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Paralegal Service. To use our Independent Paralegal Service to have a paralegal complete all the documents necessary for a Legal Separation with no Dependent Child, please see: Legal Separation with No Dependent Child - Paralegal Service or if there are Dependent Children, see: Legal Separation with Dependent Children - Paralegal Service.

Legal Separation Kit, With Child - Washington State

Legal Separation Kit, With Child - Washington State
  • Author: Amy Wishart, Paralegal
  • Publisher: Do It Yourself Documents, LLC
  • Edition: 16th, 07/2022
  • Available by Download
  • List Price: $47.95
  • Our Price: $34.95
  • All forms are state specific: View States


Washington State FAQ

Legal separation with dependent children is a legal process that is often misunderstood. People often confuse it with divorce, but in fact, there are some significant differences between the two.

In a divorce, the marriage is dissolved, property and debts are divided, child residency and support are established, and other issues such as alimony/maintenance and restraining orders are ruled upon. On the other hand, in a legal separation, the court does the same thing except that your marriage is not dissolved. Your finances are entirely separated, and one of you pays child support for any dependent children of the marriage.

A legal separation protects your property from any debts your spouse may incur after the separation without actually getting a divorce, which is particularly important if getting a divorce goes against your religious beliefs.

Once both parties agree and the paperwork is filed, the court can sign the decree of legal separation.

Regardless of whether both parties are in agreement, one party must file the documents and appear in court with this kit.

The validity of a legal separation persists until either party converts it to a divorce, the petitioner dismisses it, or one of the parties passes away. The conversion of a legal separation to a divorce is contingent upon the passage of six months from the date of the signing of the decree of legal separation. It is important to note that until this time has elapsed, the legal separation remains in effect.

We understand that the process can be overwhelming, but with the purchase of this kit, you can be assured that you have taken the first steps towards success. However, if you do find yourself struggling, you can confidently upgrade to our full service and we will credit the cost of the kit towards the service fee.

  • Instructions
  • Addendum to Confidential Information Form (AD)
  • Summons (SM)
  • Confidential Information Form (INFO)
  • Return of Service (ACSR)
  • Petition for Legal Separation (Marriage)(PTLGSP)
  • Motion and Declaration for Service of Summons by Publication (DCLR)
  • Acceptance of Service (ACSR)
  • Summons by Publication (SMPB)
  • Joinder (JN)
  • Order of Service of Summons by Publication (If Required by Local Practice) (ORPUB)
  • Motion and Declaration To Serve by Mail (MTAF)
  • Order Allowing Service By Mail (ORRSR)
  • Summons By Mail
  • Motion and Declaration for Default
  • Order of Default
  • Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (FNFCL)
  • Decree
  • Parenting Plan **
  • Financial Declaration
  • Washington State Child Support Schedule-Instructions **
  • Washington State Child Support Schedule Worksheets **
  • Order of Child Support **
  • Sealed Financial Source Documents (Cover Sheet)
  • Note for Dissolution Calendar
  • Residential Time Summary Report **
  • Motion to Convert
  • Order to Convert
  • Notice of Hearing
  • Return of Service (ACSR)

This kit may be used for residents of the following Washington State Counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whatcom, Whitman, Yakima


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