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HOW TO… Use Informal Family Law Trials (09/2022)

If you’re involved in a family law case, you may have the option of going through an INFORMAL trial – rather than the typical/formal type. There are plenty of differences, but the general idea is that if both parties agree to it, the actual trial an easier process for non-lawyers. This video will give you a quick introduction.

Video Highlights:

  • 00:36 – What IS an informal family law trial?
  • 01:16 – Can I speak directly to the judge?
  • 02:36 – What evidence does the judge consider?
  • 07:32 – What is the importance of the Case Schedule?
  • 08:15 – What is the pretrial conference order?
  • 11:17 – Who gets to ask questions?
  • 11:50 – Who can be a witness?
  • 13:48 – Can I ask the witness questions?

Webinar – An Introduction to Adult Guardianships (3/22/2022)

This webinar – featuring guest speakers from the King County Superior Court Clerk’s Ex Parte Department and a Superior Court Commissioner – will introduce you to the process of acquiring guardianship, as well as some important alternatives.

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IMPORTANT: New Guardianship Law Effective January 1, 2022

Effective immediately, there are substantial changes to established procedures for processing of Guardianships of Adults, Conservatorships or Adults and Minors, and Other Protective Arrangements in King County Superior Court. Please review this summary of important changes to better understand what this change means for lay guardians, practitioners, and Court Visitors in King County. This document is not an exhaustive list of all policies, issues or possible hearings that can occur. You should consult the law (RCW 11.130) and/or consult an attorney.
All parties and persons are encouraged to monitor this site regularly for updates. In addition, to receive important text and/or email notices from the Clerk sign-up to receive Clerk’s Alerts.

Webinar – An Introduction to Minor Guardianships (3/8/2022)

With the help from the Superior Court Clerk’s Ex Parte department, the Family Law Facilitator’s Office and a Court Commissioner, this webinar will introduce you to the basic process of getting guardianship of a minor.  It will take into account recent legal changes that became effective January 2022.

Specific Topics:

  • 04:38 – Resources
  • 06:32 – What is minor guardianship
  • 08:55 – Minor guard. Vs. emergency minor guard
  • 11:14 – Basic steps for minor guardianship process
  • 12:02 – Overview of emergency minor guardianship
  • 13:12 – Initial forms
  • 18:33 – Initial steps
  • 20:04 – Overview of minor guardianship process
  • 21:44 – Initial forms
  • 24:04 – Who needs to be served or notified?
  • 25:52 – Additional forms if child is member of an Indian tribe
  • 26:21 – 60-day hearing/checklist
  • 27:29 – Findings & order
  • 28:06 – Responding to a minor guardianship
  • 30:42 – Service of process
  • 32:46 – Zoom
  • 38:29 – Scheduling hearings
  • 39:14 – eFiling
  • 39:55 – Q&A

Webinar – How to Submit Civil and Family Law Motions

This very informative video will introduce you to the basice of filing a motion into your family law or civil case.  It includes a Q&A session at the end with experienced lawyer Rosemarie LeMoine.



  • 0:11 – Clerk’s Introduction
  • 03:41 – Library’s Introduction
  • 10:06 – What is a Motion?
  • 13:34 – Court Rules
  • 20:43 – Forms
  • 30:41 – Scheduling a Hearing
  • 37:33 – Working Papers Submission List
  • 39:37 – Using Zoom
  • 46:23 – E-Filing
  • 46:57 – Q&A


WTEW… Using the Family Law Settlement Conference Program – HOW DOES IT WORK?

Our last video introduced you to the Volunteer Settlement Conference Program – in this video, we spend some time looking at how it works!

Points of Interest:

  • 0:36 – What’s first step?
  • 2:07 – Do I schedule the conference online?
  • 3:00 – How do I communicate with Mediator?
  • 4:34 – How do I prepare for a settlement conference?
  • 8:20 – Can I have a third-party attend my conference?
  • 9:31 – What is the effect of coming to an agreement?
  • 11:18 – How long does the settlement conference last?
  • 12:14 – Can I choose my Mediator?


Washington Courts: Civil Rule 2A

King County: Local Family Law Rule 10

King County Volunteer Settlement Program

King County Family Court Services

(Rev. 4/2022)



WTEW… Using the Family Law Settlement Conference Program – WHAT IS IT?

King County Family Court Services can connect you with volunteer attorneys who can act as mediators for your family law case. This free program can save the time and expense of a trial and satisfies the requirement that some form of alternate dispute resolution be attempted.

Points of Interest:

  • 00:40 – What is Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)?
  • 02:22 – What is the Volunteer Settlement Conference Program?
  • 05:55 – Contact information Music from www.BenSound.com



(Rev. 4/2022)

WTEW… Filing a Family Law Motion (06/2021)

This video looks at some important aspects of filing various types of motions into your family law case.

Below timepoints for some specific discussions:

  • 00:39 – Who should hear my motion – a Commissioner? Ex Parte? The assigned Judge?
  • 03:58 – How do I get my motion heard by a Commissioner?
  • 08:27 – What I want to file more than one motion?
  • 11:07 – How do I get my motion heard by my assigned Judge?
  • 15:06 – What to know about presenting your motion
  • 16:58 – New hearing confirmation procedure (“List of Submitted Documents.”)

Master list of documents that need to be filed with Ex Parte via the Clerk https://dja-eweb.kingcounty.gov/expar…

King County Superior Court forms https://kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk/f…

Direct link to the List of Submitted Documents: https://kingcounty.gov/~/media/courts…

(Rev. 4/2022)