Tag: Domestic Violence

New Domestic Violence Sealed Name Change Form Packet

In Washington State, if you are eighteen or older, you can choose and use any name you want, as long as you are not trying to defraud (cheat) someone. Example: it is not legal to change names to avoid paying creditors or child support.

If you are a survivor of domestic violence and you want the name change record sealed due to a “reasonable fear” for your safety, you should petition the superior court to change your name and/or your child’s name. RCW 4.24.130. The court will seal the file if it believes that safety justifies the sealing. Once sealed, there is no public access to any court record of the name change filing, even if the court does not grant the name change.

An advocate from the Domestic Violence Protection Order Advocates office and/or an attorney can help survivors think about the good or bad consequences of the name change process.

This form packet was prepared by the King County Law Library and it provides general information concerning your rights and responsibilities. It is not intended as a substitute for specific legal advice. This information is current as of April 2018.

Download the Domestic Violence Sealed Name Change Form Packet here:

Need more help or resources? Check out our Domestic Violence Research Guide.

If you need immediate assistance, call the Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-562-6025

© 2018 King County Law Library — 1-206-477-7633.
(Permission for copying and distribution granted to the Alliance for Equal Justice and to individuals for non-commercial purposes only.)

ELAP Family Law Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications

The Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications for its 2017 – 2018 Family Law Fellowship Program. ELAP’s work centers around providing free, high quality, civil legal services to low-income residents of East King County, and domestic violence legal aid to residents throughout King County.

ELAP Family Law Fellowship (2017-2018):

  • It is a year long program that focuses on training new attorneys on Family Law and Domestic violence.
  • Access to mentorship and training in Family Law, Domestic Violence, motions practice and pre-trial/trial preparation.
  • ELAP provides liability insurance and office space.
  • Fellow’s give back by committing to 600 volunteer hours over the course of the program year.
  • Orientation starts November 6, 2017
  • Application deadline on October 13, 2017

For more information, please refer to this brochure, ELAP Fellowship Program 2017, or visit ELAP’s website at http://www.elap.org/about/elap-family-law-fellowship/.

Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy

The Seattle/King County/Snohomish County YWCA, through its campaign “Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women”, sponsors a domestic violence legal advocacy program which provides assistance with issues like obtaining a protection order, completing a parenting plan, starting a divorce process, etc.  The assistance is free of charge.  For more information contact Maria at (206) 683-8277.

Need more help? There are more Legal Clinics & Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence, as well as our Family Law Guide on Domestic Violence.