This site contains the State-approved forms for appointing a guardian ad litem.
Family Law Handbook-Marriage
The Legislature directed the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts to create this handbook for distribution to individuals getting a marriage license, and to those who are seeking a dissolution of marriage (divorce) or responding to a divorce action. The handbook may help you understand the rights and responsibilities spouses have to each other and any children during and after marriage.
Family Law Handbook-Domestic Partnership
The Legislature directed the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts to create this handbook for distribution to individuals seeking to terminate their domestic partnership or responding to a dissolution action. The handbook may help you understand the rights and responsibilities partners have to each other and any children during their partnership and after it is dissolved.
Domestic Violence Manual for Judges
The Domestic Violence Manual for Judges is a product of the Washington State Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission. The manual is designed to serve as a practical reference guide for judges and other court personnel; and to serve as a textbook for judicial education in the area of domestic violence. Although emphasis is given to the role and responsibilities of the judge, some portions of the manual will also be of interest to court clerks and others who have administrative responsibilities.
This web link includes forms needed to start and complete a divorce in Washington State.
Dealing with Death (AGO)
This website, brought to you by the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, lists a number of resources designed to provide information regarding your options when a death occurs.
City of Bellevue Mediation Team
City of Bellevue’s Mediation team is a free, voluntary, and confidential service provided for the Bellevue community that helps you resolve disputes over a broad range of issues.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. They feature the latest on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption. Their State Specific Resources link is particularly useful because it provides an easy way to find State legislation on specific child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption topics.
Youth Advocacy How-To-Videos
This link leads to the portion of the Northwest Justice Project’s YouTube channel dealing with youth law issues including sealing juvenile records, healthcare for children and what to do if you are stopped by the police or arrested. It includes videos in English and Spanish.
Working with GALS and Parenting Evaluators
This site discusses how to work with parenting evaluators and guardian ad litems and includes tips for gathering appropriate evidence for interviews and tips for how to communicate effectively.