to enter (or sign) either a temporary or final parenting plan (or residential schedule), it is a good idea to bring an extra copy of your proposed parenting plan (or residential schedule, but make sure you fix the box on the first page that says proposed and check either temporary or final) in case the judge agrees with you and is ready to make an order.

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