Frequently Asked Questions
Local Court Rule forms are available on Superior Court's website. Various kits are available for purchase at the Clerk's office, available kits including fee's can be found here. Washington forms and instructions can also be found online 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.
You may also purchase electronically certified and non-certified documents by following the instructions on our Copy Request page.
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.
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 twenty page limit (not including the cover sheet) during normal business hours. Only documents that do not require a fee may be filed by fax.
Payments may be made in person, by mail or online. Personal checks are NOT accepted. Payment instructions can be found here.
If you have traffic or criminal misdemeanor fines, please contact District Court at 360-337-7109.
Bankruptcies are filed with the United States District Court. Visit www.wawb.uscourts.gov for a directory of Washington Bankruptcy Courts.
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.
The Courthouse Facilitators assist pro se litigants (persons who are NOT represented by attorneys) with Family Law and Title 11 Guardianship cases only. The Facilitators DO NOT complete your forms for you. You should obtain and fill out forms BEFORE scheduling an appointment with a Facilitator. For information regarding forms click here. The paperwork should be filled out to the best of your ability. You will have the time during the appointment to ask questions about the sections you do not understand but the facilitator will not fill out the paperwork for you. The facilitators cannot give you substantive legal advice, only procedural advice and cannot act as your attorney. For more information or to schedule an appointment with the courthouse facilitator, click here.