§ 26.09.002 Policy
§ 26.09.003 Policy — Intent — Findings
§ 26.09.004 Definitions
§ 26.09.006 Mandatory use of approved forms
§ 26.09.010 Civil practice to govern — Designation of proceedings — Decrees
§ 26.09.013 Interpretive services — Literacy assistance — Guardian ad litem charges — Telephone or interactive videoconference participation — Residential time in cases involving domestic violence or child abuse &mdash
§ 26.09.015 Mediation proceedings
§ 26.09.016 Mediation in cases involving domestic violence or child abuse
§ 26.09.020 Petition — Dissolution of marriage or domestic partnership, legal separation, or for a declaration concerning validity of marriage or domestic partnership — Contents — Parties — Certificate
§ 26.09.030 Petition for dissolution of marriage or domestic partnership — Court proceedings, findings — Transfer to family court — Legal separation in lieu of dissolution
§ 26.09.040 Petition to have marriage or domestic partnership declared invalid or judicial determination of validity — Procedure — Findings — Grounds — Legitimacy of children
§ 26.09.050 Decrees — Contents — Restraining orders — Enforcement — Notice of termination or modification of restraining order
§ 26.09.060 Temporary maintenance or child support — Temporary restraining order — Preliminary injunction — Domestic violence or antiharassment protection order — Notice of termination or modification of restraining or
§ 26.09.070 Separation contracts
§ 26.09.080 Disposition of property and liabilities — Factors
§ 26.09.090 Maintenance orders for either spouse or either domestic partner — Factors
§ 26.09.100 Child support — Apportionment of expense — Periodic adjustments or modifications
§ 26.09.105 Child support — Medical support — Conditions
§ 26.09.110 Minor or dependent child — Court appointed attorney to represent — Payment of costs, fees, and disbursements
§ 26.09.120 Support or maintenance payments — To whom paid
§ 26.09.135 Order or decree for child support — Compliance with RCW 26.23.050
§ 26.09.138 Mandatory assignment of public retirement benefits — Remedies exclusive
§ 26.09.140 Payment of costs, attorneys’ fees, etc
§ 26.09.150 Decree of dissolution of marriage or domestic partnership, legal separation, or declaration of invalidity — Finality — Appeal — Conversion of decree of legal separation to decree of dissolution — Name of pa
§ 26.09.160 Failure to comply with decree or temporary injunction — Obligation to make support or maintenance payments or permit contact with children not suspended — Penalties
§ 26.09.165 Court orders — Required language
§ 26.09.170 Modification of decree for maintenance or support, property disposition — Termination of maintenance obligation and child support — Grounds
§ 26.09.175 Modification of order of child support
§ 26.09.181 Procedure for determining permanent parenting plan
§ 26.09.182 Permanent parenting plan — Determination of relevant information
§ 26.09.184 Permanent parenting plan
§ 26.09.187 Criteria for establishing permanent parenting plan
§ 26.09.191 Restrictions in temporary or permanent parenting plans
§ 26.09.194 Proposed temporary parenting plan — Temporary order — Amendment — Vacation of order
§ 26.09.197 Issuance of temporary parenting plan — Criteria
§ 26.09.210 Parenting plans — Interview with child by court — Advice of professional personnel
§ 26.09.220 Parenting arrangements — Investigation and report — Appointment of guardian ad litem
§ 26.09.225 Access to child’s education and health care records
§ 26.09.231 Residential time summary report
§ 26.09.255 Remedies when a child is taken, enticed, or concealed
§ 26.09.260 Modification of parenting plan or custody decree
§ 26.09.270 Child custody — Temporary custody order, temporary parenting plan, or modification of custody decree — Affidavits required
§ 26.09.280 Parenting plan or child support modification or enforcement — Venue
§ 26.09.285 Designation of custody for the purpose of other state and federal statutes
§ 26.09.290 Final decree of dissolution nunc pro tunc
§ 26.09.300 Restraining orders — Notice — Refusal to comply — Arrest — Penalty — Defense — Peace officers, immunity
§ 26.09.310 Provision of health care to minor — Immunity of health care provider
§ 26.09.315 Child custody issues — Abduction by parent — Information
§ 26.09.405 Applicability
§ 26.09.410 Definitions
§ 26.09.420 Grant of authority
§ 26.09.430 Notice requirement
§ 26.09.440 Notice — Contents and delivery
§ 26.09.450 Notice — Relocation within the same school district
§ 26.09.460 Limitation of notices
§ 26.09.470 Failure to give notice
§ 26.09.480 Objection to relocation or proposed revised residential schedule
§ 26.09.490 Required provision in residential orders
§ 26.09.500 Failure to object
§ 26.09.510 Temporary orders
§ 26.09.520 Basis for determination
§ 26.09.525 Substantially equal residential time
§ 26.09.530 Factor not to be considered
§ 26.09.540 Objections by nonparents
§ 26.09.550 Sanctions
§ 26.09.560 Priority for hearing
§ 26.09.900 Construction — Pending divorce actions
§ 26.09.901 Conversion of pending action to dissolution proceeding
§ 26.09.902 RCW 26.09.900 and 26.09.901 deemed in effect on July 16, 1973
§ 26.09.907 Construction — Pending actions as of January 1, 1988
§ 26.09.909 Decrees entered into prior to January 1, 1988
§ 26.09.910 Short title — 1987 c 460
§ 26.09.911 Section captions — 1987 c 460
§ 26.09.912 Effective date — 1987 c 460
§ 26.09.915 Construction — Chapter applicable to state registered domestic partnerships — 2009 c 521

Terms Used In Washington Code > Chapter 26.09

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • Chambers: A judge's office.
  • Clerk of court: An officer appointed by the court to work with the chief judge in overseeing the court's administration, especially to assist in managing the flow of cases through the court and to maintain court records.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: may be construed to include the United States, this state, or any state or territory, or any public or private corporation or limited liability company, as well as an individual. See Washington Code 1.16.080
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Temporary restraining order: Prohibits a person from an action that is likely to cause irreparable harm. This differs from an injunction in that it may be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party, and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Veto: The procedure established under the Constitution by which the President/Governor refuses to approve a bill or joint resolution and thus prevents its enactment into law. A regular veto occurs when the President/Governor returns the legislation to the house in which it originated. The President/Governor usually returns a vetoed bill with a message indicating his reasons for rejecting the measure. In Congress, the veto can be overridden only by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House.