Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I get forms?
How do I file for dissolution (Divorce)?
How do I request certified copies of filed court documents?
What form of payments are accepted?
Can I file by fax?
How do I pay my fine?
Where can I find information on bankruptcy?
Does the Clerk's office accept proposed orders for filing?

 

 

Where do I get forms?

Local Court Rule forms are available in the Clerk's office and are also available online You may also purchase domestic relations (dissolution, parentage) kits at the Clerk's office (see fee schedule for prices).  In addition, they may be obtained at most bookstores, stationery stores or library or they may be downloaded via the Internet from Washington State at www.courts.wa.gov/forms/ .

How do I file for Dissolution (Divorce)?

You must complete the starting documents for dissolution which is then filed in the Clerk's office. The clerk's office carries packets for purchase with all of the forms and instructions from start to finish. You can also download the forms from the Washington Court Forms Website at www.courts.wa.gov/forms/ . The filing fee is $314.00. 

How do I request certified copies of filed court documents?

The fee for certified copies of filed court documents is $5.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page per document ($.25 per page for non-certified documents). There is an additional fee of $5 for mail requests.  These fees are only applicable if no research is required.  Requests requiring research is $30.00.

You may also purchase electronically certified and non-certified documents at www.clerkepass.com.  There is a sign-on fee, in addition to the costs above.

What forms of payment are accepted?

With the exception of passport applications, all fees, services and fines must be paid by cash, money order or cashier's check. Credit and debit cards are accepted for an additional fee. NO PERSONAL CHECKS are accepted. 

Can I file by fax?

The Clerk's office currently accepts fax filings from Washington State BAR members only.  The charge is $5.00 for the first page, $1.00 each additional page and must be accompanied by the fax filing cover sheet.  There is a ten page limit (not including the cover sheet) during normal business hours.  Only documents that do not require a fee may be filed by fax.

How do I pay my fine?

Payment of Superior Court criminal fines (adult and juvenile) must be in the form of cash, cashier's check or money order.  You may pay in person, mail your payment or pay by credit card through Official Payments by calling 1-800-272-9829 or visit them at  www.officialpayments.com.  You will need to enter jurisdiction code 5624 and have your case number ready.  Official Payments charges a convenience fee for this service.

If you have traffic or criminal misdemeanor fines, please contact District Court at 360-337-7109.  

Where can I find information on bankruptcy?

Bankruptcies are filed with the United States District Court.  Visit www.wawb.uscourts.gov for a directory of Washington Bankruptcy Courts.

Does the Clerk's office accept proposed orders for filing?

Proposed orders are not accepted in the Clerk's office for filing with the exception of Parenting Plans only.  Bench copies should be provided to Superior Court Administration in Room 210.