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Guide to Washington Child Custody Topics

Where to begin:

Washington child custody overview
Answers to your Washington child custody questions. How much will it cost? How long will it take? Do I need a lawyer?

Washington parenting plan and agreement guidelines
Rules and tips for making a Washington parenting plan or custody agreement. Follow these guidelines for a plan you can show a judge or use to settle.

Washington residential schedule guidelines
Save time and ensure your residential schedule meets Washington requirements by using these guidelines. See popular schedules for different divisions of time.

Washington child support calculations: 4 steps, with examples
Instantly determine your child support by entering your incomes, parenting time and number of children. See how different parenting times affect the total.

Going to court:

Court process: 7 steps to child custody in Washington
The child custody court process from start to finish, with all the resources you need along the way. How to file for custody, prepare for trial and more in Washington.

Filing for child custody in Washington: 5 steps
Follow these steps while filing to avoid mistakes that can stall your Washington custody case. Links to the forms you need, details on how to serve papers and more.

Parenting evaluations in Washington child custody cases
Parenting evaluations can play a big role in a judge's ruling. Make sure you know why they're ordered, how they work and what's expected of parents.

Washington custody hearings and trials: How to prepare
Are you ready for your custody hearings and trial? Learn what to bring, what to expect, possible outcomes and more.

Staying out of court:

Settling child custody in Washington: 6 steps
Settling is considered the best way to decide custody. Follow these steps to prevent holding up your case. Free templates and forms.

Child custody mediation in Washington
Mediation can help parents resolve child custody outside a courtroom. Could this work for you?

More about Washington custody:

Child custody orders in Washington
Learn about the types of orders in a custody case and when you need them. Plus, how to modify, enforce and follow them.

6 people to know in Washington child custody cases
Do you know what a guardian ad litem is? Do you know what a parenting coordinator does? You may need to for your child custody case.

Special circumstances in Washington child custody
No two custody cases are the same. Are you in the military? Do you have a criminal record? What other considerations might you be forgetting?

Washington child custody resources and support
Where to turn for help with Washington child custody. Links to local courts, child support agencies, legal sources, articles and more.

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