Family Law Facilitator

The Facilitator can:
  • Explain how the court process works
  • Explain how to schedule court hearings
  • Check paperwork for completeness before a party goes to court
  • Arrange for an interpreter to help in court
  • Refer to other agencies for extra help parties may need
  • Calculate child support when provided with income figures for both parties
The Facilitator cannot:
  • Give legal advice
  • Assist litigants who are represented by an attorney
  • Represent parties in court
  • Fill out forms for the party
  • Tell the party what to say in court
Forms Packets
Self-help packets are available for purchase in room M-206 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed from Noon to 12:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, except legal holidays.

Packet prices range from no charge to $35. The Clerk's Office accepts cash, money orders, cashier’s checks, and debit and credit cards.

Forms can also be downloaded from the Washington Courts website, but parties are strongly encouraged to purchase the self-help packets to ensure that they get all of the forms along with the instructions that they may need.

Appointments
To make an appointment with a Family Law Facilitator, please call 425-388-3795 and leave a message. A Facilitator will return your call.

Appointments are to review your completed paperwork and explain court procedures. Effective January 1, 2009 appointments will be assessed a $10 Facilitator User Fee. Please pay your fee in the Clerk’s Office, Room M206, prior to appearing for your appointment. If you need immediate assistance, this service may not be appropriate for you.

Walk-In Hours
Walk-in hours are from 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. These hours are subject to change without notice. The walk-in hours are for quick questions. Forms are not reviewed on a walk-in basis, but by appointment only.

Pro Se Dissolution Calendar
The pro se dissolution calendar begins at 1 p.m. each Wednesday: check-in begins at Noon. The facilitators are in the courtroom prior to the beginning of the calendar to answer questions and check final paperwork.

Waiting Period
Dissolution is 90 days from the date of filing with a joinder or 90 days from service on the other party. If the case is contested, parties will need to schedule their case for trial; it can take six to eight months for a case to go to trial.

Legal Separation is 20 days from service on the other party or no waiting period if agreed (except the standard 12 days notice required to note a hearing on the pro se dissolution calendar).

Filing Fee
The filing fee is $290 to file a new case or $56 to modify an existing order on a Snohomish County case. The Clerk's Office accepts cash, money order, cashier’s checks, and credit and debit cards.

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